The Texas State Bobcats opened their 2020 season at home against the SMU Mustangs. The game was nationally televised and played in front of a “socially distanced” crowd. While the Bobcats narrowly lost 31-24, they impressed the nation and nearly pulled off an upset in their ESPN debut.
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Of course, the play of the day HAD to be Jeremiah Haydels’ one-handed touchdown catch just before halftime. Sportcenter has already dubbed the spectacular snag as an early-season “Play of the year” nominee.
The Bobcats entered halftime tied 14-14 with SMU.
SMU would respond with a touchdown drive of their own. After a questionable fumble, the Mustangs rushed to the line to avoid a video review of the previous play. Former UT Longhorn Shane Buechele unleashed a 51-yard toss to receiver Reggie Roberson Jr. who dove into the end-zone just as he was tackled. SMU would take a lead which they would hold on to win the game.
The Bobcats entered the 4th quarter trailing the Mustangs by seven. The Texas State defense would hold SMU to just three points in the quarter as they did their best to keep the game close. Key turnovers would keep the Bobcats in the hunt.