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Excitement in San Marcos for Tech game reaches fever pitch

Posted: September 6, 2012 - 9:32pm  |  Updated: September 7, 2012 - 12:44am
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Texas State safety Jason McLean, left, breaks up a pass intended for Houston receiver Daniel Spencer (27)  during Texas State 30-13  upset on Saturday.  Brett Coomer
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Texas State safety Jason McLean, left, breaks up a pass intended for Houston receiver Daniel Spencer (27) during Texas State 30-13 upset on Saturday.
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Daniel Guerrero, the mayor of San Marcos, has never seen anticipation in his town quite like this.

Guerrero attended San Marcos High and Texas State (then called Southwest Texas State) and has seen some of the city’s biggest sporting moments, but none of those, he said, will compare to Saturday, when Texas State hosts Texas Tech in its first ever home game against a Big 12 opponent.

“We are anticipating the largest turnout we’ve ever had for an athletic event,” Guerrero said.

These are exciting times for the Bobcats, who are in their first season as a Football Bowl Subdivision member. They started that membership off with a bang last Saturday, when they trounced Houston, 30-13, despite entering the game as five-touchdown underdogs.

“As a coach who has been around as long as I have, you don’t see too many years where so much goes right in the first game,” Texas State coach Dennis Franchione said.

Plenty did for the Bobcats in the victory. They held Houston to just 1 of 16 on third and fourth downs, tallied 450 yards of total offense (250 rushing), turned the ball over just once and committed only four penalties.

Add that recent performance to a newly renovated Bobcat Stadium, which is expecting 30,000 fans, for a school hosting its first Big 12 team, and you have an excited community.

“I don’t get out and about too often,” Franchione said, “but I know there’s a great buzz.”

Guerrero has been around town this week and said he is seeing the buildup of a game the city has prepared for the last two years reaching a fever pitch.

“We are excited to welcome people and show them a good time,” Guerrero said.

Franchione is more concerned with his team turning in another solid performance, adding that Tech presents a “bigger, tougher challenge by far” than did Houston.

For starters, the coach said his team must be more physical against Tech’s wide receivers after getting burned multiple times, particularly in the second half, of Texas State’s 50-10 loss to the Red Raiders in last year’s season opener.

Darrin Moore, who is expected to return Saturday after serving a one-game suspension, caught 12 passes for 221 yards in that contest.

“They have big, tall, fast receivers,” Franchione said. “We’re going to have to have some pressure on the quarterback.”

Meantime, Texas State will rely heavily on its own quarterback, senior Shaun Rutherford, who ran for 83 of Texas State’s 256 yards in the Tech game last year.

Rutherford accounted for 230 total yards and a touchdown against Houston.

“Shaun, he’s kind of a rock in our program,” Franchione said. “You are going to get the same grit and fight and work out of him every day.”

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If Tech is a legit bowl team,

If Tech is a legit bowl team, then they should handle business, no matter how hyped TxState is. I'm not worried.


Texas State's Bowl Game

30,000 people can make noise. But it's not an enclosed bowl, so that should help.

The outcome of this game will allow Tech the opportunity to take the next step--which will be at Ames.

I simply doubt that TSU will be able to handle Tuberville's quarterbacking, speed, and returned experience. (From the DL)

44-21, Tech.



Yeah I agree, we got way too many weapons. I know the TSU fans expect some kind magical win in the first home game at the new stadium. And it wouldnt surprise me if they draw first blood. But the sheer talent and speed that we have is just too much. Its a matter of an established D1 program with a top whatever recruiting class or two coming in against a feisty group that knocked off UH in a down year. No way. I just dont see it. If we get beat like Houston tomorrow, there are alot deeper problems than I thought. Wish I was going.


I am going to the game and it

I am going to the game and it should be fun. I think tech will handle TX State and I think they will do it convincingly. Tech is going to open some eyes this week.

Facts I can't believe I'm going to agree with you on something but I am. I agree we have got to get a win and we will. Hopefully this will help with putting BCG situation in the past....just like we did leach....well most of us


Hope so

Hope youre right, Bill. This is one in my opinion we need a blowout. I mean throwing home run balls if we're up by 60 with 2 minutes left. I dont think Tubs would do it, but our guys need more stability and confidence. A personality as a team. And any game in Texas where you can impress a 15 or 16 year old kid by lighting up the scoreboard (even against TSU) is a bonus down the road.


Tech should do fine. From

Tech should do fine. From last year and year before our defense lacked knowledge in the coaching department. From what I have read from the players, Kaufman is a great teacher and an actual coach compared to Glasgow, and Willis. The defense should be fine, and the offense should get things rolling. If tech controls the clock and the ball they should win by 30 possibly 40.


Your right RRFL

Your right RRFL, i have said before on these threads that Bums son Wade Phillip reminds me alot of Art Kaufman and what his capabilities of achieving are with this defense. These D coordinators have proven schemes that are highly successful and give players high level of confidence


great guys

everybodys agreeing. I agree wit all of your comments

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