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(Saturday, September 1st)
Final Score: Texas State 30, Houston 13
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Texas State rode a strong first half on its way to a 30-13 upset victory over the Houston Cougars as the Bobcats made their FBS debut at Robertson Stadium.
Marcus Curry powered the Texas State (1-0) offense by rushing for 131 yards and a pair of scores while also contributing a receiving touchdown. Shawn Rutherford threw for 189 yards and a touchdown for the Bobcats who were an FCS Independent last season. Texas State scored 27 of its 30 points in the first half.
Houston (0-1) was unable to get much going offensively in the first game without NCAA career passing leader Case Keenum and former head coach Kevin Sumlin. Larry McDuffey caught only two passes but had 73 yards receiving while also scoring the only touchdown by the Cougars who led the nation in scoring last season (49.3 ppg). David Piland completed only 17-of-44 passes for 211 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Texas State looked good on its first drive as an FBS program capping an eight- play, 65-yard drive with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Rutherford to Curry to take an early 7-0 lead.
Houston responded with a 50-yard field goal from Matt Hogan on it's next possession.
Texas State struck back quickly, scoring on a 73-yard run by Curry to take a 14-3 lead midway through the first quarter.
Houston answered once again and cut the Bobcats' lead to 14-10 with 3:09 left in the first quarter when Piland hooked up with McDuffey for a 64-yard score.
The scoring continued into the second quarter as Curry found the end zone once again, this time on a two-yard run putting Texas State up 21-10.
A pair of field goals from Texas State's Will Johnson, the first a 32-yarder and the second from 45-yards out, closed out the first half scoring with the Bobcats leading 27-10.
The second half had less offensive fireworks with a 37-yard field goal from Hogan the only scoring play of the third quarter. The field goal sent Houston into the fourth quarter trailing 27-14.
Neither team would score again until Texas State effectively put the game away with a 34-yard field goal from Johnson that extended the Bobcats' advantage to, 30-13, with 6:32 remaining.
Texas State is now 4-1 in the all-time series. The first three wins came during Houston's first three years with a program (1946-48). Houston won 68-28 in the only other meeting in 2010.
09/02 00:08:01 ET
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