The grades will be expounded in today’s edition of the Daily Record, but here are the marks for the Texas State football team against Southern Utah. Feel free to add your own in the comment section.
Running backs: C
Wide receivers: B
Offensive line: D-
Defensive line: D
Special teams: D-
Saturday’s loss to Southern Utah was a wake-up call for the Texas State football team. The Bobcats were unprepared to play against the Thunderbirds and the product on the field showed. SUU stuck to a gameplan and dominated Texas State at the line of scrimmage. The Bobcat secondary still struggled to defend the crossing routes and missed plenty of tackles.
The question is, where does Texas State go from here? The season isn’t over, not by any stretch of the imagination, but things need to be fixed.
I will be taking one or two questions for Texas State head coach Brad Wright following this game from the readers. Please, keep them respectful and insightful. Post them in the comment section and we’ll go from there. Thanks.
HERE ARE SOME QUOTES FROM WRIGHT FOLLOWING THE GAME:
“I knew right after pregame warm-ups that we weren’t ready to play. You can get the feeling aout how guys are and I told Coach (Travis) Bush and tried to get them to understand they need to wake up and get after it.”
“I guess ultimately, it’s my fault as a head coach for having a poorly prepared football team on the field. That’s basically the bottom line. I didn’t impress these young men enough with the fact that we’re about to play a very good football team. I failed them. I failed this university. I need to get better at what I do.”
- 20-7 SUU at halftime and Texas State needs to do something to change their fortunes.
- The story of the game so far is how flat the Bobcats have come out for the second-straight home game. Texas State needs the crowd behind the team and this isn’t going to do it.
- Silence falls over Bobcat Stadium, and then boos, as Cameron Luke fumbles the ball after a catch across the middle.
- One play later, TOUCHDOWN SUU. 30-yard pass to Nick Miller. 27-7 THUNDERBIRDS.
- Nothing’s going well for Texas State right now as it just had a 12-yard punt.
- The Bobcats can’t tackle at all tonight. When they try, the linebackers and secondary are blowing right by the ball carrier. Stone has a good set of legs on him and can escape pressure. He had 34 yards rushing at halftime.
- Texas State scored, but chose to go for two, down 34-13. The question is why? If they got it, the Bobcats would be down 19 points, which is still three scores.
- We have a Bradley George sighting. He’s in the game with 6:03 remaining. Toon threw two interceptions and only led Texas State to 13 points.
- Texas State lost both Morris Crosby and Will Thompson to injuries in the first half of the game.
Check back here for the live blog from the Texas State vs. Southern Utah football game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and the Bobcats are looking to put together a two-game win streak.
- Nice weather today as there are only a few clouds in the sky and temperatures hovering around 90 degrees.
- The biggest question going into this game is will the Bobcat secondary make the Southern Utah quarterback look better than he is? Hopefully, Texas State will put them away early enough not to have to answer that question.
- The Thunderbirds won the toss and chose to defer. The Bobcats will receive the kick to open the game.
- Karrington Bush muffs the opening kickoff and Southern Utah recovers it at the 18-yard line. Thunderbird ball.
- TOUCHDOWN SUU. Deckar Alexander 7-yard run. 7-0 THUNDERBIRDS.
- For the second straight week, Mishak Rivas gets the opening play from scrimmage.
- Texas State goes for it on 4th-and-1, but it’s stopped at by the SUU defense. If the Thunderbirds come back to score, it will be a huge question of why.
- FIELD GOAL, SUU. 38-YARD FG through the uprights. 10-0 THUNDERBIRDS.
- 18-yard completion to Cameron Luke on 3rd-and-5. Good read by Clint Toon.
- The Bobcats are simply being outplayed in the first quarter by SUU. The Thunderbirds defense looks quick and are putting a lot of pressure on Toon.
- TOUCHDOWN SUU. Kenny Apilli with a 25-yard run. 17-0 THUNDERBIRDS.
- Texas State brought the blitz to open the second quarter and was nailed with a pass interference penalty.
- Interception for the Bobcats on the next play. Defense looked awfully excited. See if it jump starts the offense.
- TOUCHDOWN TEXAS STATE. Karrington Bush with the fake-option dive. 17-7 THUNDERBIRDS.
- FIELD GOAL, SUU. 51-YARD FG through the uprights. 20-7 THUNDERBIRDS.
- Personal foul on Jeff Bowen nullifies a sizable gain by Stan Zwinggi. 3rd-and-19 now.
- Texas State misses a 47-yard FG with seven seconds remaining. HALFTIME.
Texas State finally returns home after a two-game road trip to play Southern Utah. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Bobcats enter the game 2-1 after skimping by Northern Colorado last week. The Thunderbirds are 1-3 after losing to Northern Iowa last Saturday.
On paper, it should be an easy win for Texas State, yet, games aren’t played on paper. The Bobcats also have a history of playing down to their opponent’s level.
