The University of Houston Cougars opened a promising 2012 season in disappointment, falling to the Texas State Bobcats 30-13 at Robertson Stadium on Saturday night.
The new era of Cougar football under coach Tony Levine and quarterback David Piland certainly could have gotten off to a better start, as Piland struggled for the better part of the game and the Houston defense fell short when it was needed most against a surprising ground attack by the Texas State Bobcats.
The Bobcats would jump to an early 14-3 lead thanks to Marcus Curry, who caught a 21-yard pass for a touchdown and rushed for a 73-yard touchdown on the team's very next offensive play. The Cougars would close the gap to 14-10 thanks to a 64-yard catch and run from Piland to Larry McDuffey, yet Texas State would control the game from that point forward.
Texas State would score 13 unanswered points to take a 27-10 lead into the half, with the Cougars offense shutting down completely in the second half.
Houston is moving to the Big East in 2013 and has high hopes for the future of the football program, yet a rocky start has put a damper on what had been a very promising season.