UTSA Football Keys to Victory vs UTEP:
CONTINUE TO RUN THE BALL
UTSA had their third-most rushing yards in program history with 279 yards last week vs Colorado State. Most of those yards came from RB Jarveon William, whose 175 yards was a program-record. Most of his yards came on an 85 yard TD rush. While Williams played well, he only rushed the ball13 times. His backup, Jalen Rhodes, carried the ball just 5 times. UTSA did slow the pace a bit so there weren’t a lot of plays in that game but the Roadrunner offense did make a concerted effort to commit to the run. In order for UTSA to continue to have success offensively, they need to continue to run the ball and get Williams and Rhodes more involved.
WIN THE BATTLE OF THE TRENCHES
A large part of UTSA’s success lies in the battle of the trenches. Defensively, UTSA has struggled to put pressure on opposing QBs. We’ve seen DT Kevin Strong emerge as a potential playmaker on the d-line. With DE Marcus Davenport’s availability uncertain, it’ll be up to the likes of Jason Neill, Brian Price, and Strong to make things happen. Offensively, UTSA is expected to have versatile OL Juan Perez-Isidoro back. With his ability to play every position on the line, his addition just boost the overall production of the o-line. After struggling on both sides of the trenches last week vs Colorado State, both of UTSAs lines need to play well for the ‘Runners to win.
The UTSA defense has forced just two turnovers in this 2015 season. The ‘Runners forced a fumble vs Arizona and Kansas State. They haven’t intercepted a pass. Through four games, that’s slim pickens. There have been some close calls. Last week, Safety Nate Gaines made what would have been a game-changing interception in the endzone, but the play was negated due to a questionable pass interference call. In order for UTSA to increase their chances of winning, the defense will need to make more of these game-changing plays.