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Texas State runs roughshod over Vandals

Shaun Rutherford threw for one touchdown and used his legs to run for another Saturday to lead the Texas State Bobcats to a 38-7 victory over the Idaho Vandals in Western Athletic Conference football at San Marcos, Texas.

Rutherford led the Bobcats offense, completing 14 of 19 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown while scrambling 15 times for 85 yards and another score. Rutherford hooked up with Andy Erickson on a 31-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, than had a 9-yard touchdown run with 6:55 to go in the first half.

Texas State amassed 519 yards of total offense against a Vandals defensive unit seemingly not up to the task and didn’t turn the ball over once.

“It was a miserable game,” Idaho coach Robb Akey said after the Vandals dropped to 1-1 in the WAC and 1-6 overall. “We have to play better on defense. We didn’t tackle well. Texas State played well. It was a bad combination.”

Idaho trailed 14-0 before James Baker scored a touchdown at the 5:07 mark in the second quarter, making it 14-6, but the Bobcats scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to cruise to victory.

“Defensively, we just didn’t play well,” Akey reiterated. “We have to stop the running game. That’s the bottom line. That was real disappointing.”

(22) Texas A&M 59, (23) Louisiana Tech 57: Johnny Manziel passed for 396 yards and three TDs and also rushed 19 times for 181 yards and three scores to carry the Aggies (5-1) to a nonconference victory over the Bulldogs (5-1) in Shreveport, La.

Wide receiver Quinton Patton caught 21 passes for 233 yards and four TDs for Louisiana Tech.

Utah State 49, San Jose State 27: Kerwy Williams scored three TDs on the ground, Chuckie Keeton threw for three more in the air and the Aggies breezed to a victory over the Spartans in San Jose, Calif.

Williams had 15 carries for 176 yards and three scores to lead the ground attack for the Aggies while Keeton was 26 of 35 for 273 yards and three touchdowns.

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