UTSA Drops Heartbreaker to ASU

Reaction to UTSA’s 32-28 loss to Arizona State.

UTSA fell to Arizona State Friday night in the Alamodome. Here are quick thoughts on the game.

So Close
One day, UTSA is going to win a close game against a Power Five Conference school. It was almost Friday night vs Arizona State. UTSA played well, didn’t make many mistakes, and had some breaks go their way. But in the end, Arizona State did just enough to escape with a win. It’s a heartbreaking loss for UTSA, who were so close to a program-defining victory.

Muffed Punts
UTSA’s punt coverage team recovered two muffed punts on the night. Matt Bayliss and Aneas Henricks recovered the fumbles. Both plays would setup UTSA touchdowns that were critical in the game.

Defense Wears Down
Credit UTSA’s defense for playing an outstanding game, but at the end of the third quarter and through the fourth quarter, Arizona State just wore them down. At one point, the Sun Devils had scored on three of four positions. In fact, ASU would score 20 unanswered points to pull out the game.

Offense Plays Well, Run Game Struggles
QB Dalton Sturm played another good game for UTSA. The signal-caller had 229 passing yards with three TDs. He also added 82 rushing yards. And overall, UTSA had 322 total yards. But the rest of UTSA’s run game was non-existent. That’s the second straight game we’ve seen that.

Big-Time Crowd & Energy
An announced crowd of 29,035 rocked the Alamodome for most of the night Friday. The atmosphere easily rivaled any CUSA school. UTSA’s students also came out and supported the team. It was as big and loud of a crowd we’ve seen the last few years. 

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