Live analysis: Texas State vs. Houston

Assistant Sports Editor

FOURTH QUARTER

Texas State: Chris Nutall 1-yard touchdown run, 12:57.
Drive summary: 13 plays, 85 yards, 4:07.

Key play: Texas State drove down the field methodically with no huge bursts. Just solid gain after solid gain. Can't ask for more offensively. 

Houston: 25-yard touchdown run by Ryan Jackson, 03:52.
Drive summary: 7 plays, 57 yards, 3:50.

Houston 59, Texas State 14: Greg Ward Jr. took over the game, favoring his Demarcus Ayers. He threw him the ball for eight catches, 126 yards, and two touchdowns. Ward totalled for 375 all-purpose yards and six total touchdowns. 

THIRD QUARTER

Houston: Kyle Bullard 24-yard field goal, 9:46.
Drive summary: 6 plays, 53 yards, 2:19.

Key play: Ayers goes untouched for 53 yards up the middle of the Bobcat defense. 

Houston: 9-yard rush by Ward, 6:03. 
Drive summary: 7 plays, 52 yards, 2:49.

Key play: Houston drove down the field with ease.

Houston 52, Texas State 7: The Cougars' domination continues, but Texas State started mustering up a drive at the end of the quarter. They will start the 4th quarter with the ball on the 41- yard line. Texas State has allowed 558 total yards of offense to Houston thus far. 

SECOND QUARTER

Houston: Ward 1-yard touchdown run, 12:05.
Drive summary: 8 plays, 63 yards, 2:39.

Key play: Ward scrambles for 33 yards down the left sideline on a called pass play.

Houston: Ward 3-yard touchdown pass to Ayers, 7:01.
Drive summary: 10 plays, 96 yards, 2:49.

Key play: The "tip drill" was put in use, as Ward found Ayers for 50 yards after it tipped off of a Bobcat's hands.

Houston: Ward completes a 6-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Ayers, 1:53.
Drive summary: 8 plays, 69 yards 3:19.

Key play: On 3rd and 14, Ward finds Ayers on a deep out route for 26 yards to continue the drive for the Cougars. 

Houston: William Jackson III intercepts Jones and returns it 35 yards for a touchdown, 0:44.
Drive summary: 1 play, 35 yards, 0:00.

Key play: Jackson III jumped a short out route intended for Jafus Gaines, and tight roped the sideline all the way for six points.

Houston 42, Texas State 7: The second quarter was completely dominated by Houston. End of story. 

FIRST QUARTER

Houston: Ward 32 yard pass to Chance Allen, 13:11.
Drive summary: 5 plays, 85 yards, 1:49.

Key play: Greg Ward, Jr. rushed for 35 yards on a designed dropback pass. He tucked in and got around the right end to put the Cougars in plus-territory.

Texas State: Jones 4-yard touchdown run, 1:47(James Sherman kick).
Drive summary: 10 plays, 57 yards, 3:44

Key play: Jones completes to Jafus Gaines for 16 yards on 3rd and 7 to keep the drive going in the Cougars' red zone. 

Houston: Ward 65-yard touchdown pass to Steven Dunbar, 1:18.
Drive summary: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:29.

Key play: Dunbar was wide open on the right side of the field, and when the Bobcats seemed to have him coralled, Dunbar split the defenders and took it to the house.

Houston 14, Texas State 7: Both offenses had no problem moving the ball up and down the field, but both defenses had their moments to shine. Houston forced and recovered a fumble in their own red zone, and Texas State stopped the Cougars on 4th and 1 at midfield. Texas State allowed 200 total yards of offense to the Cougars in the first quarter.