TROY, Ala. — Duke DeLancellotti did something last Friday that Tyler Arndt could not six days prior. DeLancellotti played well enough against a favored Sun Belt Conference opponent that it allowed incumbent starter and true freshman Tyler Jones valuable time to recuperate on the sideline.
When Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione turned to DeLancellotti to be the third starting quarterback in as many weeks, it was partially out of a lack of options and more so that the offense needed some kind of spark. Any confidence Franchione had in Arndt went out the window two weeks ago against Western Kentucky (1 for 5 with three interceptions) and instead of trotting out an injured Jones, the head coach rolled the dice with a guy that had something to prove.
Even though DeLancellotti’s game rust showed due to not playing meaningful snaps in two years, he provided the Bobcats with a dual-threat option under center in a 42-28 loss to Troy. DeLancellotti accounted for all four of Texas State’s touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) and compiled 264 yards of total offense (192 passing yards, 72 rushing yards on 17 carries).
“Duke came in and gave us a little spark,” Franchione told ESPN Austin after the game. Franchione declined to answer questions from the Daily Record.
It also looked as if the Bobcat offensive line found traction despite the ejection of sophomore strong tackle Adrian Bellard midway through the second quarter. Bellard drew an unsportsmanlike conduct and was ejected due to fighting.
Texas State bounced back from its futile showing against Western Kentucky (21 rushing yards) to gash the Trojan defense for 233 rushing yards. Three different Bobcats eclipsed the 70-yard mark, led by junior Terrence Franks (80) and sophomore Robert Lowe (78). DeLancellotti had the aforementioned 72.
Once again the onus fell on Texas State’s defense and it wasn’t up to the task. The Bobcats weren’t able to get a turnover or the necessary stop to swing momentum and allowed Troy’s quarterback tandem to complete 78 percent of its passes while throwing for 297 yards and three touchdowns.
Texas State finished the season with an overall record of 6-6.