By JJ Perez
Reaction to UTSA’s 48-32 win over Southern Miss
Signature Win: In what may have been the most complete game UTSA has ever played, the Roadrunners outlasted arguably the best team in Conference USA Saturday. It was a near-perfect effort by UTSA who played well in all three phases of the game.
Big Plays: There was no shortage of big plays for the Roadrunners. They came early and often. The first came on the third play of the game when QB Dalton Sturm hit WR Kerry Thomas for a 71 touchdown pass. On the next possession Sturm hit WR Josh Stewart for a 77 yard pass that set up a Jarveon Williams TD. Later in the second quarter, RB Jalen Rhodes took a handoff and ran 80 yards for a touchdown.
Run-Game Wows: UTSA had a banner day rushing the ball. The ‘Runners combined for 339 rushing yards led by Jalen Rhodes 165 yards. The most impressive stat of the game, UTSA’s 9.7 yards per carry average. Credit to the much-criticized offensive line for playing their best game of the season.
Bend But Don’t Break D: UTSA’s defense gave up some points, and some yards Saturday vs a high-powered offense. But when the time came, they got off the field. Stops in the third and fourth quarter were instrumental in the win.
Finish, Finish, Finish: It’s been the message all week, play a complete 60 minute game. At times earlier in the season, UTSA struggled before halftime allowed opposing teams to creep back in to the game. That didn’t happen Saturday vs Southern Miss. And in the fourth quarter, UTSA held off a hard-charging Golden Eagles’ team.
Momentum-Building Opportunity: Games like this one don’t come along too long. No one gave UTSA a chance vs a good Southern Miss team. And all the Roadrunners do was shock all of Conference USA. UTSA now has an opportunity to use this win for propel themselves forward this season.
Post-Season Hopes Alive: UTSA improves their record to 2-3 overall. But more importantly the Roadrunners are 1-1 in Conference USA play. With six conference games remaining, everything is in play for UTSA moving forward.