They couldn't have asked for a better opportunity.
Texas State kicker Alan Orona has hit hundreds of extra points before. With the score tied at 41 against Texas-San Antonio, all he had to do was hit one more with just over a minute to go in regulation. The limited crowd at Bobcat Stadium was left stunned when the kick went wide right.
Before Orona found himself with the game resting on his foot, the Bobcats were down 41-28 with three minutes and 24 seconds to go Saturday. Undeterred, they put together a timely touchdown drive to close the gap to 41-35 and forced a three-and-out right after. Texas State still had less than two minutes in the game.
A general view of a football (Photo: Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports)
But they didn't need it.
The Roadrunners were torched by Jeremiah Haydel on a miraculous 91-yard kick return to all but complete the comeback. All the Bobcats had to do was hit the extra point.
Following Orona's blunder, the two teams continued to clash through two overtime periods until UTSA was able to come away with the finishing blow.
TEXAS STATE MISSES THE GAME WINNING EXTRA POINT AFTER RETURNING A 91 YARD KICKOFF pic.twitter.com/1gVkWKabF0
Like Texas State, all UTSA had to do was nail an easy kick and they would walk off the field as winners. UTSA's Hunter Duplessis didn't make the same mistake as his Bobcats counterpart.
Dupplessis nailed the go-ahead 29-yard field goal as the Roadrunners won their opener and sent the Bobcats to 0-2.
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