San Marcos, Texas – It was a joyous homecoming for the Texas State football team, as it won its first ever Western Athletic Conference game, 38-7, over Idaho Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium. With the win, the Bobcats improved to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
The Bobcats controlled the game early on, outgaining Idaho 265-165 in the first half. Texas State opened the scoring when Rutherford connected with Andy Erickson on a 31-yard touchdown pass for Erickson's third touchdown reception in as many games.
Rutherford extended the lead to 14-0 midway through the second quarter when he scampered in from eight yard on a 4th-and-1. It was Rutherford's second rushing score of the year. He finished the game with 85 yards rushing on 15 attempts.
Idaho pulled within seven with five minutes to go in the second quarter when James Baker had a three-yard plunge to cap a four-play, 70-yard drive.
Will Johnson attempted a 52-yard field goal right before the half, but it went wide right, as the Bobcats took a 14-7 lead into the intermission.
Texas State came out in the second half on fire, forcing a three-and-out on two of Idaho's first three possessions of the second half. After the first three-and-out by the Bobcat defense, Andy Erickson returned the ensuing punt to the 49-yard line of Idaho and six plays later, Terrence Franks extended the Bobcat lead, with a five-yard run for his first touchdown of the year.
On the Bobcats' next drive, Jaifus Gaines made a highlight catch going up in traffic down the right seam, and coming down with the ball at the Idaho 24. Following two holding calls, it was 3rd-and-30 when Terrence Franks had a 32-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass to the Vandal 14. The drive ended with a 35-yard field goal by Johnson, to give the Bobcats a 24-7 advantage.
Marcus Curry cemented the game for the Bobcats with a 24-yard run up the middle for his first touchdown of the day. It gave Texas State a 31-7 lead.
The final score of the game came on Duke DeLancellotti's first action of the season. The first-year quarterback for Texas State ran it in from six yards for a final score of 38-7.
The Bobcats will have a week off before returning to action, Saturday, Oct. 27, at San Jose State. It is the team's first road conference game of the year.