The Texas State Bobcats stunned Houston last week in one of the biggest college football upsets in recent memory, but will the magic continue this weekend in San Marcos?
Houston might have been caught napping during the first game of the season, but the Bobcats’ Week 2 opponent, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, are fully aware of the danger presented by Texas State. In their meeting last year in Lubbock, the Bobcats claimed a 10-9 halftime lead before eventually succumbing to the Red Raiders in a 50-10 blowout.
With Texas Tech traveling to San Marcos to face the ‘Cats in their home opener on Saturday, ESPN.com blogger David Ubben is picking the game as his Big 12 upset of the week. Ubben writes:
Oh, beware, Red Raiders. Beware. A week ago, this looked like a cake walk over an FCS team playing in the FBS for the first season ever. Former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione flamed out rather spectacularly in College Station, and he’d resurfaced in San Marcos, but beyond that, the game had little intrigue.
That is, until Saturday.
That’s when the Bobcats, playing their first game as members of the FBS (formerly Division I), jumped out to a 21-10 lead after one quarter of play against the Cougars and never looked back. The win was Texas State’s first against a Division I team in more than a decade. Ubben continues:
(N)obody thought Saturday’s game would end like it did. I’m betting that game says more about Houston than it does Texas State, but how can you not be a little leery if you’re a Red Raider? Not to mention, that game was in Houston.
Saturday? Texas Tech heads to San Marcos to face a school playing its first game ever at home as an FBS member. The Bobcats will be doing it against an in-state team, too.
Meanwhile in Lubbock, Red Raiders players and head coach Tommy Tuberville admit they were surprised by the Bobcats’ win and say they won’t take Texas State lightly on Saturday. The element of surprise is gone.
“I’ve never seen a team be that much of an underdog and win by as much as they won by,” Tuberville told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
“I was kind of shocked,” added senior running back Eric Stephens. “When I saw that score, it gave me something to look forward to (this) week.”