Mistakes Offset Record-Setting Night

UTSA would set several offensive records in Thursday night’s 42-32 loss to Arizona. But key several mistakes would end up costing them.

It started off as inauspicious as one could imagine. On his first pass of the game, in just his second-career start, QB Blake Bogenschutz’s throw to the left was intercepted by Arizona and returned 22 yards for a touchdown.

On the ensuing kick off, true freshman returner Brett Winnegan would find a seam and burst down the field for what appeared to be a game-tying score. But a block below the waist penalty negated the score. The troubles would be a foreshadowing of things to come.

After a few rocky series to start the game, Bogenschutz and the new up-tempo offense would settle into a groove. On the third drive of the game, the ‘Runners drove 77 yards in 17 plays and entered the Arizona redzone. But Daniel Portillo’s 33 yard FG attempt would sail wide left and UTSA came up emptied handed. Later in the game, Portillo would miss another field goal and a point after touchdown attempt.

“We thought we had our chances,” Head Coach Larry Coker said. “We really had some breakdowns in special teams. I honestly thought our special teams would play better than they played tonight.”

The trouble wasn’t only on special teams. UTSA’s offense gave up two turnovers that led to scores. In additional to Bogenschutz’s pick six, WR Aaron Grubb was stripped of the ball tyring to dive for extra yardage. Arizona would scoop and score the fumble.

“They had two turnovers for touchdowns and that’s a nail in the coffin; that’s something you can’t overcome,” said Coker.

Bogenschutz echoed Coker’s remarks saying: “I think we had a lot of opportunities. We had our chances to pull out that ball game.”

Despite the costly mistakes, UTSA stayed within striking distance of Arizona for most of the night. The main reason for that was a record-setting offensive night.

Bogenschutz broke the school record for most passing yards in a single game (332) and total offense in a single game (369). For the night he finished 25 for 43 passing.

“I think there’s a lot we could have done better,” said Bogenschutz. “You learn from your mistakes.

Bogenschutz also threw for his first two touchdowns of his career.

“It’s something that I’ve been waiting on for a long time,” Bogenschutz said about his touchdown pass. “I knew it had to come eventually but it really did feel good.”

TE David Morgan also had a career night. The Marble Falls-native set the school-record for the most number of catches in a game with 9. Morgan’s 109 receiving yards was a career high for him. He also caught his fourth touchdown pass in his career.

Despite the loss, Coach Coker says there are lessons to be learned from this game.

“We will learn from this,” said Coker. “There’s a lot to learn from this game. We have a little extra time until our next game to learn from this game. I do see a lot of opportunity moving forward.”

UTSA next plays Kansas State next Saturday in the home-opener.


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