Keys To Victory vs Rice
Contain the Rice Running Game
Rice’s running attack is the basis of their offense. Their three main RBs have combined to rush for over 1200 yards. Junior Darik Dillard is the catalyst of the trio but freshmen Austin Walter and Samuel Stewart each have had good seasons in their own right. In order for UTSA to be successful, the defensive line must answer the challenge of containing Rice’s running game.
Get Around 20 Jarveon Touches
Last week, UTSA RB Jarveon Williams touched the ball just once in the first of the game. In the second half, he ran it 18 times and exploded for a program-record in rushing yards. Good things happen when Williams touches the ball. If UTSA can consistently put the ball in his hands either on a rush or a pass catch out of the backfield, the offense will be successful.
Put Together an Entire Game in All Three Phases
Whether it be offense, defense, and/or special teams, we haven’t seen UTSA play a good two halfs of football in each phase all season long. One game the offense will struggle in the first half while the defense plays well but then in the second half things gets flipped (like in the Charlotte game). Rice enters the matchup with a 4-6 overall record and 2-4 conference record. With a shot at a bowl game still alive for them, UTSA will need to play a good for four full quarters to defeat the Owls.