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CFN Take: Texas State Picked Apart By Troy

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Posted Nov 29, 2013


2013 Texas State Bobcats - Head Coach: Dennis Franchione


Texas State Bobcats

2013 Record: 6-6
8/31 at Southern Miss W 22-15
9/7 Prairie View A&M W 28-3
9/14 OPEN DATE
9/21 at Texas Tech L 33-7
9/28 Wyoming W 42-21
10/5 at Louisiana L 48-24
10/12 ULM L 21-14
10/19 Georgia State W 24-17
10/26 South Alabama W 33-31
11/2 at Idaho W 37-21
11/9 OPEN DATE
11/16 at Arkansas St L 38-21
11/23 WKU L 38-7
11/29 at Troy L 42-28
at Troy 42, Texas State 28
Basically … Troy became bowl eligible as Deon Anthony threw two touchdown passes and Jordan Chunn ran for two one-yard scores on the way to a 35-14 lead. Texas State scored first on a seven-yard Ryan Carden touchdown catch, and quarterback Duke DeLancellotti ran for two short scores, but Troy took the lead midway through the second quarter and put it away on a 25-yard Chandler Worthy catch.
- Troy QB Deon Anthony completed 4-of-5 passes for 164 yards and two scores, and Corey Robinson completed 17-of-22 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown.
- The two teams combined for 17 penalties
- Troy RB Jordan Chunn ran 13 times for 83 yards and two scores.
- Texas State QB Duke DeLancellotti completed 11-of-31 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and ran 17 times for 72 yards and two scores.

at Troy 42, Texas State 28
Basically … Troy became bowl eligible as Deon Anthony threw two touchdown passes and Jordan Chunn ran for two one-yard scores on the way to a 35-14 lead. Texas State scored first on a seven-yard Ryan Carden touchdown catch, and quarterback Duke DeLancellotti ran for two short scores, but Troy took the lead midway through the second quarter and put it away on a 25-yard Chandler Worthy catch.
- Troy QB Deon Anthony completed 4-of-5 passes for 164 yards and two scores, and Corey Robinson completed 17-of-22 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown.
- The two teams combined for 17 penalties
- Troy RB Jordan Chunn ran 13 times for 83 yards and two scores.
- Texas State QB Duke DeLancellotti completed 11-of-31 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and ran 17 times for 72 yards and two scores.

Texas State 37, at Idaho 21
Basically … Tyler Jones threw two touchdown passes and Robert Lowe ran for two short scores as Texas State became bowl eligible. Up 17-14 in the second quarter, TXST cranked out 21 straight points helped by a 20-yard run from Tim Gay and a 67-yard catch from Terrence Franks. Idaho got two touchdown passes from Taylor Davis and James Baker ran for a seven-yard touchdown.
- Texas State QB Tyler Jones completed 19-of-23 passes for 228 yards and two scores.
- Idaho QB Taylor Davis completed 20-of-35 passes for 181 yards and two scores.
- Texas State converted on all three of its fourth down chances. Idaho missed on two of its four fourth down tries, and the Bobcats took advantage.
- Idaho RB James Baker ran 24 times for 114 yards and a score.

ULM 21, at Texas State 14
Basically … Centarius Donald ran for a ten-yard score with 18 seconds to play to break a 14-14 tie and give ULM the win. The Warhawks took a 14-0 lead on two Isaiah Newsome interception returns for scores from 71 and 75 yards out, but Texas State came back with two Jason Dann field goals in the third quarter and a six-yard Robert Lowe touchdown run with just over six minutes to play set up by an interception from Aaron Matthews.
- ULM’s offense might not be working all that well, and Brayle Brown only hit half of his passes for 112 yards with two big picks, but a road win is a road win. Isaiah Newsome was the ULM offense with his two interception returns for scores, bailing out an O that finished with just 192 yards. The defense held Texas State on key down after key down, and only succumbed late after the O screwed up on a pick. Get used to it; ULM is going to have to win ugly.
- Texas State gave this away. With two interception returns for touchdowns and 15 penalties, the Bobcats did everything possible to lose this game. The offense outplayed ULM, even if the passing game was a disaster with the quarterbacks combining to complete 12-of-34 passes for 148 yards and two picks. Robert Lowe was everything for the attack with 140 rushing yards and a score on 22 carries, but the defense couldn’t hold on late as ULM’s woeful offense went 75 yards in the final few minutes.

