Remember when Texas State had a fearsome offense? A few years ago, the Bobcats churned out hits and runs at a torrid pace.
That was then. This is now.
Texas State has struggled mightily so far this season to push runs across the plate. It looked as if the Bobcats broke through with six runs on 10 hits in a series-opening win Friday night over Houston. Then in the second game of the three-game set, Texas State mustered only one hit against the Cougars and fell 1-0. Houston pitcher Austin Pruitt absolutely dominated the Bobcats as he struck out 10 and rarely allowed them to make solid contact.
“Yesterday, we were a different offensive team and that has a lot to do with him (Pruitt),” Texas State head coach Ty Harrington said. “We just have to continue to grow.
“As good as his stuff was, we have to do a better job of creating some offense. We know that we’re not going to sit in there and swing away: we don’t have that kind of offense now. We have to be able to execute.”
One constant for the Bobcats, however, has been the performances of junior pitcher Kyle Finnegan and sophomore pitcher Taylor Black. Finnegan, who pitched Friday night, struck out nine in five innings to increase his season total to 20 punch-outs. Black — who nearly threw as well as Pruitt — struck out six and induced 12 ground outs, but allowed one hit (an RBI double to Cougar third baseman Jonathan Davis) and took his first loss of the season.
Texas State wraps up its three-game series with Houston tomorrow at noon.
Deadspin tracked down Ray Ratto, the lone voter in the Associated Press Top 25 who put Texas State in his/her poll.
The Bobcats received 10 points in the poll, which put them above Missouri and Texas A&M. A first-place vote in the AP Top 25 is worth 25 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place team. Ratto tabbed Texas State 16th, which gave Dennis Franchione‘s team its 10 points.
“My rationale, which I would assume will be dismissed as the ravings of an idiot, is that of all the upsets Saturday, the one foreseen by the fewest people was this one,” Ratto told Deadspin in an email. “Texas State dominated the game away from home against a team that averaged nine wins over the last six years in its first FBS game ever. Outgained them by more than 100, had the ball for 43 minutes — that kind of dominated.”
Ratto later said in the same email that he knows he might have got a little carried away.
“Is 16 too generous? Probably,” Ratto said. “Could they disappear next week against Texas Tech? Hell yes they could. It’s Week 2. But for one night, with so little data in what is always the worst week of the year for drawing conclusions, I’m fine with them where they are.”
Imagine the reaction if the Bobcats beat the Red Raiders on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. inside Bobcat Stadium.
Following Texas State‘s 30-13 win over the University of Houston, Texas State beat writer Tyler Mayforth sat down with the Cougars‘ beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, Joseph Duarte, to discuss the game and its ramifications.
Check it out.
Take a look at that scoreboard.
Texas State did what many thought would be unfathomable — and knock off the University of Houston inside Robertson Stadium. The Bobcats posted a 30-13 win, claiming their first win as an official member of the Football Bowl Subdivision and first win over an FBS team since 2000 (Louisiana-Monroe).
We’ll have a lot more on this throughout the weekend.
In less than two hours, the Texas State Bobcats take the field for the first time as official members of the Football Bowl Subdivision. Texas State won’t get a warm welcome, as it visits the University of Houston.
What’s it going to take for the Bobcats to knock off the Cougars?
- Ball control — Like it was said in our preview, Texas State’s best defense might be its offense. Houston can’t score if it doesn’t have the ball. The Bobcats need to dictate the tempo with their rushing attack. Texas State gashed Texas Tech for 256 yards last season, so the team knows what it needs to get it done.
- Limit turnovers — This is an area in which the Bobcats struggled throughout the 2011 season. In last year’s season opener, Texas State had an opportunity to get a few points on the scoreboard to open the second half — and extend its lead to either 13-9 or 17-9 — but Shaun Rutherford fumbled. Rutherford’s turnover opened up the flood gates as the Bobcats turned it over four times after halftime. The Red Raiders turned a 10-9 lead by Texas State into a 50-10 rout.
- Score early — If the Bobcats get points on their first offensive possession, it will bode well for their confidence. Texas State will also quiet what is sure to be a sell-out crowd. If the Bobcats fall into an early hole, it puts a burden on them to catch up, which hasn’t been their specialty.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Robertson Stadium will be torn down following the 2012 season.
Welcome to a new era, Texas State fans.
The Bobcats, who are a 36-point underdog, open their inaugural season as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision tonight at the University of Houston. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Robertson Stadium.
Texas State holds a 3-1 all-time series advantage over the Cougars, but the last meeting between the teams didn’t go well for the team from San Marcos. The Bobcats were no match for UH’s high-octane offense, as they fell 68-28 in 2010.
Be sure to read our preview of tonight’s game — Bobcats tackle Cougars in opener. Check back throughout the day for updates from Houston. As always, you can follow Texas State beat writer Tyler Mayforth on Twitter (@smdrtyler).
Here is a view from the new lower level at Bobcat Stadium.
Texas State held a pep rally for new — and old — students alike Sunday night inside Bobcat Stadium. Following the pep rally, which 300 students attended, students were allowed to take a tour of the new North Side Complex.
Prior to the pep rally, the Bobcats wrapped up the day’s practice. Texas State will take Monday off and return to the field Tuesday afternoon.
Here are some newsworthy tidbits.
Ready or not, college football is back. In six days, the Texas State Bobcats open the 2012 season at the University of Houston.
The Bobcats last met up with the Cougars back in 2010. It wasn’t a pretty game for Texas State, as it lost 68-28.
A lot has changed since then for both teams. Today we’ll look at the notable changes for Houston.
One practice down, 24 more to go for the Texas State Bobcats as they prepare for the season opener against the Houston Cougars.
Texas State held its first official practice as members of the Football Bowl Subdivision on Monday. The Bobcats joined the Western Athletic Conference as of July 1 and will play a full FBS schedule beginning Sept. 1.
Here are some tidbits from Monday’s practice…
- Head coach Dennis Franchione wasn’t too pleased with how the quarterbacks looked passing the ball. He said the quarterbacks “…weren’t real sharp throwing the ball…” but mentioned how it could be overlooked since it was the first true day of practice.
- Franchione mentioned junior quarterback Duke DeLancellotti could see time at wide receiver if he doesn’t mix in at quarterback. “He can run 4.5 [in the 40-yard dash], so you think about that and he can’t redshirt. … You try to think about how you can utilize him some.”
- It’s amazing what a few good recruits can do to bulk up a team. While they are just true freshman, Adrian Bellard (6-5, 310), Matt Gray (6-6, 300) and Felix Romero (6-4, 297) look like men amongst boys.
- Texas State will replace the current advertisements with ribbon boards in the next week. An existing ribbon board on the End Zone Complex will still be used as a scoreboard for the upcoming season.