Tough day for Bogie: Redshirt freshman Blake Bogenschutz had the worst game in his young career. Not only did he fumble twice, he was also intercepted twice. Each of those turnovers cost UTSA dearly, especially since it was so early on in the game. In the second quarter, Bogenschutz was benched in favor of third string QB Dalton Sturm, coach’s decision.
Backs against the wall: The UTSA Hard Hat Defense played relatively well to start the game, considering that the turnovers put them in a bad spot. But once Oklahoma State settled in, the Cowboys were able to move the ball almost at will. The defense did play well at times but once OSU went with their no-huddle attack, UTSA was on their heels for the most part. The total points allowed were the most UTSA has given up, ever.
Turnovers: UTSA’s seven turnovers tied a program-record for the most in a single game. One of the more concerning stats is that all eight of UTSA’s turnovers this season has directly led to opponents’ points. On Saturday, UTSA gave up 45 points off turnovers.
The Cowboys are legit: Maybe they didn’t need any help with all of the turnovers but credit Oklahoma State. Their offense capitalized on every opportunity that UTSA gave them and they were very sound defensively.
Backup QB sees action: Walk-on Dalton Sturm entered the game in the second quarter. Although he looked good in relief duty, his insertion into the line up did little to provide a scoring punch. Interesting development that Senior Transfer Russell Bellomy did not see action until the fourth quarter.
Grubb leads receivers: For the second straight game, Aaron Grubb had another good day. The La Vernia-native led all receivers in catches.
Dick sees more action: True Freshman Derrick Dick saw the most action of his career on Saturday. Not only was he involved in the return game, but he caught his first career pass and also ran the ball once.
Walking wounded: Although it would have likely affected the outcome of the game, UTSA was without a number of key players. The following players were out: LB Drew Douglas, FB Halen Stewart, LB Lakel Bass, TE Triston Crossland, WR Aron Taylor, CB Trevor Baker, and C Juan Perez-Isidoro.
Still Lacking Execution: Although much will be made of the four early turnovers that all led to OSU points, UTSA had several areas they still lacked in execution that could have helped keep the game more competitive. With one non-conference game remaining before CUSA play begins at UTEP, UTSA still needs to work on their execution is several areas.