LSU traveled to San Marcos, Texas to renew their annual pre-season match-up with Texas State on Friday night at West Campus Field. While sloppy play was expected from both clubs in their first match of 15s season, play was surprisingly crisp and the raucous crowd was treated to a hard-hitting affair.
Texas State struck first when winger Eric Enright dotted down a try in the corner off of the assist from junior center Scottie Tatum, who exploited an overloaded LSU backline. Scoring then began to see-saw as both clubs pressed deep into each other's territory, only occasionally drawing blood.
LSU went into the half with a narrow 10-5 lead. Both clubs scored early in the second half and midway through, junior Texas State hooker Pete Therriat took a pass off of a penalty play from senior captain Walker Cagle about 22 meters out, bowling over and evading several LSU defenders for the try. Evan von zur Muehlen converted the extra kick to tie the match at 17 all.
With only a few minutes remaining, LSU capitalized on solid and quick recycling at the breakdown deep in Texas State territory to dive over in the corner for the game winning try.
"Disappointed that we let one slip out of our grasp tonight, but also pretty pleased with our boys’ effort. They showed that we have the potential to take the Southwest Conference (SWC) title this year,” said Texas State captain Walker Cagle.
“If we train consistently and dedicate ourselves to fitness and further developing our core skills with both the experienced players and the young talent, we can be a solid contender."
"We have an outstanding class of rookies that has a ton of potential and will contribute to the Club immediately," coach Scot Courtney added.
Texas State will play in the SWC invitational 15s tournament Saturday in Austin before they open SWC play on the road against SFA in Nacogdoches, Texas the following week. LSU