Texas St. wins opener at Southern Miss


by Matt Mitchell

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Posted on August 31, 2013 at 10:56 PM

  Tyler Arndt rushed for a 17-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to rally Texas State past Southern Mississippi 22-15 on Saturday night.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first half, but gave up 12 unanswered points before Arndt led the decisive 75-yard drive to take the lead with 2:54 remaining.

Texas State took advantage of six Southern Miss turnovers, including four lost fumbles.

Southern Miss lost in the debut of coach Todd Monken. The Golden Eagles have lost 13 straight games. Their last win was in the 2011 Hawaii Bowl and the losing streak is the longest in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Allan Bridgford threw for 377 yards for the Golden Eagles.

Texas State is playing its second season against a full FBS schedule and is in its first season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Bobcats are coached by veteran Dennis Franchione, who has also coached at Alabama and Texas A&M.

Texas State didn't have an overly productive night on offense -- with only 215 total yards -- but the Bobcats were opportunistic.

They took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter when Craig Mager ripped the ball away fromTyre'oune Holmes after a short completion and ran untouched 44 yards for a touchdown.

Jordan Moore threw a 23-yard touchdown to Robert Lowe with 8:52 left in the second quarter to push Texas State ahead 14-0 with 8:52 remaining in the second quarter. It was Moore's only completion of the game.

The Bobcats led 14-3 at halftime despite only 100 total yards of offense.