Texas State’s football team came out ready for its home opener Saturday night, trouncing Prairie View A&M, 28-3 and improving to 2-0.
The Bobcats took over quickly, holding Prairie View to three-and-out off the opening kickoff, then driving 67 yards in eight plays for the first score, which came on Chris Nutall’s four-yard touchdown run.
Again, Prairie View was held to three-and-out, and, again, the Bobcats responded with a touchdown drive, going 61 yards in 10 plays. Robert Lowe ran a yard for the touchdown.
After David Mims II blocked a Prairie View field goal attempt in the second quarter, Nutall ran 77 yards for another touchdown, putting the Bobcats into a 21-0 lead.
The Bobcats now are 2-0 for the first time since 2005, when they lasted to the national semifinals in Division I-AA.
“We made it to 2-0,” Bobcats coach Dennis Franchione said. “That was the goal. There are a lot of people tonight that would like to be able to say that. First time in a long time around here to be able to say that.”
Saying you’re 2-0 also means saying you’ve got a chance to qualify for a bowl game. Needing six wins to qualify, the Bobcats would need only to win four of their remaining 10 games to reach that level.
For the second straight week, the Bobcats took their opponent out of its running game. Playing from behind, Prairie View rushed for only 45 yards in 25 attempts. Last week, the Bobcats held Southern Mississippi to only 23 rushing yards.
The Bobcats improved considerably in their own running attack, rushing for 242 yards against Prairie View after rushing for only 81 yards against Southern Miss. Nutall led Texas State with 132 rushing yards in eight carries.
Texas State quarterback Tyler Arndt turned in another solid game, completing 14 of 21 passes for 147 yards. Arndt didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but he didn’t throw an interception, either.
“We did a good job of getting guys in space and getting them open,” Arndt said. “I thought we were really good on third down early tonight and those are the things that score.”
The Bobcats were eight-for-16 converting third down, including two such conversions on each of their first two scoring drives.
Texas State will take a bye next week. The Bobcats will kick off again on Sept. 21 at Texas Tech.