A 48-45 overtime win puts the Texas State Bobcats back in the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2005. Texas State ends the regular season with an 8-4 record and wins the Southland Conference Championship, thus getting the auto-bid into the playoffs. Central Arkansas had a better record but because they are still an FCS transition team they were not elligible for the playoffs or the Southland Conference Championship.
We will find out Sunday at 7pm CST where the Bobcats will play next Saturday. There is a slim chance the Bobcats could get a home game but more likely it will be on the road against Montana, Cal Poly or the University of Northern Iowa.
Texas State has a history with two of those schools. During the playoff run in 2005 Texas State defeated Cal Poly at Bobcat stadium in the second round of the playoffs and then lost to UNI in overtime in the semi-finals, also at Bobcat Stadium. Texas State has lost to Cal Poly during the 2003 season in an away game and beat Cal Poly in Bobcat stadium to start the 2007 season.
It has been an amazing season for the Bobcats. At the start of the season it looked like this team was heading in the wrong direction but as the season wore on the team responded time and time again and that's just the way the final game against Sam Houston went. The first quarter was dismal with the Bearkats taking a 21-0 lead but finally in the 3rd quarter the Bobcats tied the game at 28, then took the lad 35-28 and 42-35 only to see Sam Houston tie the game and sent it into overtime. Sam Houston was held to a field goal in their part of the overtime period. A run around the right side led to the game winning touchdown for Texas State as the field filled with Texas State fans and the Southland Conference trophy was held high by players in the middle of the field.