Question: Was there ever a moment in Saturday’s home opener that it was up in the air if the Texas State Bobcats would beat the Prairie View A&M Panthers?
Answer: Literally, yes. Figuratively, no.
From the moment Texas State junior kicker Will Johnson booted the opening kickoff until the Bobcats’ defense took the field, no one truly knew what would happen in front of the second largest crowd in Bobcat Stadium history (20,136). Then Texas State forced a three-and-out, its dormant offense scored, the defense forced another three-and-out, the offense scored again and just like that, it was 14-0.
By the end of the game, the Bobcats only allowed 45 rushing yards and rolled off 242 of their own. Texas State fought itself all night (11 penalties for 86 yards), but is now 2-0 for the first time in eight years.
“We’re 2-0 and it was a good win,” Bobcat head coach Dennis Franchione said. “The defense played good. We played good enough to win. We haven’t been 2-0 around here in a long time. I’m proud of my team.”
Player of the Game: Chris Nutall
Vitals: 8 carries, 132 yards, 2 TDs
Reason: Look at those numbers. Like a bull in a china shop, Nutall couldn’t be stopped.
Play of the Game: Nutall’s 77-yard touchdown run
Reason: It seemed as if PVAMU bottled up Nutall at the line of scrimmage, but he stayed patient and found his hole. Once Nutall hit the second level, he was gone down the visiting sideline to give Texas State a 21-0 lead.
Unsung Hero of the Game: Michael Orakpo
Reason: Soon enough, Orakpo will be Player of the Game. Until then, Orakpo will just continue to do solid work for the Bobcats’ defense. Orakpo had 8 tackles (7 solo), 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble. Not a bad night for the Colorado State transfer.