During his Tuesday press conference, Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione shared a possible way to stop Texas Tech’s high-octane offense.
“Maybe I need to fake an injury on the sideline so they’ll stop the clock,” Franchione said with a laugh. “It can’t be the players.”
Then Franchione gave a real answer.
“One of the best ways to disrupt that offense is to make some plays,” Franchione said. “If you don’t cover well, they’re going to find the guy and if you don’t at least make the quarterback throw off his rhythm a little bit, you’re going to have problems there. It’s going to take a pretty complete defensive effort to be able to get some of those things done.”
Franchione found a lot of good game-plan possibilities by watching the Red Raiders play TCU last Thursday. Even though Texas Tech won 20-10, the Horned Frogs made Baker Mayfield, its true freshman quarterback, look ordinary.
“They had a great run of stops,” Franchione said. “They went eight straight possessions and held them to negative-11 yards.”
Does this mean the Bobcats can have the same success? Time will tell.
Here are a few other notes from Franchione’s press conference.
Franchione on if the coaches evaluated Mayfield last year: “We didn’t feel like he was our type of quarterback. He was more like Tech’s type of quarterback. We got our commitment from Tyler (Jones) and that was really our target.”
Franchione on if his team could win a high-scoring game: “I think we’re still finding ourselves offensively. We’re pretty young on that side of the ball, especially up front. You wouldn’t characterize us going into this game thinking that we could win a 40-38 game. It probably needs to be more like Southern Miss was (a 22-15 win that came down to the final drive).”
Franchione on the challenges of facing Tech in front of a sold-out crowd: “We talked a lot about mental toughness. I told them Sunday in the team meeting that this game will be the supreme challenge of that, more so than Southern Miss. Crowd noise, adversity, officiating, weather, a hot rhythm by the offense [...] those are all thing you have to persevere through this game in order to win. If you can’t, you don’t win. That’s what makes this challenge as big as it is.”