Freshman quarterback Tyler Jones started the first game of his collegiate career against Wyoming at Bobcat Stadium Saturday, leading the team to its third victory of the year.
Coach Dennis Franchione also gained the 200th win of his coaching career with the 42-21 win against the Cowboys.
“I think we have found our quarterback tonight in Tyler Jones,” Franchione said. “He played very well tonight regardless of his classification as a freshman. He made a great throw before the half to tie the game up, 14-14. All of our players really rallied around him and I felt good how he managed the entire team tonight.”
During the first quarter of play, Jones completed 5-6 pass attempts, totaling 39 passing yards. Jones’ longest reception during the quarter came on a 20 yard reception by senior wide-receiver Andy Erickson. Jones ended the game with 196 passing yards, including a touchdown pass, and 60 rushing yards in the game.
Jones’ touchdown pass occurred with 1:05 remaining in the first half of play. On Wyoming’s 26 yard line, Jones aired a pass to junior wide-receiver Ben Ijah. Ijah ended with 36 receiving yards, the second highest amount on the team.
Texas State totaled 54 rushing yards on seven carries in the first quarter. Wyoming gained nine yards on the ground out of eight rushing attempts. Sophomore running back Robert Lowe scored the team’s first points, running for a one yard carry to the end-zone. Lowe finished the game with 138 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, which is his second consecutive game rushing for more than 100 yards.
Sophomore running back Chris Nutall contributed to the Bobcats’ rushing attack, totaling 62 yards and two rushing touchdowns. The Bobcats rushed for 256 yards compared to Wyoming’s 64.