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A downpour that started just before the Texas State Bobcats were to take the field on Saturday pushed kickoff in the Homecoming matchup about 20 minutes later than scheduled. PHOTO by CHRISTINA S. MURREY/COPYRIGHT TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

SUBMITTED REPORT

Texas State football turned in a smashing victory over the Idaho Vandals in its first game in the Western Athletic Conference, winning 38-7 to improve its record to 3-3 overall.

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The Bobcats opened a lead early in the first quarter when quarterback Shaun Rutherford completed a 31-yard pass to Andy Erickson for the first touchdown of the night. It was Erickson’s third touchdown reception in three games.

Rutherford extended the lead to 14-0 midway through the second quarter when he scampered in from eight yard on a 4th-and-1. It was Rutherford’s second rushing score of the year. He finished the game with 85 yards rushing on 15 attempts.

Idaho scored its first and last touchdown with five minutes to go in the second quarter when James Baker had a three-yard plunge to cap a four-play, 70-yard drive.

Will Johnson attempted a 52-yard field goal right before the half, but it went wide right. The score stood at 14-7 at halftime.

Texas State came out in the second half on fire, forcing a three-and-out on two of Idaho’s first three possessions of the second half. After the first three-and-out by the Bobcat defense, Andy Erickson returned the ensuing punt to the 49-yard line of Idaho and six plays later, Terrence Franks extended the Bobcat lead, with a five-yard run for his first touchdown of the year.

On the Bobcats’ next drive, Jaifus Gaines made a highlight catch going up in traffic down the right seam, and coming down with the ball at the Idaho 24. Following two holding calls, it was 3rd-and-30 when Terrence Franks had a 32-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass to the Vandal 14. The drive ended with a 35-yard field goal by Johnson, to give the Bobcats a 24-7 advantage.

Marcus Curry cemented the game for the Bobcats with a 24-yard run up the middle for his first touchdown of the day. It gave Texas State a 31-7 lead.

The final score of the game came on Duke DeLancellotti’s first action of the season. The first-year quarterback for Texas State ran it in from six yards for a final score of 38-7.


What they said

“We scored some points in the second half, so you can quit asking me about that. I don’t want to hear about that anymore. … I’m very happy for our guys. They played very hard. I asked them to fight hard, and not look at the scoreboard, but keep playing hard. The determination and grit that they played with was really what it was about for me.”

— Head coach DENNIS FRANCHIONE


“This game was very big to us being that it was our first WAC game. Showing up for our homecoming fans was a good experience. … Going into this [Homecoming] game it was very big for us. We knew we had to come out and push the ball and run the ball. We knew that we couldn’t be one dimensional anymore.”

— Quarterback SHAUN RUTHERFORD


“I think you had the interception that solidified that this was going to be a victory I mean first I thank god, first and foremost. This was a great feeling, I have to give credit to the guys up front they played a great game. I don’t think the quarterback was ever sitting back comfortable. It was just great defense all night. … We have been talking all week about how this is a new season; we’re, 0-0. It’s conference time now. We can still accomplish the goals that we set out in the begging of the year.”

— Cornerback DARRYL MORRIS

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One thought on “Bobcats score first FBS conference win, 38-7, over Idaho

  1. Great game Cats!

    It’s always a lot of fun to go to the games, but it is more fun when we win!

    Next (home) stop: Louisiana Tech. That’s a MUCH tougher matchup, but if you can’t get excited to see a team like that coming to San Marcos (27 points in the 4th quarter against A&M last night), you must not be a football fan. 😉

    If you missed this one, you ought to make it a point to get out to Bobcat Stadium on 11/10 to see that LA Tech game.

    Eat ’em up Cats!

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