By Russell Ramsey
The Bobcat football team fell 42-3 to the No. 24 University Of Arkansas Razorbacks in a tough game following a bye week.
The Bobcats struggled from the get go, failing to gain any momentum on offense while their defense could not slow down the Razorbacks, who finished with over 450 total yards on offense. Tyler Jones could not find a rhythm against one of the more stout defenses he is sure to see all year.
The SEC caliber offensive and defensive lines created a match up problem for the Bobcats all night. Defensively, the Bobcats allowed over 200 yards on the ground, which complemented the Razorbacks passing game, finishing the game for over 250 yards. Offensively, the Bobcats line allowed five sacks while only rushing for 22 yards as a team.
The Razorbacks played like a top 25 team tonight and the Bobcats were outmatched. They managed to key defensively on Jones and force another Bobcat to step up and beat them. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, it seems as Jones goes so the game goes as they ultimately could not find the end zone.
Defensively, the size of the Razorback offensive line took it’s toll. Arkansas was able to run the ball with relative ease finishing the game with over five yards per carry. The quarterback for Arkansas, Austin Allen, managed to complete a few deep passes after the focus had been placed on the interior run game, including one touchdown pass for over 70 yards. The game was cut short due to approaching weather systems with both coaches agreeing to play 10 minutes in the final period instead of the usual 15.
In what will be considered a rough game by many included many coachable moments for Coach Withers. The Bobcats had some of their weaknesses exploited, but with film, Coach Withers can hope to correct anything he saw in preparation for the Bobcats home opener next Saturday against the University of Houston. Houston is ranked No. 4 after a win on Thursday, making them the highest ever ranked team to ever play against the Bobcats in San Marcos.
Be sure to come out and support your Bobcats against the highest ever ranked opponent they have faced at home next Saturday, September 24 6:00 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.