Initial thoughts from UTSA’s 34-31 Loss to La Tech.
Heart-Breaker: UTSA hung tough against another heavily-favored opponent. More than just being in it for most of the game, UTSA was a handful of plays away from a win. But La Tech executed just enough in the critical moments of the fourth quarter to squeak out the win on a 32 yard field goal. Another close one.
Sturm Ties TD Record: It’s started as bad as one could imagine for QB Dalton Sturm. The Goliad-native made his first start as a Roadrunner and threw two interceptions that early in the game that led to La Tech points. But after halftime, Sturm settled in and found a groove. He would finish the game with 227 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. The 4 touchdowns tie a three year old program record.
Sturm Toughs It Out, Preserves Harris’ Redshirt: After his second interception, Sturm limped off the field and looked as though he would have miss the next drive. After a quick defensive stand by UTSA, true freshman Manny Harris sprinted out on the field and was just moments away from burning his redshirt. At that point, UTSA used a timeout, Sturm (who was getting his ankle taped) jumped off the trainer table and trotted out on to the field. Sturm took several big shots throughout the course of the game but never came out. Following the game, as he limped onto the podium for post-game interviews, he commented that he was hurt and not injured.
Pass-Defense Porous: After playing well to start the game, UTSA’s defense struggled down the stretch, specifically with their pass defense. La Tech QB Jeff Driskel had a huge day going 28 for 44 for 351 yards with one TD. The 351 yards are the third most UTSA has ever given up in program history. Many of those yards came on third down. La Tech converted 8 of 16 on third down.
Non-Existent Run Game: RB Jarveon Williams had a tough day. He rushed 16 times for 27 yards and could just never really get it going. UTSA was held to just 73 yards rushing. La Tech forced UTSA to pass the ball by keying in on Williams. RB Jalen Rhodes did not carry the ball at all. FB Halen Steward had his first-career rush.
Big Day For Morgan: Senior TE David Morgan had another huge day. The Marble Falls-native caught 9 passes for 85 yards with two touchdowns. The 9 receptions ties a program record he set earlier in the season. His scores were career-touchdowns numbers six and seven for him.
Taylor Breaks Loose: WR JaBryce Taylor started his first game as a Roadrunner and made the most of his time. Taylor caught three passes for 99 yards with two touchdowns. His two scores came on simple slants where he just out-ran everyone endzone.
Two Defensive Interceptions: UTSA’s defense continued their play-making ways on Saturday by picking off two passes. The first came when CB Trevor Baker jumped a route and beat La Tech WR to the ball. The second came when S Michael Egwuagu snatched the ball out of the air. Both interceptions set up UTSA scores.
Wheeler Steps Up: Making his second start at Rover Safety, Duke Wheeler had a good game defensively. The East Texas-native recorded 15 total tackles (10 solo and 5 assisted). His 15 total tackles was just one short of tying the program record.