Game recap of UTSA’s 30-23 loss at North Texas:
Demoralizing Loss: North Texas snapped their 7 game losing streak and recorded their first win of the season Saturday night by downing UTSA in another close matchup between the two programs. UTSA is now 1-7 on the season and is eliminated from any possibility of post-season play.
Turnovers: Officially, UTSA was credited with just one turnover, a Jalen Rhodes fumble that was returned for a North Texas touchdown. This play was a critical turning point in the game for UTSA. But another fumble was also critical. With the ‘Runners in scoring position early in the fourth quarter facing a fourth and one situation, there was a fumble on the Center-QB exchange that was recovered by UTSA but forced a turnover on downs. Both plays were huge momentum swings against the ‘Runners.
Role Reversal: UTSA’s offense produced 475 total yards of offense, one of the better performances of the season. Their 31 total first downs tied a program record. Save for the two plays mentioned above, the offense played relatively well. UTSA’s defense, the stronger unit of the two all season long, struggled at times vs North Texas, especially with the run-defense. The Mean Green piled up 267 rushing yards, many of those coming after UTSA missed tackles.
Sturm Excels: Making his third-career start, Sophomore walk-on Dalton Sturm played one of his better games of the season. Sturm completed 27 of 41 passes for 245 yards with 1 touchdown. He also rushed for 73 yards. Generally, Sturm seemed the as comfortable in the offense as we’ve seen him all season.
Douglas Ejected: Early in the third quarter, LB Drew Douglas was ejected from the game on a personal foul penalty. During the game, the North Texas stat crew noted the infraction to be a targeting foul that was not reviewed. Replays showed that Douglas may have kicked a UNT player’s helmet. His availability for next week’s’ game is unknown. Usually when a player is ejected for a targeting and//or personal foul penalty in the second half of a game, they are suspended for the first half of the next game. UTSA’s defense sorely missed Douglas in the second half.
Williams Banged Up: Early in the second quarter, RB Jarveon Williams suffered an injury to his shoulder. He spent the entire second quarter getting treatment. Following halftime, Williams gave it a go. He carried the ball once and caught a pass out of the backfield but appeared to move very gingerly. He did not return to the game following those two plays.
Clay/Rhodes Duo: In Williams’ absence, UTSA relied heavily on Jalen Rhodes and Tyrell Clay. The two combined for 91 yards on 18 rushes. Clay scored his first touchdown of his career.
WRs Step Up: Kerry Thomas tied a program record with 9 receptions. His 75 yards receiving was a game-high for UTSA receivers. Thomas was injured at the end of the game after taking a big hit on the last drive of the game. Aaron Grubb also had a nice game grabbing 7 passes for 69 yards.