at Louisiana-Lafayette 48, Texas State 24
Basically … The Ragin’ Cajuns exploded on the way to a 28-3 first half lead and a 45-3 advantage in the third on four Terrance Broadway touchdown passes with two to Jamal Robinson, a 44-yarder to Darryl Surgent and a 34-yard play to Jamal Robinson. TXST only managed a 33-yard Jason Dann field goal before finally getting into the end zone on a Brandon Smith kickoff return for a score. He returned a second kickoff 100 yards for a score midway through the fourth, but the offense didn’t finally get into the end zone until Duke DeLancellotti ran it in from two yards out with just over a minute to play.
- ULL didn’t let this ever become a game. The offense rolled at will, with Terrance Broadway and the quarterbacks combining to hit 21-of-26 passes for 360 yards and four scores, while the running game ripped up 212 yards and two scores. The defense did its part allowing just 76 passing yards; Texas State didn’t even come close to getting the O moving until late.
- Texas State needs to just dump this game from the memory bank and move on – it wasn’t the Bobcats’ day. The running game was stuffed from the start, while the passing attack was embarrassingly inept. The only positive was Brandon Smith returning here kickoffs for 211 yards and two scores.

at Texas State 42, Wyoming 21
Basically … Down14-7 in the first half after two touchdown runs from Wyoming’s Brandon Miller, Texas State cranked out 28 straight points helped by two scoring runs from Chris Nutall and Robert Lowe’s second short scoring dash of the game. Lowe helped the Bobcats pull away with a 19-yard score in the final seconds.
- Is Texas State the best team in the Sun Belt? Beating a hot team from the Mountain West like Wyoming was a big moment for Dennis Franchione’s program. The 3-1 start has been nice, but now the fun really begins with a trip to Louisiana-Lafayette to start out the Sun Belt season. The running game showed that it’s ready.
- Where was the Wyoming run defense? The line came up with a few plays in the backfield, but the linebackers were chasing way too often, giving up 256 yards and five scores with Robert Lowe carrying the ball 30 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns.
- Without a ton of time to work, Wyoming QB Brett Smith just wasn’t all that sharp. He threw for 292 yards and a score, but he was under pressure on a regular basis. He wasn’t able to get into a groove.
- With the running game working, TXST QB Tyler Jones didn’t have to take any big chances. He completed 14-of-18 passes, and while he threw a pick, he had an effective day.

at Texas Tech 33, Texas State 7
Basically … The Red Raider offense struggled, but the defense made up for it by coming up with three Texas State turnovers and allowing just a 49-yard Robert Lowe touchdown run in the third. The Tech offense only managed two first goals in the first half – the D helped the cause with a nine-yard fumble return for a score from will Smith. Davis Webb threw two second half touchdown passes as part of a run of 20 unanswered points, while Bustin added two more field goals for four in all.
- The Red Raiders have hit a snag. Baker Mayfield might have a lot of the tools, but he’s banged up. While he completed 14-of-20 passes for 124 yards with a pick, the offense didn’t move well enough when he was under center. Davis Webb threw two touchdown passes, but he only completed 19-of-43 throws for 310 yards.
- Texas State couldn’t seem to get its offense going. The running game kept getting stalled because of Texas Tech plays in the backfield, and the passing attack misfired time and again. There was one big pass play for a score, and one long run. Those two plays accounted for 84 of the team’s 240 yards.
- The bobcats stayed alive by picking off passes, taking away three. There wasn’t any pressure on the Red Raider quarterbacks that got the ball out of their hands in a hurry, generating just one sack.
- Despite the issues with the Tech offensive consistency, Jace Amaro continues to play like one of the nation’s top tight ends. More than a safety valve, he’s often the first option. He led the team with nine catches for 86 yards.

at Texas State 28, Prairie View A&M 3, Sept. 7
Basically … Chris Nutall ran for a four-yard touchdown early and a 77-yarder in the second, and Robert Lowe and Terrence Franks added short scoring runs, as Texas State outgained Prairie View A&M 242 rushing yards to 45 on the way to the easy win. A&M’s only points came late in the third on a 47-yard Christopher Barrick field goal.
- The defense absolutely stoned A&M. There wasn’t any running game with penetration stopping plays before they could get started. It was also a rested group with the offense hanging on to the ball for over 38 minutes.
- Tyler Arndt and the passing game didn’t take any chances because they didn’t have to. The ground game was working too well, and the line was controlling the interior too easily, paving the way for 132 yards and two scores from Chris Nutall on just eight carries.
- The 11 penalties were a problem, but there weren’t any turnovers and the defense and running game made up for any mistakes.

