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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Vandals comeback falls short in Texas

Despite racking up 523 yards of offense and holding the ball for over 41 minutes, Idaho had no answer for Texas State running back Terrance Franks, who ran for 284 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. The Vandals dropped to 0-3 in conference and 0-5 overall as their second-half rally fell short in a 35-30 loss to the Bobcats (1-0, 2-2) in San Marcos, Texas. The Vandals took the opening kickoff and moved 62 yards in 13 plays before stalling at the Texas State 13-yard line and settling for a 29-yard field goal by kicker Austing Rehkow. It would be Idaho’s only score in the first two quarters as the Vandals failed to capitalize on two first-half Bobcats turnovers. Meanwhile, Texas State’s Franks scored on runs of 70 and 95 yards to give the Bobcats a 21-3 lead at the half. The Vandals scored 13 unanswered points in the third quarter to close the gap to 21-16 before Franks struck again to start the fourth quarter – taking a pitch left and darting around and though Idaho defenders for another 70-yard touchdown run and extending Texas State’s lead to 28-16. The teams traded touchdowns and Idaho trailed 35-23 when it took over the ball at its own 20 with 9:25 left in the game. The Vandals converted three fourth downs on the drive – two on a one-yard rush and a nine-yard completion by quarterback Matt Linehan, who finished 33 of 52 for 347 yards and two interceptions – and the third on a one-yard touchdown run by Elijhaa Penny to cut the deficit to 35-30. Idaho held Texas State to a three-and-out on its next possession and took over the ball on its own 25 with 1:17 left. Following a 17-yard completion to Joshua McCain, Linehan was intercepted by the Bobcats’ Germod Williams and Texas State ran out the clock.