Vitt’s 5 picks doom Bob­cats’ up­set bid

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - College Football - STAFF REP ORT

Fresh­man quar­ter­back Tyler Vitt threw five in­ter­cep­tions as Texas State fell 12-7 to Troy on Satur­day in Troy, Ala.

The Tro­jans (9-2, 7-0 Sun Belt) have won seven straight against the Bob­cats (3-8, 1-6) and 13 in a row in the con­fer­ence.

Troy’s only scores were field goals. Tyler Sumpter con­nected from 36 yards in the first quar­ter, 47 and 42 yards in the sec­ond quar­ter, and 27 yards in the fourth quar­ter to give the Tro­jans a 12-0 lead. An­thony D. Tay­lor capped Texas State’s only scor­ing drive with a 3-yard touch­down run in the fourth quar­ter.

The Bob­cats ac­tu­ally out­gained the Tro­jans 284-220, but Troy did not have a turnover, while Texas State gave the ball away six times.

Troy quar­ter­back Sawyer Smith com­pleted 13 of 27 passes for 79 yards, and B.J. Smith paced the Tro­jans’ run game with 94 yards on 24 car­ries. Caleb Twyford was Texas State’s lead­ing rusher with 73 yards on 11 car­ries.

Vitt fin­ished the day 9-of-23 pass­ing for 155 yards, plus seven car­ries for 23 yards in his first start since Oct. 20 against ULM. The MacArthur High grad missed two games be­cause of an in­jury and had taken a back seat to sopho­more Wil­lie Jones III.

Jones threw for 438 yards with four touch­downs and no in­ter­cep­tions while run­ning for 172 yards and two scores as Texas State won both games Vitt missed, beat­ing Ge­or­gia State and New Mex­ico State. But coach Everett Withers an­nounced this week that Jones will miss the rest of the sea­son with a shoul­der in­jury that re­quires surgery.

On the year, Vitt has com­pleted 101 of 165 passes for 1,026 yards with seven touch­downs and 10 in­ter­cep­tions, plus 71 car­ries for 198 yards and two scores on the ground.

Niko­las Daniels led Texas State’s de­fense with 16 tack­les Satur­day, while Bryan Lon­don II had 15.

Texas State closes its sea­son against Arkansas State at 3 p.m. Satur­day in San Mar­cos.

Billy Calzada / Staff pho­tog­ra­pher

QB Tyler Vitt and Texas State fell just short of beat­ing UTSA in Septem­ber, and lost an­other close one to Troy on Satur­day.

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