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McBride throws 5 TDs to rally Texas St. past Arkansas St.

Texas State quarterback Brady McBride looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Boston.
Texas State quarterback Brady McBride looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo)

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Brady McBride threw for five touchdowns, and Calvin Hill’s six-yard run with 34 seconds left sent Texas State past Arkansas State 47-45 on Saturday.

McBride threw for 443 yards, and Logan Bonner and Layne Hatcher combined to throw for 462 yards and four touchdowns for the Red Wolves in a game that saw a total of six lead changes.

McBride threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Trevis Graham Jr. to put Texas State (2-9, 2-5 Sun Belt Conference) ahead 24-10 with 9:56 left before halftime.

Arkansas State (3-6, 1-5) rallied with four touchdowns — a pair before halftime — and led 38-27 with 13:50 left in the game.

But McBride led the Texas State comeback, throwing a 5-yard scoring pass to Marcell Barbee a little more than two minutes later. He connected with Graham again, this time on a 15-yard scoring pass, and the Bobcats led 41-38.

Arkansas State then used a 12-play, 65-yard drive that took more than five minutes that ended with Jamal Jones scoring from a yard out for the Red Wolves' last lead of the game.

Jeremiah Haydel helped give Texas State a shorter field to work with returning the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to the Texas State 43-yard line.

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