Texas State accomplished three substantial things last Saturday with its 42-21 win over the Wyoming Cowboys.
For starters, the Bobcats wrapped up four-fifths of their non-conference schedule with a 3-1 record. While Texas State travels to Idaho for the final non-conference game of the season in early November, seven of its last eight tilts are against teams from the Sun Belt Conference. This is a great place for the Bobcats to be, as the Sun Belt looks wide open and Dennis Franchione’s team is playing its best ball at the right time.
Secondly, Texas State won Franchione his 200th career game. Franchione is the 73rd head coach in college football history to reach that milestone.
“Somebody asked, ‘How does it feel to get 200?’ I’m really just happy to get No. 3,” Franchione said. “I’m happy to get 200 with these players. If I had chosen a way to do it, it would be with this group. These guys have been really special through all of this, so seeing them get to 3-1 is really great. We’re really excited about what’s ahead.”
Most importantly, the Bobcats’ offense finally clicked and they found their quarterback. Behind a solid performance by true freshman quarterback Tyler Jones, Texas State scored touchdowns on five of its last nine drives after starting with a touchdown and then going three-and-out on four of its next five drives.
“It’s awesome,” Jones said of the win. “Then again, it’s only one and we have eight more. We’re striving to be perfect. We have to come back ready to work.”
Player of the Game: Tyler Jones
Vitals: 14 of 18 for 196 yards with one touchdown and an interception through the air, seven carries for 56 yards on the ground.
Reason: If you watched the game, you know why Jones is the Player of the Game. Jones lit a spark under the Bobcats’ beleaguered offense and cemented himself as the starting quarterback until he leaves the university.
It Was Over When: Chris Nutall barreled in from 22 yards out to put Texas State up 28-14 with 4:40 left in the third quarter.
Reason: Nutall broke the Cowboys’ back with his run. After getting stuck up the middle, Nutall bounced outside and kept his legs churning as he pushed several defenders down the field. Wyoming never stood a chance stopping the Bobcats’ ground game last Saturday as they rushed for 256 yards on 48 carries.