As predicted, this was the highest scoring game for Texas State
all season. 5 touchdowns from 4 different players showed that Texas State can win as a team without relying on any one player. 3 out of the 4 running backs scored touchdowns today, the first time all season.
The real surprise was Tyler Jones' efficiency. He completed 19-24 for 228 yards and 2 TDs, a season high for Texas State QB's. He spread the ball again to 9 different players, not allowing any receiver more than 3 catches. This looked like Jones' best game yet.
Tyler Jones threw his first touchdown pass to Isaiah Battle using the far corner of the end zone that Jones has scored on numerous times this season. His right corner pass was caught with one hand by Battle and should surely be a top play of the college football week. The risky call by Dennis Franchione to throw the ball with 6 seconds left as opposed to kicking the field goal shouldn't go unnoticed either.
Lowe had a slower game than usual with only 3.6 yards per carry. However, his two touchdowns saved his stat line. He scored both in the red zone, but was not quite as efficient outside of it. It was clear that Idaho
prepared for the Lowe-Jones read option threat holding both players to a combined 60 net yards.
It was two other backs that stepped up in this weeks victory that is certainly worth noting. Tim Gay scored one of Texas State's 5 TDs from 20 yards out and virtually untouched. The 230 lb back showed Bobcat Nation that he can be more than just a blocking back, and score if he just gets the carries. He only had 2 carries but made the most of it against Idaho.
Terrence Franks scored the last of the RB touchdowns on a 67 yard wheel route. The touchdown was not what anyone was expecting on the play, nevertheless a passing play at all. Tyler Jones ran left as he tucked the ball, masking the run, but pulled the ball back up and threw a rope to Franks down the left sideline for the longest pass of Jones' young career.
This game showed the flexibility of this program to have individuals step up unexpectedly. It led to a win for the 'Cats against a future conference foe, and makes Texas State bowl eligible. Let's not speak too soon but an appearance in the New Orleans Bowl this year would speak volumes for Texas State's first year back in the conference.
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Texas State can now have a shot at their first FBS bowl game after their third straight win in Idaho. The 37-21 win the Bobcats pulled off Saturday may mean bigger things to come for the program.