30-3 Loss: Instant Reaction
Instant reaction to UTSA’s 30-3 loss to Kansas State: - Too Many Penalties: UTSA was penalized way too many times in this game. Three penalties on their opening drive probably cost them a chance at a touchdown and a false start certainly had an affect on their on drive right before halftime where UTSA came away with nothing after being first and goal. - Not Enough Rushes: After a strong showing on their opening drive, UTSA got a little pass-happy and was never able to get back into a balance attack. We didn’t see much from RBs Jarveon Williams or Jalen Rhodes after strong games last week. - Too Many Long Ones: K-State QB Joe Hubener found too much success on several long passes. After looking a little shaky early on, Hubener settled down and was able to find get into a grove in the passing game. Hubener was very good in his first-career start. - No Pressure: One of our keys to victory was the battle of the K-State offensive line vs the UTSA defensive line. As the game wore on, the K-State o-line simply wore down the UTSA defense. It was a methodical attack that Kansas State is known for. - No Offensive Rhythm: The ‘Runners were chasing it all day long but they simply could not find a groove offensively. Their opening drive of the game seemed promising, but simply too many mistakes cost them. Even when they had it first and goal late in the first half, UTSA had a mistake there that pushed them back. The number of mistakes prevented any offensive flow. - The Bad Side of Up-Tempo: With no offensive rhythm, we saw today the bad-side of running a fast-paced offense. Kansas State dominated the time of possession in today’s game. - K-State is Good: Let’s not forget to give credit where credit is due. After a lackluster performance last week vs South Dakota, K-State came out and flexed their muscle. The Wildcats aren’t anyone’s trendy pick to win anything this season but they’re a very good football team. - Growing Pains: Sometimes you make mistakes because you’re outmatched. And sometimes you make mistakes because you simply don’t have the experience. UTSA was not out-classed in their loss to Kansas State today. But they did have too many mistakes that took them out of the game. While not all of those mistakes can't be blamed on youth and inexperience, a good amount can be traced to just that. That will be the theme for UTSA in 2015.
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