by Kiersten Ehr
The Texas State football team, currently at a 1-2 record, will be up against the 2-0 University of Houston Cougars this Saturday, September 26th.
The Bobcats are coming off a blistering 56-50 loss at home versus Southern Miss this past weekend during the first Texas State #TXSTWhiteOut. Houston is entering this matchup after a bye week which gave the Cougars extra prep time after the Cougars won 34-31 at Louisville two weeks ago.
Junior quarterback Tyler Jones was named The Sun Belt Conference SBC Offensive Student Athlete of the Week after Jones had an astonishing career game this past weekend. Even with the devastating loss at home, Jones accumulated 470 yards in total offense and helped drive five touchdowns against Southern Miss in front of thousands of Bobcats fans.
Jones has proven that he is a quarterback to take note of and pay attention to.
The running game has vastly improved for Jones this season as he ran for a career-high of 160 yards, equaling his career-high of two touchdown runs on 18 carries against the non-conference Southern Miss. Jones also completed his career-best 31 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns versus the Golden Eagles.
Room for Improvement:
On of the areas that the Bobcats need to work on is the defense. Obviously coach Franchione has the uttermost respect and confidence in his starting QB Tyler Jones, but Franchione knows that Tyler needs to make sure his throws are 100% accurate to his passers. Simple overthrown passes by Jones versus Southern Miss made an impact in the way Texas State executed important plays especially third downs.
Being an underdog has it’s advantages:
I was a spectator on the sidelines during the past game, and I noticed that the Bobcats had many opportunities to score during the final minutes of the game but the aggression in taking time off the clock and being conservative in certain plays was not executed as the way it could have been. Texas State should have the mindset coming into Houston that the Bobcats team needs a win.
A road win would be fantastic and would spark confidence in the defense and offense. It can be done. The Cougars are a non- conference team and Houston has a 14 point favorite to win, but Texas State can be that underdog team that can give the Cougars something to be scared of.
The game Saturday, September 26th will be Texas State’s first non-conference game at the Houston Cougars TDECU Stadium. Kick-off starts at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN3 and can be heard live on KTSW 89.9. The Official Texas State Football Away Game Watch Party will be held at Louie’s Oyster House in San Marcos.