- What was head coach Dennis Franchione thinking with that onside kick near the end of the second quarter? Franchione put the defense in a bad position with 21 seconds remaining in the half and if Tarleton State had a bit of imagination on offense, a touchdown looked likely. The Texans got a field goal, which cut the Bobcats’ halftime lead to 13-12.
- Junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford hasn’t been consistent under center. Rutherford rushed six times for 18 yards and completed nine of his 16 passes for 65 yards, yet missed several easy throws. If Rutherford put some touch on his throws, his numbers would be a lot better.
- Tarleton State got away from what worked early in the game, which was throwing deep passes. Texas State can’t cover deep with its safeties and the Texans took advantage of that, but then settled in and tried to run the ball. If Tarleton State puts it up in the air following halftime, the Bobcats might not be able to keep up.
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Tonight, Texas State looks to collect its first win of the season as it opens its home schedule at 6 p.m. against Tarleton State.
The Bobcats need to win as they started the season 0-2 with two bad losses to Texas Tech and Wyoming. It’s not that Texas State lost, but how it did, being outscored a combined 69-0 in the second half of each game.
Even though the Texans are a Division II program, they won’t roll over for the Bobcats. Tarleton State has a few transfers from Football Bowl Subdivision programs, led by former Tennessee quarterback Nick Stephens.
Check back throughout the day for updates from the 2011 home opener.
Texas State and Tarleton State last met up in 2006 at Bobcat Stadium. The Bobcats won that game, 27-23.
It was another close match-up between Texas State and a Division II program as the score was tied at 20-all heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats got the final edge thanks to a 3-yard touchdown run by Daniel Jolly with 9:43 remaining in the game and all the Texans could get was a field goal a few minutes later.
Former quarterback Chase Wasson was the man of note for Texas State, as he led the team in passing and rushing. Wasson completed 11 of his 15 passes for 75 yards and rushed 15 times for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Bobcats and Tarleton meet up again tomorrow (Saturday) night inside Bobcat Stadium at 6 p.m.
On if he agrees with what head coach Dennis Franchione said about the quarterbacks needing to step up — “Yeah. I’m sticking with what Fran said. We knew that eventually there would be some separation and we’d eventually go with one, but both guys have done a great job. They’ve competed hard. It’s been a hard call and we’re not going to make the call yet, but we’re close to that.”
On if he’s worried that defenses can pick what to defend against when using two quarterbacks (Shaun Rutherford – run, Tyler Arndt – pass) — “Both guys are capable of doing both things [running and passing]. Needless to say, Tyler’s been hampered a little in the running part because of injury and I’m looking forward to when he’s 100 percent on that leg. I think Shaun throws the ball well enough to do what we need to do in this offense and I think Tyler runs the ball well enough to do what we need to do in this offense.”
On if Saturday’s game against Tarleton State would give him a clearer picture of which quarterback is ready to step up, even though it might be a lesser test — “Now let me tell you something — we’ll have to play well to win on Saturday. People somehow got the idea that winning college football is easy. Tarleton State has just as good of players as anybody out there, so it’s going to be a challenge for us to win.”
- “We played better in some areas [against Wyoming], but not as good across the board in improvement than I would have hoped from Week 1 to Week 2,” Head coach Dennis Franchione said.
- “We certainly experienced what WAC travel will be like last weekend, getting in at 3 o’clock in the morning,” Franchione said. “That was a day game, so it gives us a little bit of a glimpse of what’s ahead.”
- “This is going to be a process getting more people game experience,” Franchione said. “A lot of these guys haven’t had it yet and we’ve played up and hung with them pretty good for a long time, but we haven’t put two halves together yet.”
- “We’ve been outplayed in the second half,” Franchione said. “It’s somewhat different circumstances — we turned the ball over against Texas Tech and Saturday we had a problem with three-and-outs. We caved in a bit defensively when that continued to happen.”
- “You always analyze the situation at quarterback and you try to play the strengths and identify things,” Franchione said. “We’re in the process of saying, ‘OK, where are we at with that? Somebody step forward. Somebody show us that they are the guy.’ Until we really get to that point, we’re going to play two and there are growing pains with that.”