by Dean Garcia
SAN MARCOS, TX – Texas State dominated Prairie View A&M early. The Bobcats put the Panthers in their rear view mirror in the 1st quarter and never looked back.
The Bobcats got up 35-3 in the first quarter with the rushing attack, gaining over 100 yards in the quarter. Senior running back Robert Lowe got the scoring started with a run from the one yard line. The Bobcats got inside the 10 when Tyler Jones connected with Jafus Gaines down the left side. After the Bobcats forced the Panthers to punt, Chris Nutall capped a five play, 61-yard drive with a nine-yard run. Less than two minutes later Jones hit senior wide out Brandon Smith for a 65-yard pass to make the score 20-3. After Prairie View got on the board with a 30-yard field goal and Nutall rushed for another touchdown the 1st quarter looked to be ending with a Panther punt that would pin the Bobcats inside the 20. Sophomore Brandon McDowell gathered the punt and took it to the house for a 95-yard touchdown, the longest in Texas State history, and first punt return touchdown since Craig Mager did it in 2012.
The 2nd quarter was more of the same, Robert Lowe or Chris Nutall rush. Texas State extended the lead with a 10 play, 66-yard drive finished off by Lowe on a one-yard rush. Even though the stat line for Jones said he was 11 for 13 in pass attempts he was not sharp, underthrowing a ball to Gaines and throwing high, and throwing high on a quick throw to the flat. The Bobcats set a school another record for most yards in a half, amassing 440 yards in the first half.
In the 3rd quarter Chris Nutall got his first receiving touchdown of his career on a 21-yard pass from Jones to make the score 63-17, that would be the end of Jones’ night and most of the starters. Texas State looked like the better team, like they were supposed to, but didn’t look sharp. The Bobcats fumbled twice losing one of them and had six penalties called on them for 80-yards.
“We never let them breathe, never let them have a chance, never them in it,” Head Coach Dennis Franchione said.
Coach Franchione also talked about the teams mistakes not being costly tonight, but needing to clean them up especially against better teams. Tyler Jones spread the ball around well tonight, with two wide outs close to 100 yards, and Demun Mercer should’ve been close, but dropped a 46-yard pass. Overall Texas State did what they should’ve to a lesser talented team, but will have to clean things up to beat teams coming up most notably Houston in two weeks.