Ending With A Win, 34-27

Tucker Carter would have a career day and senior running back Brandon Armstrong would run in for the go ahead score as UTSA outlasted North Texas on Saturday afternoon.

With the contest all tied up at 27 in the 4th quarter, UTSA would turn to it's ground game for the difference. On a 1st and 10 from the UNT 21, UTSA would go with a speed option to the short side of the field. As Tucker Carter was about to get hit, he made the perfect pitch to Brandon Armstrong hitting him in stride and the rest was history. Armstrong would turn the corner untouched and found the end zone after 21 yards to put the 'Runners up for good, 34-27.

Senior QB Tucker Carter made his last start for UTSA a memorable one. He finished with a career high of 277 passing yards on 18 of 29 passing for a pair of touchdowns, and another score on the ground. Both touchdown passes were impressive, hitting the bullseye on posts to Kenny Bias and Marcellus Mack, from 39 and 24 yards out respectively.

The rushing game also had it's season's best performance with 175 yards, bettering their production from the Southern Miss contest. Senior Running Back David Glasco nearly hit the century mark in his final game, netting 99 yards on 15 carries and a score. He finished with a meaty 6.6 yards per carry average.

UTSA would capitalize on UNT's only turnover of the game, in order to seal the deal. The Mean Green defense would hold UTSA to a punt with just over 2 minutes remaining and it would take a UNT bounce. Gunner, Zac Whitfield would try to scoop the ball up, but would muff it with no other UNT player around. UTSA wide-out Marcellus Mack would pounce on the ball and the 'Runners would pick up one more 1st down on the ensuing drive to end it.

Credit to the Mean Green who would battle back and not go away. Trailing 27-12 with 10:05 to go in the 3rd quarter, North Texas would reel off two straight touchdowns, including the game tying 2-point conversion which would knot the game up at 27 all. On the day, UNT would rack up 437 yards of total offense.

Along with his go ahead score, senior tailback Brandon Armstrong had a good all around showing for the 'Runners with 94 all purpose yards, 67 on the ground, to go with his score.

Defensively, UTSA had several key 3rd down holds against UNT. Two muffed punts would lead to excellent field position for the Mean Green, but the defense would hold on both occasions as North Texas would have to settle for field goals. In only one half of play, Mike Egwuagu (So.) would lead the 'Runners with 8 tackles.

In it's final game of the season, UTSA's offense showed what was supposed to be the high octane potency expected of it with a balanced rushing attack, and a vertical passing game. A season of injuries, adversity and unfulfilled expectations now come to an end with the win. UTSA closes the 2014 campaign 4-8 (3-5) in C-USA play and will now break until spring ball in the coming months.

Talk about our "Game Recap" in the RUNNERNATION forum

Inside Runner Sports Top Stories