SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — A week after shocking Houston 30-13, any dreams that the Texas State Bobcats had of an upset were crushed by Big 12 opponent Texas Tech.
Tech scored a pair of touchdowns in a 51-second span of the opening four and a half minutes of the game, and the Red Raiders coasted to a 58-10 victory over Texas State on Saturday night.
"It was hard to get behind so quickly, but really Texas Tech was just a lot better than us tonight, I don't know if the quick deficit really made that big a difference," said Texas State coach Dennis Franchione.
After shocking Conference USA foe Houston, Texas State's hopes of upsetting a Big 12 opponent were dashed when Cody Davis returned an interception 88 yards for a touchdown less than four minutes into the game. The Red Raiders recovered the ensuing kickoff and staged a three-play drive with Seth Moegle completing a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darrin Moore for a 14-0 lead with 4:06 gone in the first quarter.
Attendance at Bobcat Stadium was a record 33,006 fans, breaking the previous record of 16,600 set in a 1981 game against Texas A&M Kingsville.
'It was a great atmosphere, the fans were great. We just didn't play as well as we had hoped and did not give them the game they deserved," Franchione said.
Seth Doege passed for 319 yards and a career-tying five touchdowns by completing 25 of 32 for Tech (2-0) in less than three quarters of work. He threw two TDs in the first quarter, his first coming less than a minute after the Tech defense opened the scoring on Cody Davis' 88-yard interception return.
Texas State fell behind 28-0 and didn't score until starting quarterback Shaun Rutherford was pulled and backup Tyler Arndt threw a 25-yard TD pass to Terrence Franks with just less than 11 minutes left in the first half.
Arndt, who did not play in the week one win over Houston, had a strong second quarter completing seven of 11 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Arndt finished with 12 of 22 for 130 yards after taking over from starter Shaun Rutherford who was 1 for 9 with 11 yards and the interception.
"Tyler did some really good things out there tonight, it was good to get him in, there really is not a lot of difference between Tyler and Shaun, we have an off week and will look at the quarterback position then," Franchione said.
The home opener in front of a packed house was not exactly what Tech planned when they scheduled the game.