Fast Start: One of our keys to a UTSA victory was a fast start. Well, on the opening kickoff, true freshman Eric Banks forced a fumble that the Roadrunners would recover. Three plays later, QB Dalton Sturm hit WR Marquez McNair for a five yard touchdown pass.
Costly Turnovers: One of the areas of improvement UTSA will look to improve upon next week is turnovers. Three turnovers cost UTSA points Saturday. On the second possession of the game, RB Jarveon Williams was hit from behind and fumbled. Midway through the second quarter WR Marquez McNair was stripped as he made a move to get to the goal line. And in the third quarter, QB Dalton Sturm was intercepted at the two yard line. Each turnover further limited the flow of UTSA offense on the day.
Sturm Gets The Start: QB Dalton Sturm got the start Saturday over Jared Johnson. We did see Johnson in limited action. It will certainly be the talk of the coming week to see if there is now a cemented starter. For much of the game, the QB rotation was two offensive possessions for Sturm then one possession for Johnson. Sturm recorded a career-high 247 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Monster Game From Tauaefa: Redshirt Freshman Josiah Tauaefa played his first game as a Roadrunner and had a huge impact. Tauaefa recorded 13 total tackles that included nine solos and two sacks
Williams and McNair With Nice Games: Tight End Shaq Williams led all receivers Saturda for UTSA. Williams caught three passes for 63 yards, including a 51 yarder that set up a score. Juco transfer WR Marquez McNair made an impact in his first game as a Roadrunner. McNair caught three passes for 49 yards with one touchdown.
Defense Responds: After giving up a first quarter score that surrendered the lead, UTSA’s defense played well from then on limiting Alabama State to just a late score.
No Jarveon in the Second Half: Starting RB Jarveon Williams did not play in the second half of the game. There was no official word from UTSA during the game. Williams was seen standing on the sidelines without a helmet.
Special Teams Woes: UTSA place kicker Daniel Portillo missed two point after touchdown attempts. There was a muffed punt late in the game as well as a nearly botched onside kick recovery by the hands team.
Attendance: The announced attendance was 22,380. That is the lowest home-opening attendance in UTSA Football’s history but more than last season’s finale of 19,504.
New Era Begins: It wasn’t pretty. And there are a few issues heading into next week vs Colorado State. But there was and energy and excitement in the Alamodome that has been missing for two years. The Frank Wilson Era at UTSA has begun.