HOUSTON (AP) - Marcus Curry rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns to lead Texas State to a 30-13 win over the Houston Cougars Saturday night.
Curry caught two passes for 23 yards and a touchdown. Shawn Rutherford was 18 of 24 for 189 yards and a touchdown to lead Texas State, which is in its first year of FBS play and will play in the WAC this season.
Houston's David Piland was 17 of 44 for 211 yards and a touchdown in his first start since going 2-6 as a starter in 2010 when he started in place of an injured Case Keenum.
Charles Sims rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries for Houston, which was playing its first regular season game under Tony Levine after Kevin Sumlin left for Texas A&M. Levine coached the Cougars to a win in the TicketCity Bowl over Penn State last year.
|TXSTSM||Marcus Curry 21 yd pass from Shaun Rutherford (Will Johnson kick)|
|HOU||Matt Hogan 50 yd FG|
|TXSTSM||Marcus Curry 73 yd run (Will Johnson kick)|
|HOU||Larry McDuffey 64 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|TXSTSM||Marcus Curry 2 yd run (Will Johnson kick)|
|TXSTSM||Will Johnson 32 yd FG|
|TXSTSM||Will Johnson 45 yd FG|
|HOU||Matt Hogan 37 yd FG|
|TXSTSM||Will Johnson 34 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||6-16||1-13|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||0-3|
|Kick Return Yds||78||73|
|Punt Return Yds||52||4|
|Time of Poss.||43:9||16:51|
|TXSTSM: Marcus Curry 14-131, Tim Gay 6-64, Shaun Rutherford 21-34, Terrence Franks 8-24, Isaiah Battle 2--1, Team 1--4|
|HOU: Charles Sims 13-77, Ryan Jackson 3-22, David Piland 5-11, Kenneth Farrow 2-5|
|TXSTSM: Shaun Rutherford 19-25-196-0|
|HOU: David Piland 17-44-211-1|
|TXSTSM: Isaiah Battle 5-75, Brandon Smith 3-35, Jafus Gaines 3-7, Marcus Curry 2-23, Chase Harper 2-19, David Lewis 1-14, Deche Milburn 1-10, Cody Matthews 1-7, Andy Erickson 1-6|
|HOU: Daniel Spencer 6-49, Larry McDuffey 2-73, Chance Blackmon 2-19, DeWayne Peace 2-13, Ronnie Williams 2-10, Kenneth Farrow 1-18, Mark Roberts 1-18, Charles Sims 1-11|
|Texas State||5th Western Athletic||2-4||4-8|
|Houston||3rd Conference USA West||4-4||5-7|