This said, I do think Texas State will come out strong and try to make a statement. The Bobcats better play some defense or it could get ugly.
Texas State -14
Would you take that bet or do you wager against it?
- Southern Utah brings a 1-3 record into the game against Texas State on Saturday.
- The Thunderbirds lost to Air Force, Montana and Northern Iowa.
- SUU only held the ball for 18 minutes against the Panthers last weekend.
- The Thunderbirds’ defense isn’t the best in the Football Championship Subdivision. SUU ranks 105th against the run and 71st vs. the pass (out of 118 teams in the FCS).
- The Thunderbirds rank 98th in total defense, allowing 429 yards of offense a game. Guess who is 99th. Texas State.
- SUU runs the spread offense, which seems to give the Bobcats fits.
- Last game, the Thunderbirds passed 48 times for 304 yards.
- The more the Texas State secondary is on the field, the more chances for it to be picked apart as the game wears on.
- This should be a game the Bobcats win easily, but like tomorrow’s story in the Daily Record says, stats can be misleading.
Texas State won its first non-conference road game in six years after beating Northern Colorado 38-35. It wasn’t a pretty win for the Bobcats, but a win nonetheless. Before looking forward to Southern Utah, we must look back at the game that was.
Here’s the Daily Record’s report card for Texas State vs. UNCO:
Quarterback – B-
- Clint Toon played well enough for the Bobcats to win. Toon completed 18-of-36 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown. He also was intercepted once on a bad read in the end zone. The pick came at the end of the half and his gaffe cost the Bobcats six points.
Running backs – A
- Both Stan Zwinggi and Alvin Canady had big games in place of Karrington Bush, who sat the bench due to inconsistency. Zwinggi rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Canady scored twice. Canady also caught a touchdown to tie the game at 7-all. His second touchdown run put Texas State ahead 35-28.
Wide receivers – C
- With the exception of Canady out of the backfield and Cameron Luke, the receivers weren’t anything special against the Bears. Many of Toon’s incompletions came off dropped passes, which cannot happen at the FCS level. The Bobcats had three completions of more than 20 yards, but should have had more if the balls Toon threw were caught.
Offensive line – B
- Texas State’s offensive line was able to pave the way for 180 yards on the ground, 116 of which came from the legs of Zwinggi. The Bobcats created holes for the backs when needed and gave Toon protection to make his reads. Several times, the pocket broke down, forcing Toon on the run. Toon was sacked twice in the game and the line needs to be sure to account for all blitzers or at least recognize it coming.
Defensive line – B
- Texas State’s defensive line overcame a slow start to have a big game. After UNCO broke an 80-yard touchdown run right through the middle, the Bobcats’ line dug deep. Travis Houston, Wellington DeShield, Ray Parker and Freddy Paige each recorded a tackle for a loss. DeShield and Paige each sacked Bear quarterback Bryan Waggener once.
Linebackers – A
- Courtney Smith, Marcus Clark and Joe Bell each played huge for the Bobcats in the 38-35 win. Smith was named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week after recording 11 tackles, an interception and a sack. Clark tallied four tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss and Bell returned an interception for a touchdown.
Secondary – D-
- The lone saving grace from giving the Bobcat secondary a failing grade was Morris Crosby’s interception off a tipped pass. For the second straight week, Texas State was torched through the air. The Bobcats gave up 392 yards passing, including two long touchdown passes. Texas State needs more consistent play out of its safeties and as of right now, it’s not happening. Drenard Williams was lucky his spearing penalty didn’t cost his team a win.
Special Teams – B
- Solid day out of both Andrew Ireland and Ben Follis. Ireland split the uprights with the potential game-winner and Follis averaged 40.3 yards per punt. The Bobcats need to straighten out their punt return team, as E.J. LeBlanc had nowhere to go. When he did, he chose to backtrack, rather than go straight. LeBlanc finished with three returns for five yards.
The Southland Conference announced its offensive and defensive players of the week. Nice to see the Bobcats getting noticed on the defensive side of the ball.
Defensive Player of the Week: Courtney Smith, Texas State
Smith ed Texas State with 12 tackles, including nine solo stops, in the 38-35 victory at Northern Colorado. The senior from Statesboro, Ga., also registered one sack (-8 yards) and intercepted a pass and returned it 9 yards. His biggest play of the day came with 19.2 seconds left at Texas State’s 1-yard line when he forced a fumble by Northern Colorado quarterback Bryan Waggener and the Bobcats recovered to preserve the victory. Texas State took a knee on the final play of the game to win their first non-conference road game since 2001.
Honorable Mention: Andrew Eddie, Nicholls State; Chris Bown, Sam Houston State.
On Tuesday, the Daily Record will be running its report card on Texas State’s game the previous Saturday. What do you think the grades should be of the following areas?
Feel free to post your grades in the comments section and we’ll average them together and include them in our story.