UTSA opens their home schedule Saturday in the Alamodome. InsideRunnerSports lists our keys to victory.
Keys To Victory vs Kansas State
Don’t Abandon the Run
Kansas State is stout upfront. Look for the Wildcats to stack up against the run. It will be important for UTSA to continue to get RBs Jarveon Williams and Jalen Rhodes touches. A large part of UTSA’s passing success last week vs Arizona was the fact that they were able to have an established rushing attack. Williams and Rhodes combined to rush for 145 yards on 38 carries, that’s more than a 4 yards per rush average. While it’s hard to expect that type of production week-in week-out, for UTSA the running game sets up the passing game. Kansas State is going to try to take that away. UTSA will need to remain discipline in play calling so that they ensure they have a balanced rush/pass attack.
Pin The Ears Back
The Hard Hat Defense needs to get after it. After a strong performance in Tucson, the unit needs to make K-State QB Joe Huebner’s first career- start a rough one. The responsibility falls on the front seven, specifically the defensive line. Although UTSA officially only recorded one sack last week, they were stout against the run themselves and did record 5 tackles for loss. K-State is going to try to pound the ball in between the tackles. UTSA has the players to compete. The battle in the trenches between the K-State O-line and UTSA D-line will have a large impact on the outcome of this game.
Avoid Back-Breaking Mistakes
Obviously turnovers are huge in every game. But last week in Arizona, UTSA had huge game-changing plays go against them. Not only was there an interception, but it was returned for a touchdown. Not only was there a fumble, but that was also returned for a touchdown. Not only did a penalty bring back a big kick off return, it negated what would have been a momentum-changing score. Mistakes and turnovers happen in games. But in order for UTSA to upset Kansas State, the ‘Runners will have to play a clean game and avoid these types of back-breaking / negative game-changing plays.