San Marcos — Texas State nearly forced San Marcos to rename itself Upset City.
For three quarters and part of the fourth, the Bobcats not only hung with No. 18/19 Louisiana Tech, but inflicted a genuine scare. Then, Texas State ran into its staunchest foe this season: itself.
Penalties and missed opportunities plagued the Bobcats all night, especially in the final stanza. Texas State tied the game early in the fourth quarter, but two late scores from the Bulldogs were too much for Dennis Franchione’s team to overcome in a 62-55 loss.
“I’m really proud of our players,” Franchione said. “They played their tails off and fought their tails off. We took the 18th-ranked team in the country down to the end.
“We’re our own worst enemy sometimes. Our margin for victory is small. We extended drives with penalties a time or two and if we take seven or eight of those off the board, maybe that helps us win a football game. Until we learn to overcome those things, we can’t beat an 18th-ranked team in the nation. Every little inch, whether it be a penalty or whatever it may be becomes more critical when you play a team ranked in the Top 20.”
The Bobcats traded blows and scores with Louisiana Tech all night.
Texas State only put up 158 yards of total offense in last week’s loss to Utah State, but racked up a season-high 577 against the Bulldogs. In their previous six quarters, the Bobcats only scored seven points and nonupled that Saturday night.
With five seconds elapsed in the fourth quarter, Texas State tied the game at 48-all on a 12-yard pass from senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford to sophomore tight end Bradley Miller. It was the second time Rutherford and Miller connected for a score in the game.
The Bobcats then couldn’t get out of their own way as they committed penalties to extend Louisiana Tech’s next two drives — and they paid. The Bulldogs scored on each one.
Texas State made it 62-55 on a 1-yard run by Rutherford, but couldn’t get the ensuing onside kick.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday with a 2 p.m. game at Navy.