By JJ Perez
CONTINUE RUSHING THE BALL
The last two games, UTSA’s run game has found it’s groove. The offensive line has come together and played well. Rice run’s a four-down lineman defensive front. And they’re big. The battle in the trenches will be key in this game. If UTSA is able to control the line of scrimmage, they’ll be able to run the ball efficiently. That should lead to success.
Dalton Sturm’s two pass-plays of 70+ yards last week certainly got things going early last week for the Roadrunners. While it’s not feasible to expect those types of plays every game, what UTSA needs to do is keep this mindset and stay aggressive offensively. Rice may try to take away UTSA’s run game and force the Roadrunners to go to the air. Sturm and UTSA’s wide receivers will need be ready to make the plays when the opportunities present themselves.
AVOID A LET DOWN
On paper, Rice is an inferior opponent. The Owls have struggled mightily this season and their 0-5 record is a reflection of that. For UTSA, the Roadrunners are coming off a huge upset win and seem to have momentum in their favor. But there’s a reason you play the games because “on paper” doesn’t mean anything. Any given Saturday, any team can beat another (see UTSA vs Southern Miss last week). The Roadrunners must to learn to be able to handle success. It starts with a focused mentality and not taking Rice lightly.