UTSA fell to 1-1 on the season with a 23-14 loss to Colorado State Saturday. Here are some thoughts from the game….
Missing Run Game
UTSA could not rush the ball vs Colorado State. The Roadrunners amassed negative one rushing yards Saturday. That includes sack yards. But even if it didn’t, UTSA's leading rusher was RB Jalen Rhodes, who put up a pedestrian 39 yards on 13 carries. RB Jarveon Williams appeared to be healthy during pregame warmups. However, he didn’t start. And he only ran six times netting 10 yards.
Colorado State amassed a staggering 116 rushing yards in the first quarter of the game. It was the second straight game that the Roadrunners struggled to stop an opposition’s run-game. Even though the defense shored things up later in the game, the lack of run defense early on has reared its head in two straight games to start the season.
Dalton Sturm was sharp to start the game. But as the game went on, the offense lacked rhythm. Jared Johnson was inserted into the in the third quarter. He led two drives into CSU territory but each of them ended on failed fourth down conversions. Johnson looked much more comfortable in than in the previous game. While neither QB played exceptionally well (Sturm did have two TDs in the first half), it will be interesting to see if and how this rotation continues.
Sacks and Pressure
One week after protecting the QB relatively well, UTSA’s offense line struggled. The unit gave up six sacks and various times in the second half there was tremendous pressure. It may have been just a bad day but between the struggles with the run game and now with pass protection, the play of the o-line will be critical for the Roadrunners moving forward.
Not Enough Plays
It wasn’t a bad game by UTSA. There weren’t any major mistakes or negative game changing plays. But at the end of the day, UTSA just didn’t make enough plays. Safety Jordan Moore had a pick six interception fall through his hands. And not converting on those two fourth down plays in CSU territory were likely the turning point of the game. UTSA needs more to win a game like Saturday’s.
Even with leaving so many plays on the field, it was a one score game for the better part of the entire second half. Had the defense been able to get one more stop, UTSA would have had an opportunity win. All things considered, that’s something UTSA can look to build on.