Monthly Archives: November 2012

College Football: How They Match Up (New Mexico State Edition)

Take a look at how Texas State and New Mexico State match up in tomorrow afternoon’s game at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats need a win to snap a five-game losing streak and to go into the off-season with some momentum.

Texas State

  • Scoring offense: 25.2 points per game
  • Scoring defense: 34 points per game
  • Rush offense: 155.1 yards per game
  • Pass offense: 211.2 yards per game
  • Rush defense: 237.4 yards per game
  • Pass defense: 253.4 yards per game
  • Penalty yards: 65.5 yards per game

New Mexico State

  • Scoring offense: 17.8 yards per game
  • Scoring defense: 37.0 yards per game
  • Rush offense: 90.9 yards per game
  • Pass offense: 236.8 yards per game
  • Rush defense: 201.0 yards per game
  • Pass defense: 270.5 yards per game
  • Penalty yards: 39.6 yards per game

To wit, this is could be the final football game in the history of the WAC.

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College Football: 2013 schedule coming into focus

In case you missed it earlier, Southern Miss and Texas State agreed to a game on Aug. 31 of next year. That would be the season opener for both teams.

With the addition of the Golden Eagles, the Bobcats now have three non-conference games on their schedule. Texas State faces Texas Tech in Lubbock on Sept. 21 and returns home to play Wyoming on Sept. 28, both of which complete a home-and-home series.

Look for the Bobcats to add a game against an opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision (probably a former Southland Conference foe) to fill out the final non-conference slot.

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Texas State Sports Podcast (Episode 13)

Hopefully none of you are superstitious. This is the 13th episode of the Texas State Sports Podcast.

This week, Texas State beat writer Tyler Mayforth chats with Sam Wasson of BleedCrimson.net about New Mexico State.

Texas State Sports Podcast (Episode 13)

As always, be sure to check the iTunes store by searching ‘Texas State Sports.’

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College Football: More realignment

It’s happening again.

Remember when Texas State felt it was in a stable league with the Western Athletic Conference? We all know how that turned out.

Well, the Bobcats now find themselves in a league (Sun Belt Conference) that’s being picked apart by Conference USA.

As of this afternoon, only eight football-playing teams will be left in the SBC as of July 2014. Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State were plucked by C-USA. That number could shrink to seven in the coming weeks if C-USA decides to add Western Kentucky and current WAC member New Mexico State.

What is Texas State’s reaction?

“During this period when conference re-alignments are emerging quickly, we recognize that these announcements are of great interest to our alumni, our students and our many other supporters.  We are paying close attention to these developments and analyzing the implications of a changing landscape with many moving parts.  We continue to focus on building strong programs in FBS football and in our other sports, as we act in the best interests of Texas State University.”

Here is a statement from SBC commissioner Karl Benson.

“While I am disappointed that Middle Tennessee State University and Florida Atlantic University have elected to depart the Sun Belt Conference, the SBC is still very well positioned for the future and I remain very optimistic that the momentum that has been created in the past six months will continue to grow. …

As for future members, there are several outstanding universities that have indicated interest in joining the SBC.  While we have conducted research on these universities in the past six months, we will now focus on identifying the ones that will be the best “fit” for the conference and the ones that will contribute immediately in achieving our goal of being the best of the FBS conferences that currently do not receive automatic qualification into the BCS. … “

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College Football: Tuesdays With Fran (11-27-12)

Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione met with the media this afternoon to recap last Saturday’s loss to UTSA and this week’s game against New Mexico State.

Here is a bit of what Franchione had to say.

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College Football: Upended

One of the biggest hits of last Saturday’s game between Texas State and UTSA was captured by Daily Record photographer Gerald Castillo.

Here is senior cornerback Darryl Morris sending Roadrunner running back Evans Okotcha heels-over-head late in the third quarter. Morris finished with five tackles, two pass break-ups and an interception in Texas State’s 38-31 loss.

Big hit by senior cornerback Darryl Morris (SMDR Photo).

Morris on the hit: “I saw him start stuttering his feet and I couldn’t believe he was trying to jump over me. I’ve never had anybody try to do that. When he tried to jump over me, he was trying to make a spectacular play and I was just telling, ‘I’m not having that on me. You’re not going to put me on SportsCenter that way.’”

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College Football: Good, Bad, Ugly (UTSA Edition)

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.

The Good

• 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.

The Bad

• 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 Ugly

• 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.

Miss any? Leave them in the comments.

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College Football: How They Fared (Week 13)

Take a look at how Texas State‘s opponents did this week.

Date Opponent Last Result
Sept. 1 at Houston W, 40-17 vs. Tulane
Sept. 8 Texas Tech L, 52-45 vs. Baylor (OT)
Sept. 22 SFA Season over
Sept. 29 Nevada Off
Oct. 6 at New Mexico L, 24-20 at Colorado St.
Oct. 13 Idaho L, 45-9 at Utah State
Oct. 27 at SJSU W, 52-43 vs. La. Tech
Nov. 3 at Utah State W, 45-9 vs. Idaho
Nov. 10 Louisiana Tech L, 52-43 at San Jose St.
Nov. 17 at Navy Off
Nov. 24 at UTSA W, 38-31 vs. Texas State
Dec. 1 NMSU L, 50-14 vs. BYU

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College Football: Post-Game Video Blog (UTSA Edition)

Enjoy this for now. We’ll have much more on this loss in the upcoming days.

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College Football: Halftime Thoughts (UTSA Edition)

SAN ANTONIO — This wasn’t the start Texas State wanted.

After holding UTSA to a field goal on the opening drive, the Bobcats went three-and-out on their first offensive drive. On the ensuing punt, the Roadrunners returned it 79 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

Texas State answered with a 57-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford to junior wide receiver Isaiah Battle to give Dennis Franchione’s team some life. However, UTSA scored two of the next three touchdowns to take a 24-17 lead into halftime.

If the Bobcats are going to win this game, they’ll need to sure up their miserable run defense. The Roadrunners gashed Texas State for 175 rushing yards in the first half.

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