WKU Runs Over 'Cats

Tonight's 38-7 loss to Western Kentucky puts Texas State in a difficult spot. The 'Cats started this game with an uphill fight unsure about who would prevail at QB, but gave it their all in their last home game of the season.

Tyler Arndt started, with Tyler Jones being a "game time" decision. His throwing hand has been injured since the Arkansas State game and it took two consecutive interceptions thrown by Arndt to get Jones back in. His hand is broken, and will require surgery whether he plays or not. The 'Cats started the game off with 3 turnovers on 4 possessions. Running back Robert Lowe fumbled on his first carry, and Arndt threw 2 interceptions in his first 4 passing attempts. Fran spoke on the beginning of the game.

"We didn't get off to a very good start. We needed to change things up and Tyler (Jones) hadn't practiced a whole lot this week. It was pretty vivid we needed to do something for a change.

From then on it was Jones shot at winning the game. He entered the game after slim reps at practice. Jones finished the game 14-25 for 104 yards, 1 TD and one interception. He took a rough shot behind the line of scrimmage in the first half after replacing Arndt. Arndt came back in to finish the drive and threw his 3rd interception of the night.

At halftime, the 'Cats went in to the locker room down only 17-7. From there, the defense allowed 3 more touchdowns, two from Antonio Andrews, and one from Anthony Wales. The defense has allowed over 300 rushing yards the last two games, and against two of the best power rushing teams on their schedule. Fran touched on the defensive production.

"I think we've had problems with the two-back running teams. I think we fit good on the spread teams early in the year. I think we have trouble with two-back running teams...We spent the first five games against spread, no huddle teams. We need to do more than a period or two in practice working with the power run team."

Antonio Andrews alone ran 21 times for 204 yards with no negative yards. Leon Allen rushed 11 times for 54 yards, and lastly Anthony Wales, redshirt freshman, rushed for 46 yards and his first touchdown of the season.

The bottom line is that Texas State needs to beat Troy next week for any shot at a bowl. Giving the ball away 5 times in one half will leave any team with a difficult comeback.

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