So close, but so far: UTSA gave a tough/gritty effort Saturday night vs Colorado State but just came up a little short. It wasn’t the cleanest game they’ve play but they limited mistakes. In the end, those mistakes ultimately cost them.
Out of range: It was fourth and 14 with 5:36 to play when UTSA called a timeout. Instead of attempting a go-ahead field goal attempt from 55 yards, UTSA decided to punt instead. Head Coach Larry Coker said following the game that 55 yards was out of kicker Daniel Portillo’s range. UTSA never got the ball back after they punted.
Two costly mistakes: Pinned in the shadows of their own endzone late in the first quarter, UTSA was flagged for a holding call. Because the penalty occurred in the endzone, the play resulted in a safety. The two points were the difference in the final score. Early in the third quarter with UTSA trailing by only one score, the ‘Runners put together a nice drive that looked like would result in some points. But QB Blake Bogenschutz threw a bad pass that was intercepted in the redzone. Colorado State would drive back down the field to extend their lead to two scores.
Jarveon with a record day: RB Jarveon Williams had a record day. The San Antonio-native set two program records when he rushed for an 85 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. That play is the single-longest running play in school history. Williams would finish the night with 175 yards on 13 carries with 2 touchdowns. The 175 yards is a program-record for most rushing yards in a single game.
Blocked Punt: Early in the second quarter, Safety Justin Chavez blocked Colorado State’s punt. Chavez recovered the punt at CSU’s 6 yard line. A few plays later, QB Blake Bogenschutz hit TE David Morgan for a touchdown. The blocked punt was just the second in UTSA’s program history.
Sturm in Action: Backup QB Dalton Sturm played in several plays in the game in almost a platooning fashion. He was limited to run-only plays only.
Morgan with another TD: Senior TE David Morgan caught his fifth-career touchdown pass when Bogenschutz hit him in the endzone for an 11 yard pass.
Taylors make plays: WRs Aron Taylor and JaBryce Taylor played well on Saturday. Aron, a San Antonio native, led UTSA in receiving with 4 catches for 69 yards. JaBryce made a nice move on his one catch and took it for 40 yards.
Nate the Great: Safety Nate Gaines had a career-high 11 tackles. Fighting an arm injury, Gaines played well all night long and seemed like he was involved in almost every play defensively. He did have an interception in the endzone that was negated due to a phantom pass inference penalty.
Questionable Calls: In addition to Gaines’ interception, there were several huge questionable calls that affected UTSA negatively. Bennett Okotcha was pushed off on a long touchdown pass. Punt returner Derrick Dick had a pair of plays that should have resulted in 15 yard penalties. He was tackled by the face mask and then suffered an unnecessary roughness penalty. Neither was called.
Dropped Passes: There weren’t many but the ones that did happen occurred on critical plays. Some of UTSA’s more sure-handed players had some issues. We saw drops from WR Kerry Thomas and TE David Morgan.
Colorado State is good: The CSU o-line played well vs UTSA. RB Jasen Oden rushed for 143 yards on 30 rushes. That was the difference in the game for the Rams. They controlled the line of scrimmage and the flow of the game, for the most part. QB Nick Stevens had a nice game completing 15 of 28 passes for 255 yards with 3 TDs. WR Rashard Higgins caught 5 passes for 103 yards and 1 TD.
Depleted by injuries: UTSA played Saturday without 10 key players, including 6 starters. The ‘Runners were without the following players: LB Drew Douglas, DE Marcus Davenport, LB Lakel Bass, S Chase Dahlquist, CB Trevor Baker, C Juan Perez-Isidoro, S Duke Wheeler, TE Triston Crossland, FB Halen Stewart, and WR Miles Lerch.
So long non-conference: UTSA finishes their 2015 non-conference schedule with an 0-4 record. UTSA opens Conference USA play next Saturday night at UTEP.