College Football: Thoughts On The McNeese State Game

  • For as maligned as junior transfer quarterback Shaun Rutherford was earlier this season, he’s improved during Texas State’s four-game winning streak, especially in the last three victories. Since the Bobcats beat Stephen F. Austin, Rutherford completed 26 of his 39 passes for 460 yards, with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Those numbers include Saturday night’s performance against McNeese State, in which Rutherford went 8-for-11 with 110 yards and a touchdown.
  • Rutherford threw a great ball to junior transfer wide receiver Isaiah Battle to put Texas State up 19-14 with nine minutes, 44 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Then, Rutherford found sophomore tight end David Lewis alone in the end zone for an ensuing two-point conversion, which gave the Bobcats their 21-14 cushion.
  • Texas State cut down on its penalties Saturday night, but still put the ball on the ground too much. The Bobcats fumbled five times, yet recovered each gaffe. Out of the five fumbles, the last two — one on a bad exchange between Rutherford and junior running back Marcus Curry, then a bad snap to punter Ben Follis — could have spelled disaster for Dennis Franchione‘s team.
  • Most of the credit from the win against the Cowboys goes to Texas State’s defense. Even though McNeese State gashed the Bobcats for 365 yards of total offense (220 on the ground), they took a bend-but-don’t-break approach. Texas State only allowed 14 points, which lowered its season average to 29.2. Still a high number, but not bad when you consider Texas Tech and Wyoming put up 95 points in two games.
  • The Bobcats need to get better at their third-down offense. Texas State struggled once again, converting only two of its 11 attempts. If the Bobcats moved the chains on their final drive, the Cowboys wouldn’t have had an opportunity to tie the game.
  • From watching this team in practice and in games, I get a feeling these guys don’t just want to win: they expect to. Texas State can make it five wins in a row this Saturday against Lamar.

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One response to “College Football: Thoughts On The McNeese State Game

  1. Macon Smith

    I think you got it all about right… especially the converting only two of its 11 attempts on 3rd down.
    Plus the staff and players are doing a fine job…


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