All offseason, the Texas State football team preached its adherence to the no-huddle up-tempo offense. Through one game, the Bobcats look to be in fine form, following their 65-0 dominating performance over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium.
"I was proud of our guys," head coach Dennis Franchione said. "I ask them for four quarters of effort, intensity, focus and physical play and I felt like we got that. We didn't drop off, whoever went in the game. We played just about every person that we can conceivably play that we aren't trying to redshirt or that was hurt or not eligible, so a great way for our first game."
The offense showed a potency that had not been seen at that level in school history, ending the game with a program record 697 yards of total offense, surpassing the previous best of 680 established in 2005 against Prairie View A&M.
Tyler Jones got the team off to a hot start on his first drive, marching the team right down and finishing with a pitch to C.J. Best for a 17-yard touchdown. It was Best's first career touchdown at Texas State, and was the first of seven straight possessions the team would come away with points, before fumbling in the end zone for a touchback in the third quarter.
"We were trying to see what we could do as a team," Jones said. "This game was more about us and how we were going to play and respond, and I think we did a pretty good job. There's always room for improvement in this no-huddle offense, but for the most part, I feel like we did a decent job."
Jafus Gaines had a career game with 119 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He had a 71 yard catch and run down to the UAPB nine-yard line in the second quarter setting up a TD run by Rob Lowe. Gaines is coming off an ankle injury that hampered him for most of last year.
"Last year I broke my ankle, but I did not get discouraged," Gaines said. "I stayed positive because I knew that one day my time would come, and I guess today was that day. I was very happy and proud getting those first two touchdowns ever in college football. It was very exciting."
The Bobcats will now have a week off before having to turn their attention to Navy in front of a potential sellout crowd at Bobcat Stadium, on Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. The Midshipmen are coming off a near upset of No. 5 Ohio State and will bring in preseason Heisman Trophy candidate Keenan Reynolds.