See Saw Fourth Quarter: UTSA scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter to take the lead 31-30 lead. But Old Dominion responded with a quick-strike touchdown to take a 36-31 lead. UTSA would have one last chance to win the game, but QB Dalton Sturm’s third and fourth down passes sailed high as ODU escaped with the win.
UTSA Surrenders Early Lead: UTSA scored two touchdowns in their first three offensive possessions to start the game. The 14 points was a season high for offensive in the first quarter. But in the second quarter, Old Dominion dominated the time of possession and took a 16-14 lead they would never look back from.
Defense Struggles: Old Dominion QB David Washington had a field day for the Monarchs. UTSA’s defense struggled to contain him and the offense all night long. The 548 yards was the most UTSA has given up all season.
Special Teams Woes: There wasn’t many mistakes by UTSA but there were two on special teams. UTSA muffed a punt early in the first quarter, however that turnover didn’t turn into points for ODU. But in the second quarter, ODU recovered a squib kick and turned it to a touchdown that would be the difference in the game.
Offense Gets Going: UTSA put up 424 yards of total offense and scored 31 points. QB Dalton Sturm had 252 yards on 25 for 37 passing with three touchdowns. UTSA players rushed for 141 yards and two carries. Typically, that would have been enough offense but not on a night when Old Dominion’s offense appeared unstoppable at times.