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Necessarily Rough: Texas State Loses in I-AA Semis

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Northern Iowa 40
Texas State 37

I know the Texas State that made the I-AA football semifinals isn’t the same one featured in the movie Necessary Roughness. I know this because Kathy Ireland was nowhere to be seen.

But after watching tonight’s game where Texas State played the semifinal game — at home — against Northern Iowa, watching the first three quarters seemed to dictate that the Fightin’ Armadillos Bobcats were penned in as one of the teams playing in the I-AA final game.

Get the whiteout.

The UNI Panthers defeated Texas State in overtime. It was an overtime period that may not have been necessary.

David Bailiff becomes yet another coach to make what looks now to be a bonehead decision. With a tie game, little over a minute left in the 4th quarter, the ball on their own 25 yard line and all three timeouts ready to use, Bailiff told his team to take a knee and run out the clock. They would have had to drive 75 yards for a touchdown, and likely about 45-50 yards for a reasonable field goal. Easy? No. Doable? Oh yeah. But they didn’t even try.

In the previous drive, UNI drove most of the field while down by eight points to tie the game and convert the two-point PAT.

Bailiff told reporters he wanted to play the percentages by going straight to overtime. Yep, and Grady Little didn’t need to take Pedro Martinez out during Game 7 of the ’03 ALCS. Gentlemen, start your armchair coaching.

Poor guy. Bailiff brought the Bobcats to the I-AA playoffs for the first time in school history. They knocked off I-AA powerhouse Georgia Southern in the first round. But tonight, after the fans were psyched for the final game-winning drive that never was, Bailiff’s coaching move sucked the excitement right out of Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium. The team was even booed by their own fans after the kneeldowns.

Heh. I said “Wacker.”

But while Texas State’s dream season comes to an end, the future may be bright for quarterback Barrick Nealy, who the ESPN2 commentators said may have NFL potential. Despite Nealy throwing the game-losing interception in overtime, he did throw three touchdowns on 16-of-25 passes, with 221 yards. He also added 64 yards on the ground and even caught a pass for 31 yards.

In Texas State’s game against Division I-A Texas A&M, Nealy had even better numbers: 26-of-34 for 378 yards with 3 touchdowns and an INT, as well as a rushing TD and a dazzling 38-yard run which ESPN2 showed during the game tonight.

Some athlete. Keep an eye on this young man; he may be drafted in one of the late rounds of the NFL Draft.

And on that note, let’s look at more pictures of Kathy Ireland.

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