HOUSTON (AP) -- Texas State made quite a splash in their FBS debut on Saturday by beating Houston 3013 at Robertson Stadium. Marcus Curry rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns and catch two passes for 23 yards and another score. Quarterback Shawn Rutherford was 18-24 for 189 passing yards and a touchdown.
It was the first time the Bobcats have beat an FBS team since 2000 when they defeated Louisiana Monroe.
The Bobcats took the 7-0 lead on a 21-yard swing pass to Marcus Curry. As Curry got to the 10-yard line, Chase Harper delivered a big block to spring Curry for the score.
After Houston converted on a 50-yard field goal, Texas State was back in the endzone on its first play from scrimmage, as Curry, hurdled over a defender, as he ripped off a 73-yard run on the first play from scrimmage to go up 14-3, midway through the first quarter.
Texas State was forced to respond again after Houston scored on a 64-yard pass, to cut the lead to 14-10. It was Curry who led the response, breaking off a 20-yard run to get down to the Houston 19. He later scored on a two-yard run, to give the Bobcats a 21-10 lead.
The Bobcats continued to have luck on their side, midway through the second quarter, when they recovered a fumble at the Houston 22-yard line. It allowed the Bobcats to extend their lead, converting on a 32-yard field goal, to go up 24-10.
Right before the half, Rutherford hit freshman Brandon Smith for 22 yards to set up a field goal just as the first half expired. The Bobcats led at intermission 27-10.
The Bobcats will play their home opener in renovated Bobcat Stadium on Saturday night against Texas Tech.