Texas State 22, at Southern Miss 15, Aug. 31
Basically … Texas State forced six turnovers with Craig Mager taking a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown to open up the scoring, but the offense didn’t go anywhere. Southern Miss scored 15 straight points to take a one point lead, helped by a six-yard James Cox touchdown catch, but Texas State was able to rally with a 17-yard scoring run from Tyler Arndt for the game winner with under three minutes to play.
- Offense bad, defense good. Texas State’s attack went absolutely nowhere with only 81 yards of rushing production and little pop to the passing game. However, the defense did the heavy lifting with all of the takeaways to overcome a shaky day from the secondary.
- There’s hope for Southern Miss. After a disastrous 2012, the Eagles should’ve blown away the Bobcats by 20, but four fumbles and two tough picks killed the day. There wasn’t any USM running game, but Allen Bridgford bombed away. Again, there’s hope.
- The Golden Eagle defense did its job. It was attacking, aggressive and effective. The offense put it in too many bad positions.
- David Mayo came up with a nice day for the Bobcats with six tackles, a sack and two picks. This was a total team effort to help USM screw up.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited There were signs last season that Dennis Franchione’s team was pointed in the right direction with a few massive rushing performances here and there, starting out the year ripping up Houston and finishing up with 446 yards and five scores on the ground against New Mexico State. Terrence Franks looks ready to take over the main duties in the backfield working behind a line that returns four starters. All the top receivers are back to help ease in the new starting quarterback, while the defense gets all four starters back and all are seniors.

Why To Be Grouchy The key parts of the offensive puzzle are gone. Eight starters return, but tackle Adley Eshraghipour was one of the team’s top blockers for the team’s two leading rushers, Marcus Curry and quarterback Shaun Rutherford. It was running back-by-committee throughout the season, and while Curry was hardly a workhorse, he was the team’s most effective rusher. On the other side of the ball, the team’s top defender, middle linebacker Joplu Bartu, is gone along with running mate Brian Lilly in the 4-2-5 scheme.

What Needs Working On Pass rush, pass rush, pass rush. The Bobcats destroyed New Mexico State in the season finale with six sacks and 13 tackles for loss – Bartu’s four sacks had a lot to do with the huge day. Before that, over the previous 11 games the defense generated a mere six sacks total with two in the Opening Day win over Houston, two against New Mexico and two against Idaho while suffering through a stretch of five straight games without popping a quarterback. Bartu along with the team’s second-leading pass rusher, end Chase Harper, but he only came up with two sacks.

Non-Conference Games: at Southern Miss, Prairie View A&M, at Texas Tech, Wyoming, at Idaho
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Prairie View A&M, Georgia State, South Alabama, at Idaho
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Southern Miss, at Texas Tech, Wyoming, at Louisiana, ULM, at Arkansas State, WKU, at Troy

Schedule Analysis: The Bobcats don’t have that much to do over the first half of the season with road games at Southern Miss, Texas Tech and Louisiana woven between home games against Prairie View A&M, Wyoming and ULM. With a nice midseason run of ULM, Georgia State and South Alabama all at home, TSU has to fatten up before closing out with the meat of the schedule. Going to Idaho might not be that big a problem, and getting a week off helps, but finishing up with at Arkansas State, WKU and at Troy isn’t going to be rough.

Team Concerns For 2013: The Bobcats had their moments on both sides of the ball, but this year the pass defense has to be night-and-day stronger. Most current Sun Belt teams can't bomb away, but after allowing 200 yards or more in every game but two - and those two coming against Navy and New Mexico teams that never threw - there's work to do in the secondary. It would help to come up with a pass rush after failing to come up with one in eight of the 12 games. The offense has to find something that works on a regular basis and stick with it.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... JUCO defensive backs. The team went big on JUCO talents all across the board with tight ends Tristan Henderson, Kris Petersen and Lawrence White to go along with guard Brandon Sarabia and running back C.J. Best; all should see work right away. Prep running back Jamel James is the star of the class, and quarterback Tyler Jones was a good get, but overall, it's about JUCO, JUCO, JUCO. The secondary signed immediate depth help with Donta Clanton and Trey Garrett out of California, and Demetrius Woodard from Blinn JC.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 119. That Class Was Heavy On ... Head coach Dennis Franchione has to go heavy to upgrade an offensive line that loses three starters and needs more quality depth. The defensive line also needs help with the depth on the ends lacking. For now, simply coming up with more FBS bodies is the main job, and the opportunities will be there for young players to be in the hunt for playing time.

Team Concerns For 2012: Besides the offensive line, the Bobcats have to come up with more options for a linebacking corps that wasn’t all that great last year and now has to replace Josh Minde on the strongside and Bryan Iwuji in the middle. The biggest issue, though, is the left side of the O line with tackle Michael Chambers and guard Jon Vernon gone.