Texas State (3-4) held the lead at halftime, but costly mistakes in the second half saw the Bobcats fall to San Jose State, 31-20, today at Spartan Stadium. The loss is the first in conference play for the Cats as they drop to 1-1 in the league. The victory improves the Spartans conference record 2-1.
San Jose State (6-2) took an early 3-0 lead after a 20-yard field goal by the Spartans in the first quarter. The score would hold for the majority of the quarter, but the Bobcats would not be held scoreless in the first. Texas State went for it on fourth and goal, as Shaun Rutherford dished the ball to Marcus Curry for the Bobcats first touchdown of the game. It was Curry's sixth touchdown of the season as it gave Texas State a 7-3 lead over San Jose with 1:38 to go in the first.
Shortly into the second quarter, San Jose's David Freeman rushed for 10 yards to regain the lead. Texas State was able to move the ball quite smoothly and Rutherford showed his speed as he raced for a career-high 45 yards to the endzone for a touchdown. The rush helped the Bobcats take a 14-10 advantage over the Spartans. Almost five minutes later, Will Johnson connected on a 29-yard field with four minutes to go in the half to extend Texas State's lead to 17-10 over the home team.
Both teams continued to trade points throughout the first half. It was a six-yard touchdown reception by San Jose State's Chandler Jones that tied the game at 17-All with a little over one minute remaining in the half.
The game would not be tied for long as Texas State's Johnson came up big again for the Cats. This time Johnson connected on a 42-yard field goal with eight seconds left in the first half. The field goal gave Texas State a 20-17 edge heading into the locker room.
The Spartans registered back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead over Texas State. The Bobcats were unable to come back, as the Spartans won 31-20.
Texas State will continue its two-game road stand next weekend with a trip to Utah State. Kickoff at Romney Stadium is set for 2 p.m. CT.