Texas State got its FBS stint started on the right foot with
a 30-13 victory against Houston on Saturday, marking the first win against an
FBS school for the Bobcats since 2000.
Thanks to the season-opening victory on the road, the
Bobcats find themselves all in the news and in the most recent Associated Press
poll garnering 10 votes.
“You could say
that,” Tech linebacker Will Smith said referring to the Bobcats win being a wake up call. “ You wouldn't think Texas State
would come out as strong as they did.
It's a wake‑up call, but no matter who it is, we have to come out
ready to play.”
No, Texas State is not ranked, but getting the votes has
caused a buzz all through San Marcos and through the media as well, especially
with the Bobcats getting ready to face Texas Tech (1-0) on Saturday.
Offensively, the Bobcats ran up and down the field on the
Cougars on Saturday, scrambling for 248 yards, and throwing for 196 yards to
get 444 yards of total offense.
The rushing yards come as no surprise and shouldn’t,
especially to Tech fans, after watching, despite being beat 50-10, the Bobcats
come into Jones AT&T Stadium and rush for 256 yards last season.
The two main weapons from that rushing attack last season, quarterback Shawn Rutherford and running back Marcus Curry,
are back at it in 2012.
Curry rushed for a career-high 131 yards against Houston,
while getting into the end zone three times, two rushing and one receiving,
while Rutherford rushed for 67 yards of his own.
With the double threat that the Bobcats possess, the Texas
Tech defense knows they need to stop the run again, especially the quarterback.
“It gives you an
idea of what you'll face,” Smith said about facing
another rushing quarterback. “But I
feel like the quarterback at Texas State is more versatile. Like I said earlier, just staying
disciplined in what you're assigned to do.”
Not only are Curry and Rutherford going to be the only players to
watch on the Texas State offense, because the fact is the Bobcats spread the
ball around very well.
Nine different wide
receivers touched the ball on Saturday night for the Bobcats with Isaiah Battle
leading the team with five catches for 75 yards.
So when Texas State
is not running the ball, they are tossing it around, and this was the style
they tried going with against Tech in 2011.
The Bobcats leading
receiver in the 50-10 loss was Battle, but only for
two catches for 27 yards. Stopping the run was an issue for the Red Raiders
from the beginning, but in 2012 that might have changed.
Northwestern State to just 13 yards of rushing and 84 total yards, but everyone
keeps saying, “It’s just Northwestern State.”
If Tech is able to
stop the dynamic duo that the Bobcats possess under center and in the backfield
it arguably could be a statement that the defense has improved.
But Texas State is
not looking to just lay down to the Red Raiders
especially in their home-opener of their inaugural FBS season.
Just because the
Bobcats are building a lot of hype around this week two meeting, Smith said
nothing changes for the defense, they just need to do
their job on Saturday.
“We approach it as
every game,” he said. “You've got
to come out strong, so you take everything that you need to know into the game,
and then after that, it's just handling your business on the field.”