Typically when a team loses 37-3 on the road, the stories are universally negative, but for Texas State, a 34 point loss to Colorado showed plenty of silver linings. First and foremost, there's the fact that Texas State competed in Boulder, a tough place to play, is a huge step. The Bobcat's trailed the Buffs by just 14 at the half, seven of those 14 came on a fluke punt return fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter.
At the half, Colorado, who's best offensive player is arguably running back Phillip Lindsay, rushed for exactly 53 on 24 carries. Colorado was trying to rush the football down Texas State's throat, to bully the Bobcats and they failed. 53 yards on 24 carries is proof positive that Texas State's peanut butter and jelly revolution is paying off. Texas State's defensive line, bulked up significantly from last season, held and even re-established the line of scrimmage, forcing Colorado to abandon plan A, run over the Bobcats, and implement plan B.
The 'Cats also sacked Colorado quarterback Steven Montez twice, bringing them to eight sacks on the season, within one of the Bobcat's sack total for the entire 2016 season. Nose tackle Sami Awad is the space eater that he promised, Jordan Mittie and Ishmael Davis are disruptive. Linebackers Bryan London and Gabe Lloyd picked up in 2017 where they left off in 2016. Easy Anyama may be the comeback player of the Sun Belt, and Frankie Griffin continues to play in opponent's backfields.
In the second half, Texas State found out that John Denver isn't full of shit, and that Rocky Mountain High stuff is for real. The altitude and Colorado's big bodies took a toll. Texas State's inept offense, including two turnovers, led to 23 Colorado points and a comfortable win. Still, for the game, the Bobcats allowed just 2.2 yards a carry. On the afternoon, Texas State also held the defending PAC 12 South champs to four of fifteen on third downs.
Texas State was never going to beat the Buffs in Boulder. The talent chasm is too great. The defense competed for four quarters, and that's more important than the final score.