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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (1-9) at Texas State Bobcats (2-7)
College Football: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Bobcat Stadium)
The Line: Texas State Bobcats -6.5
Matchup: UL-Monroe QB Garrett Smith vs. Texas State LB Damani Alexcee — Containing the Warhawks’ signal-caller will pose a challenge to Texas State’s struggling defense. The redshirt freshman from Spring Branch, Texas, has passed for 2,033 yards and 17 touchdowns and is second on the team in rushing with 359 yards. Alexcee will need a big game. He leads the Bobcats with 70 tackles (56 solo).
Players: UL-Monroe RB Ben Luckett — Leads the team in rushing with 373 yards and 6.2 average per carry despite not starting. The redshirt freshman from Palestine had an 85-yard touchdown run in the loss to Arkansas State; Texas State S Stephan Johnson — The sophomore’s two interceptions against Georgia State were the first two picks of the season for the Bobcats, who will need more of the same against UL-Monroe.
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks look to get their second win and snap a seven road game losing streak. Garrett Smith is completing 57.2 percent of his passes for 2,033 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Smith has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Ajalen Holley and Marcus Green have combined for 1,127 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Rashon Ceaser has 31 receptions. The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks ground game is averaging 103.4 yards per contest, and Ben Luckett leads the way with 358 yards and two touchdowns Defensively, Louisiana Monroe is allowing 39.6 points and 440.9 yards per game. Hunter Kissinger leads the Warhawks with 92 tackles, Tre’ Hunter has two interceptions and Ben Banogu has four sacks. Brady Willcut, Brandon Bridgers and Cody Robinson are questionable.
The Texas State Bobcats look for their third home win to snap a three-game losing streak. Tyler Jones is completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,900 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Jones has three passing touchdowns in his last three games. Jafus Gaines and C.J. Best have combined for 784 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Brandon Smith has 21 receptions. The Texas State Bobcats ground game is averaging 193.8 yards per contest, and Robert Lowe leads the way with 805 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Texas State is allowing 41.6 points and 559.8 yards per game. Damani Alexcee leads the Bobcats with 70 tackles, Stephan Johnson has two interceptions and Marcus Dallas, Jr. has two sacks.
The Warhawks are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games in November and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bobcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in November and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.