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College Football: Good, bad, ugly (New Mexico Edition)

Texas State hit the road for the first time since Sept. 1 last Saturday when it traveled to New Mexico. It didn’t turn out the same as the Bobcats’ landmark 30-13 win at Houston, as they fell 35-14 to the Lobos.

For the second consecutive game, Texas State failed to score in the second half. The Bobcats trailed 28-14 at halftime.

Let’s take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from last Saturday’s game.

Good

  • Both of senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford‘s touchdown passes — Rutherford led senior tight end Chase Harper perfectly on his way to a 40-yard score in the first quarter, then put the ball only where junior wide receiver Andy Erickson could catch it on a 35-yard strike in the second.
  • Erickson’s continued growth — Texas State knew it got a steal when Erickson transferred into the program from Rice. For a second consecutive game, Erickson provided a spark for the Bobcats’ offense. Erickson hauled in eight catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. Minus a first-quarter fumble on a kickoff return, Erickson played a near-flawless game.
  • Senior defensive end Joplo Bartu‘s breakout game — Bartu hasn’t looked comfortable as a defensive end since the move, but last Saturday he had his best game to date (six tackles, one sack, one tackle for a loss and one fumble recovery).

Bad

  • Lack of tackling — No one got a hand on UNM running back Kasey Carrier during his four touchdown runs. Carrier went untouched from 37 yards, 1 yard, 19 yards and 43 yards. The Lobos went for it on 4th-and-1 from Texas State’s 43-yard line early in the fourth quarter and a stop could have given Dennis Franchione‘s team some momentum. Instead, Carrier went right up the gut on the Bobcats to give his team a 35-14 lead.

Ugly

  • The fake punt — Texas State tried to catch UNM napping when it called a fake punt in the first quarter. Junior punter Zach Robinson‘s throw hit a Lobo defensive lineman in the helmet.
  • The Bobcats’ offense in the second half — Take a look at Texas State’s drive chart after halftime: INT, downs, punt, punt, punt, INT, INT. In all, the Bobcats only gained 83 yards of total offense in the third and fourth quarters combined.
  • Rush defense — Not much more can be said here, as Texas State allowed UNM to rush for 361 yards on 59 carries.

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College Football: Post-Game Video (New Mexico Edition)

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College Football: Game Day (New Mexico Edition)

University Stadium has a capacity of 39,224 (Wikipedia photo).

ALBUQUERQUE — Texas State is on the road again.

After three of their first four games were at home, three of the Bobcats‘ next four games are on the road, beginning with this afternoon’s clash at New Mexico. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST inside University Stadium.

Coming into this afternoon’s game, Texas State is 2-2 after falling last week against Nevada. The Lobos are 2-3, fresh off a 32-29 loss to then-No. 24 Boise State.

Both teams like to run the ball, but UNM has a slight edge over the Bobcats. The Lobos average 253.8 yards per game, compared to Texas State’s mean of 150.8.

UNM is a 3-point favorite in this afternoon’s game, which will also serve as its homecoming.

Here is our preview of the game — Fran’s back on familiar ground.

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College Football: Polling Your Opinion (New Mexico)

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Bobcat Mailbag (New Mexico Edition)

Texas State looks to avoid a losing record this Saturday when it heads to Albuquerque to face the New Mexico Lobos. The Bobcats are 2-2 after a 34-21 loss to the Nevada Wolf Pack last Saturday.

Do you have any questions about what Texas State can expect against UNM? Feel free to ask them below and I’ll get to them as soon as possible.

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College Football: New Mexico Podcast

Time for the newest edition of the Texas State Sports Podcast.

This week, we’re recapping last Saturday’s game against Nevada and looking ahead to Saturday’s tilt with New Mexico. Lobos beat writer Rick Wright joins me to talk about UNM and what you might want to do in Albuquerque if you’re headed out that way.

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College Football: Tuesdays With Fran (10-2-12)

Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione wrapped up last Saturday’s game against Nevada and looked ahead to this Saturday’s clash with New Mexico during his weekly press conference inside the End Zone Complex.

On last Saturday — “We matched their physical play pretty well, which was important. We had some guys like Jason McLean and Justin Iwuji and Brian Lilly and Andy [Erickson] that really played well. We just have to make a few more plays and get a few more stops. Be a little more disciplined and little more focused on things to execute and do the things we need to do against a team like them.”

On going back to New Mexico — “It’s kind of special for me, obviously. I coached there for six years and still have lots of great memories and great friends there that we’re very close to and keep in contact with. We enjoyed our time there a great deal.”

On the Lobos — “They are doing a great job of running the football, draining the clock, keeping their defense off the field and giving themselves a chance to hang in there every game. They’ve gotten a couple wins and some confidence.”

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