The University of Houston Cougars came into San Marcos, Texas for the Texas State Bobcats’ home opener in Bobcat Stadium, setting an attendance record of over thirty-three thousand (33,133). With a mere 170 miles separating the two universities, Houston fans made their presence known amidst the record crowd.
Heisman hopeful, Greg Ward Jr. of Houston, lived up to the hype by completing 20 of 26 passes, for 289 yards through the air, 39 on the ground, and scoring 2 total touchdowns. Steven Dunbar lead in receiving yards with 79 off of 5 receptions (15.8 per catch).
Houston’s ground attack was lead by Duke Catalon, rushing 5 times and adding 70 yards to Houston’s total offensive production of 563 yards.
The No.6 team in the nation proved too much for the young Texas State football team who struggled to generate production on either end of the ball.
Senior quarterback Tyler Jones completed 17 of 30 passes throughout the game, gaining 100 yards in total. Jones’ leading receiver was junior Elijah King, with 31 yards.
The Houston defense limited the air attack as well as the ground, holding the Bobcat’s leading rusher, Stedman Mayberry, to 19 yards on 5 touches. Withers stated post-game, “That was a good defense our offensive line was facing… We couldn’t run against that front-seven tonight”, but noted how they are receiving good practice against top athletes.
Texas State learned what is required to compete with a top-ten team tonight. Coach Withers emphasized that he will continue to challenge his staff and players to find ways to win. Their ultimate goal remains to find the best eleven football players for each end of the ball come conference play.
After the 42-3 loss to No.17 Arkansas last week, followed by the eye-opening home opener, Texas State will move forward to the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals for their second consecutive home game. The Cardinals, out of San Antonio, are in their third season of Division I competition. The game is set for Saturday, October 1st, at 6:30pm.