HOUSTON - The University of Houston football team suffered a 30-13 setback at the hands of Texas State in Saturday's season opener in front of 32,207 fans at Robertson Stadium.
Texas State's Marcus Curry rushed for 131 yards and two scores while Shawn Rutherford was 18-of-24 for 189 yards and a touchdown.
Texas State jumped ahead early as Curry caught a 21-yard pass from Rutherford to cap an eight-play, 65-yard drive.
The Cougars countered with a 50-yard field goal from Matt Hogan, matching his career high from 2009, but the Bobcats quickly answered on the first play of the next drive when Curry broke free for a 73-yard touchdown scamper to increase the Texas State advantage to 14-3 midway through the opening quarter.
Houston again cut into the Bobcat lead late in the first quarter when Piland found Larry McDuffey across the middle, racing 64 yards to the end zone on his first-career play from scrimmage.
Curry struck again with a two-yard touchdown run to cap a 10-play drive for the Bobcats, and Texas State added two field goals to put the Cougars in a 27-10 hole at the half.
After the Houston defense forced a punt to open the second half, the Cougars marched down the field before Piland's pass was intercepted in the endzone to halt the drive.
The Cougars continued to play stellar defense after the break, limiting the Bobcats to just one rushing yard in the third quarter, but the offense couldn't find a rhythm as the clock wound down.
Daniel Spencer led all receivers with six grabs for 49 yards, while McDuffey had two catches that totaled a team-best 73 yards.
Derrick Mathews anchored the defense with 14 tackles and a career-best two sacks, while Steward also tallied 14 stops and a sack.
The Cougars return to action to face Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m., Saturday at Robertson Stadium.