Texas State senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford is the first to admit he needs to be steadier under center.
“As I told you after the SFA game, the biggest thing with me is consistency” Rutherford said after last Saturday’s 35-14 loss to New Mexico.
In the first half against the Lobos, Rutherford looked solid. Rutherford completed 11 of his 13 passes for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His throw on a 35-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Andy Erickson couldn’t have been better.
Rutherford, who is ranked 15th in the nation by ESPN’s Quarterback Rating, fell off in the second half. He only threw for 39 yards and one of his eight pass attempts landed in UNM’s hands.
In both of the Bobcats’ wins this season, Rutherford was stout in each half. Outside of a rough fourth quarter against Stephen F. Austin, Rutherford guided Texas State’s offense well in victories over the Lumberjacks and Houston.
The same can’t be said in the second half of Bobcat losses. Rutherford is 8-of-16 for 72 yards with an interception and has been pulled each game in favor of junior quarterback Tyler Arndt.
In order for Texas State to have as much success as possible in conference play, which begins Saturday night against Idaho, Rutherford needs to develop into a consistent threat.