The Bobcats drop their first game of the season in a tough loss to the Red Raiders of Texas Tech 33-7.
There were a lot of questions after the loss on Saturday night to Texas Tech, but there was one thing that was almost certain, the Texas State defense is the real deal.
Tech would sub in walk-on freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield in favor of freshman Davis Webb in the first quarter.
In the first half, the Bobcat defense held Tech’s offense to zero touchdowns and forced both quarterbacks to throw an interception each. The defense was stout, holding Tech to an uncharacteristic 13 points at the end of the first half. The offense’s inconsistencies probably cost Texas State in the end however.
Texas State had the ball on the Red Raider one-yard line twice in the first half. One ended with quarterback Tyler Arndt throwing an interception on an ill-advised pass under pressure and another ended with Chris Nutall being stuffed twice and Arndt throwing an incomplete pass on 4th down.
The first half ended with a score of 13-0.
The Bobcats received the ball at the beginning of the second half and running back Robert Lowe would be the catalyst for Texas State’s first touchdown narrowing Tech’s lead to six.
Head Coach Dennis Franchione then tried a surprise onside kick to try and play a little more off of the momentum from the touchdown. However, the ball didn’t travel the necessary 10 yards and Tech received the ball opening in State territory.
The defense’s fatigue began to show as Tech drove down the field for their first offensive touchdown and then again in the fourth quarter to make the score 30-7. Tech would kick one last field goal to make the final; score 33-7.
After the game Tyler Arndt would take a lot of responsibility for the offense’s struggles.
“I had two turnovers tonight,” said Arndt. “I’ve got to get better in that aspect of the game. Our defense played great tonight. You can chalk this one up to the offense.”
Texas State will return to San Marcos next Saturday to take on the Wyoming Cowboys.
- The quarterback position is still Arndt’s
- Texas State came out passing. Attempting to throw Tech off guard but it got away from their identity of the run game.
- Despite the yardage, the defense is still a very good good unit with forcing turnovers and stopping points from getting on the board.
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