A few days ago, Texas State dropped its fifth consecutive game.
Perhaps the worst aspect of it, for many Bobcat fans, was that it happened at the hands of UTSA. The Roadrunners, in their third year of existence as a program, manhandled Texas State last Saturday. UTSA beat the Bobcats, 38-31.
Here is the good, the bad and the ugly from Texas State’s loss.
• Shaun Rutherford — Despite running for his life most of the second half, Rutherford had a fantastic afternoon for the Bobcats. Rutherford threw for a season-high 324 yards, accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and brought Texas State within one score several times.
• Smith’s second effort — With his team down 38-24 late in the fourth quarter, true freshman wide receiver Brandon Smith caught a quick slant from Rutherford at the 7-yard line. Smith made his first defender miss, then plowed into a host of other Roadrunners and reached the end zone for his first collegiate touchdown.
• Clavell-Head’s awareness — For the second time this season, junior defensive end Jamie Clavell-Head picked off a screen pass. Clavell-Head’s first interception of the season came against Utah State and he matched it last Saturday in San Antonio. His takeaway ended UTSA quarterback Eric Soza’s consecutive attempt streak without an interception at 256.
• Punt coverage on Harrison’s return — Only one Bobcat had a chance at tackling Roadrunner return man Kenny Harrison and that was junior punter Zach Robinson, who whiffed on the attempt. Robinson went 79 yards up the middle of Texas State’s coverage for not only the longest punt return in UTSA history, but the first touchdown on a punt return.
• The Bobcats’ Rush ‘D’efense — One of these days Texas State is going to figure out how to stop the run. Until that happens, days like last Saturday will continue to happen. The Roadrunners gashed the Bobcats for 299 rushing yards, doubling their season average. It marked the fourth consecutive game that an opponent rushed for more than 250 yards on Texas State.
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