Junior RB Rob Lowe finished the night with 150 yards on 14 carries including a 51 yard scamper down the left sideline, and one TD. As a team, the Bobcats racked up 378 yards on the ground for the evening. On the night, Texas State amassed 697 total yards of offense, on their way to a program record.Jones favorite receiving target for the day was Jafus Gaines in the slot. Gaines caught four passes on the day for 119 yards, including a 71 yard catch over the middle of the field that led to another Texas State score. For his first ever receiving TD, Gaines came across the middle where Jones hit him in a tight space, after bobbling the ball initially Gaines resecured the ball on his back in the endzone, for his first career TD catch.
"I'm not going to lie, I was nervous. I saw the ball coming to me, and the only thing i could think of was I'm going to be in trouble if I don't catch this. I didn't want to disappoint anybody so i made sure I made the catch all the way through," said Gaines.
The Defense was unmovable as they held a shut out even after the starters exited late, and especially with the offense scoring so quickly, they were tested many times throughout the game. David Mayo led the way with 10 tackles and half a sack. Head Coach Dennis Fanchione talked about Defensive Coordinator John Thompson's ability to implement the defense on a new team with few returning starters.
"I said this going through camp. I was hoping it would look like this. You never know going into first games. Watching John teach and convey and get the point across, was really a pleasure for me. I wasn't sure it could come together like it did tonight. We have bigger challenges ahead obviously, but it's a real credit to him," said Coach Franchione.The defense was the real surprise of tonight's game, with so many returning players on offense and so many new variables on defense. Pitching a shutout created some confidence as Texas State prepares for Navy, at home, on September 13th. Coach Fran talked about some of the defensive standouts from Saturday night's game.
"A lot of guys took turns making plays. I thought Mike Orakpo and David Mayo played well. David Mims and Craig Mager played well. Germod Williams was in good position all night. Mike Odiari was pretty relentless. A lot of guys putting some pressure on the quarterback, we had 3 sacks for us. We hit the QB a lot. Karee Berry for his first chance to play as a red shirt freshman did pretty good. It's hard to get a shutout in today's college football and to our credit we played as many people as we played and were able to get one," said Coach Franchione.The Bobcats draw an early bye week for week 2. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Bobcat Stadium for a week 3 matchup with the Midshipmen who travel to San Marcos for a nationally televised game on ESPN News.