Notebook from the Texas State football team’s 59-16 loss to Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium.
WHAT THE LOSS MEANS
Not much. Playing the 10th ranked team in the nation is quite a handful to deal with. So many things had to perfectly align for Texas State to pull off an upset, let alone compete. The biggest takeaway: Texas State isn’t quite ready to compete on a national stage. It will take some time for the Bobcats to climb the totem pole in college football.
The opening kickoff. Texas State never stood a chance the entire game. Florida State was too big, too fast, and too strong. Goliath won this battle.
Dalvin Cook, sophomore running back. Cook rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone, finishing the game with 156 yards and two touchdowns. The Bobcats had no answer for Cook, who was the first Florida State freshman to rush for 1,000 yards since Warrick Dunn.
The only positive to take from this game is the surge the Bobcats had in the second quarter. Texas State outscored Florida State 10-7 in the second quarter. The only Bobcat touchdown of the first half came after a muffed punt by Florida State. The Seminoles almost gave up another muffed punt, but the Bobcats couldn’t fall on the ball. The closest Texas State ever came to leading Florida State in this game was after Nutall’s touchdown.
Texas State’s run game. The Bobcats could never establish anything on the ground. Texas State rushed for 129 yards against the Seminole defense compared to last’s season average of 238.5.
Run defense. The Bobcats were ran all over all night long. Florida State ended the game with 266 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. Most of the big runs were to the left side of the offensive line. The absence of David Mayo was felt in this game. Tackling was a major issue in this game.
WHAT THEY SAID
“We were in decent shape at halftime and we didn’t make any first downs in the third quarter,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “We couldn’t get off the field. The defense couldn’t get a stop and it got away from us.”
Texas State returns to San Marcos for its first home game of the season Sept. 12 against Prairie View A&M. The Bobcats defeated the Panthers 28-3 in their last meeting in 2013.
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