The Texas State Bobcats and the UTSA Roadrunners meet in week 2 college football action from the Alamodome on Saturday afternoon.
Texas State Pulls Off Massive Upset
The Texas State Bobcats managed to snag one of the biggest upsets of week 1, taking out Baylor by a final score of 42-31 to start the year with their first win over a power five team. TJ Finley threw for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns on 22 of 30 passing while also rushing for another score as well. Ismail Mahdi led the Bobxats with 83 rushing yards and a TD and Calvin Hill had 53 rushing yards on a team-high 19 carries while Jahmyl Jeter added a rushing TD of his own. Joey Holbert led Texas State’s receiving group with 6 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown while Kole Wilson had 5 grabs for 65 yards and Ashtyn Hawkins added 58 receiving yards. Donerio Davenport and the aforementioned Mahdi each had TD grabs as well for Texas State in the win. On defense, Brian Holloway led the Bobcats with 8 total tackles and 6 solo tackles while Caleb Coleman, Tavian Coleman and Sam Latham all had a sack. Shawn Holton added an interception for the Bobcats as well in the victory.
Texas State Bobcats Team Facts
- Texas State has lost each of its last four games against opponents from the American Athletic Conference.
- The road team has covered the spread in six of Texas State's last seven games.
- Texas State has won the first quarter in three of its last four games against non-conference opponents.
- Texas State has lost the first half in 11 of its last 14 road games against non-conference opponents.
- Each of Texas State's last four games as an underdog have gone OVER the total points line.
UTSA Falls Flat In Opener
The UTSA Roadrunners will be out to rebound from a 17-14 loss to Houston in their season opener, failing to get revenge after last year’s defeat. Frank Harris threw for 209 yards, a touchdown and 3 interceptions on 18 of 36 passing while Kevorian Barnes led UTSA on the ground with 103 rushing yards and a score on 16 carries. Joshua Cephus led the Roadrunners in receiving with 9 grabs for 123 yards and a touchdown while only one other Roadrunner had more than one reception in the loss. On defense, Kam Alexander led the way with 6 total tackles while Donyai Taylor and Trey Moore each had a sack in the losing effort.
UTSA Roadrunners Team Facts
- UTSA has won each of its last 16 home games against non-AP-ranked teams.
- UTSA has failed to cover the spread in each of its last four games against non-conference opponents.
- UTSA has won the first quarter in three of its last four games against non-conference opponents.
- UTSA has won the first half in each of its last four home games against non-conference opponents.
- Five of UTSA's last six games in September have gone OVER the total points line.
- UTSA ranked 8th among FBS teams for Q2 points per game last season (12.1).
- UTSA ranked 11th among FBS teams for Q2 win percentage last season (.714).
- Texas State was one of only 27 FBS teams to lose 2+ games when leading after Q3 last season.
- Texas State ranked 27th among FBS teams for Q1 points allowed per game last season (4.3).
I’m leaning towards UTSA here, only because I feel that I don’t think the Roadrunners could play much worse than they did offensively last week. I’m not discrediting the win that Texas State pulled off against Baylor, but I just don’t know if the Bobcats can keep that magic going for a second straight week, especially against a Roadrunners team that’ll be desperate to avoid an 0-2 start and will be on high alert knowing that the Bobcats are capable of springing the upset. I’ll side with UTSA here.