Here are four takeaways from the Texas State football teams' first half against Houston. The Bobcats are losing 42-7.
BREAK, DON’T BEND
It’s been more of the same for the Texas State defense – break, don’t bend. In the first quarter alone, Houston rang up 200 total yards and 14 points. Nothing changed in the second quarter. The Cougars finished the half with 35 points and 428 yards. Everything was working for the Cougars from an offensive standpoint.
IT’S GREG WARD JR.’S WORLD
And we are just living in it. Greg Ward Jr., Cougars junior quarterback, exploded for 35 yards on his first rush of the game and continued to find openings in the Bobcats' defense with ease. Ward totaled 346 yards and five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in the first half. Texas State could not contain Ward in the pocket, as he stretched the defense to its limits. Ward accounted for 80.8 percent of his team's offense.
For this team to win games, it appears that it will take an offensive explosion every week.
FUMBLING AT THE WRONG TIME
Not that there is ever an ideal time to fumble, but Texas State lost the football twice in the first half. Both occurred inside Houston’s 20-yard line, eliminating potential points from the board. Lawrence White, senior tight end, found some space on the right side of the field and coughed up the ball. C.J. Best, senior wide receiver, converted a first down before being stripped. Odds are, the Bobcats could have cut in to the deficit by holding on to the football.
WHERE’S THE RUNNING GAME?
Because it’s been non-existent. Rob Lowe, senior running back, and Chris Nutall, senior running back, combined for 16 yards on nine carries. The running game became less of a factor as Texas State found some success in the passing game.