SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State rolled over the Idaho Vandals 38-7 in a Western Athletic Conference game in steamy San Marcos Saturday night.
“It was a miserable game,” Idaho coach Robb Akey said after the Vandals dropped to 1-1 in the WAC and 1-6 overall. “We have to play better on defense. We didn’t tackle well. Texas State played well. It was a bad combination.”
The Vandals managed just 315 yards on offense - 211 on 19 of 34 passing (two interceptions) and 104 rushing. Meantime, the crafty Bobcat offense covered 519 with 337 of those on 47 carries by a fleet of deceptive backs and another 182 through the air.
“Defensively, we just didn’t play well,” Akey reiterated. “We have to stop the running game. That’s the bottom line.
“That was real disappointing.”
Texas State struck first with a length-of-the-field drive capped by a 31-yard scoring pass from Sean Rutherford to Andy Erickson midway through the first.
Idaho didn’t convert on its first drive when Trey Farquhar’s 55-yard field goal attempt fell just short.
Penalties were big for both teams the remainder of the quarter and the Bobcats’ lone score held up as the first-quarter tally – 7-0 Texas State.
Rutherford called his number on four successive plays and scored on a nine-yard run with 6:55 to go in the first half for a 14-0 Bobcats’ lead.
Idaho benefited from an offside penalty after the ensuing kickoff and started its first scoring drive at the Texas State 30. Blackman went deep to Jahrie Level on first down for a 38-yard pickup to the Texas State 32. Ryan Bass covered 21 yards on the next play and added another eight to take the Vandals to the Bobcats’ 3. James Baker finished it off with a bullish three-yard run with 5:07 left in the second. Farquhar’s kick was good to close the gap to 14-7.
The Vandals held on Texas State’s next possession when Will Johnson’s 47-yard field goal sailed wide left.
Idaho’s final drive of the first half also feel short when Blackman attempted a deep pass to Lovett in the end zone.
The Vandals failed to move the ball on its first possession of the second half – and the Bobcats had the opposite outcome on their initial drive of the third. Benefiting from the short field because of the failed Idaho drive, the Bobcats needed just six plays to cover 49 yards and score on Terrence Franks’ five-yard run with 10:19 left in the third for the 21-7 TSU advantage.
Despite facing and third-down-and-30 at the Idaho 46, the Bobcats still managed to score on their next possession on Johnson’s 35-yard field goal for a 24-7 lead with 1:33 left in the third quarter.
Marcus Curry danced through the Vandal defense on TSU’s next drive to score from 24 yards out for a 31-7 lead with 13:54 left in the game. The Bobcats’ final tally came on a six-yard run by Duke DeLancellotti with 2:04 to play.