Bobcats Ran Out of Town
Texas State couldn't have been caught more off guard Saturday night in Louisiana. In a 24-48 loss, they should have plenty to learn before playing UL Monroe next week at home. Tyler Jones started the game efficient, with a 100 EFF rating going 9-14 and getting sacked only once. It went mostly downhill from there. Jones had little time to pass, seeming to scramble out of the pocket every dropback. Luckily for him, he does have quick feet that allowed him to rush for 53 yards on 11 attempts. Brandon Smith, a lesser heard receiver thus far this season, had the first and second touchdown of the day for the 'Cats. They didn't come from offense but special teams that closed the gap for State to 35 points. Brandon then came out for an encore returning a second kick return for 100 yards. Smith actually led State in receptions and yards, having one of the few overall positive days for the team. Texas State's defensive unit did not perform at the level they have all season long. Not one part of the defense is less to blame than the next. The front line lost the battle at the line of scrimmage, giving up 212 yards and 2 TD's on the ground. The secondary also gave up 360 yards on 26 passes, making Lafayette's quarterback, Broadway, look like an All-American. This is sure to be quite a wake up call for coach Naivar's defensive unit. Giving up 572 total yards is something they are not in a hurry to repeat. On a lighter note, the defense once again did not allow an opponent to convert on 4th down (opponents now 0-13, Lafayette was 0-2), a stat they still lead the nation in. The offensive side of the ball isn't getting off easy by any means. The Jones-led offense scored no touchdowns in the first half. The offense went 0-4 on their early 3rd down conversions, a stat Texas State led the conference in prior to the game. They converted 3 out of 11 compared to Lafayette's 9 of 14. The lone offensive touchdown for State was from DeLancellotti in garbage time for a 2-yard rush up the middle. Texas State returns home next Saturday against UL Monroe. Hopefully Bobcat Nation sees a turnaround by then as conference play begins to heat up.
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