What the loss means: The Texas State football team is in trouble. Six wins wasn’t enough to get a bowl game in 2013. Seven wins wasn’t enough last year.
You’d think eight wins would leave no doubt. To realistically accomplish that, Texas State needs to win seven of their eight conference games to make the 8-4 threshold. At this point, beating Georgia Southern, Arkansas State, and Louisiana-Lafayette all on the road seems unlikely.
Why the Bobcats lost: Houston is too good. The talent difference was extremely prevalent. There is a reason this team has 22 votes in the AP coaches poll. Houston finished with 366 rushing yards and 323 passing yards. Enough said.
Turning point: The entire second quarter. At the start of the second quarter, the score was 14-7. At halftime, it skyrocketed to 42-7. That should be telling in itself. Fumbles crippled two Texas State drives that would have likely resulted in points.
Spotlight player(s): Greg Ward Jr. was the best player on the field. He displayed blazing speed on the edge to give him 91 rushing yards for the game, as well as carving up the Bobcats' defense in the air for 274 passing yards. His athleticism and decision making was head and shoulders above Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, in comparison.
Good: Non-conference play is over. Now the Bobcats can put the slow start behind them and essentially start a new season with conference play. Texas State will need to have a fantastic conference record to even be considered for bowl selections.
Bad: Turnovers. Texas State fumbled the ball twice inside the Cougars’ 20-yard line. Houston scored on the ensuing drive after one of the two. The Cougars scored 14 points off turnovers, including the 35-yard interception return for a touchdown by William Jackson III in the second quarter. The Bobcats shot themselves in the foot and took themselves out of this game early and often.
Ugly: Texas State’s defense is about as ugly as any can be. This defense can’t guard a soul. Ward Jr. had his way with Texas State, totaling 365 yards and six touchdowns. Texas State gave up 42 points and 428 total yards in the first half alone.
What’s next: The Bobcats open up conference play against their Sun Belt kryptonite Louisiana-Lafayette on the road.