The last game in a three-year series between Texas State and Texas Tech ended with a Bobcat defeat in the sold-out Jones-AT&T Stadium Saturday.
The Red Raiders defeated the Bobcats 33-7 in front of a record-breaking crowd, with 60,997 fans in attendance.
Texas Tech scored a 29-yard field goal on the first drive to start the game. However, the Bobcat defense did not allow the Red Raiders to get past their own 25-yard line on their second drive, and caused two of five turnovers in the first half.
During the first quarter, senior cornerback Xavier Daniels returned an interception for two yards, and senior safety Justin Iwuji returned a pick for 24 yards in the second quarter.
The Red Raiders have averaged 22.6 points in the first half of their games this season, but Texas State’s defense allowed 13. The Bobcats were down six to end the half.
“I was really happy with the defense (in the first half) and disgusted with the offense,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “We should have been ahead at halftime.”
Sophomore running back Robert Lowe opened the second half with a 49-yard touchdown in the Bobcats’ first drive.
“It felt like we were coming back with momentum,” Lowe said. “I knew we needed to come out the second half and get the offense going because the defense was playing well.”
The Red Raiders put up 20 points in the second half with freshman quarterback Davis Webb. During the game, Texas Tech senior wide receiver Eric Ward placed himself in the top 10 receptions in Red Raider history with 198 catches. The Bobcats scored one touchdown in the second half.
“You can chalk this (loss) up to offense,” said senior quarterback Tyler Arndt.
Lowe finished the game with a career-high 103 rushing yards. In the end, Texas State walked away 0-3 in the series versus Texas Tech. The Bobcats had three or more turnovers in a game for the second time this season.