By JJ Perez
Barn-Burner: It wasn’t pretty. And it was probably a little more dramatic than it should have been, but UTSA did just enough to outlast Rice Saturday night to earn their first win at Rice Stadium. The game did not go without tense moments. Rice made a late fourth quarter push to try to take the lead but a 42 yard field goal was wide-right and the ‘Runners held.
Stewart In Rare Company: Dalton Sturm hooked up with WR Josh Stewart for a pair of touchdowns in the first half. Stewart became just the sixth roadrunner to catch two touchdowns in a game. The plays spurred UTSA ahead in the first half.
Special Teams Continue To Be Special: Early in the second quarter, Rice muffed a punt at their own 27 yard line. Jacolbie Butler would recover. One play later, UTSA would score on a touchdown pass from Sturm to Stewart. That was the fifth special teams turnover for UTSA this season. They have scored on each turnover (four touchdowns and one field goal)
Defense Stout After Rocky Start: Rice took the game’s opening drive 75 yards for the game’s first score. But after that, UTSA’s defense shored up. The ‘Runners would hold the Owls to just 51 yards in the remainder of the second half and continue to play well in the second half to hold on to the victory.
Run-Game Solid: After a lackluster first half running the ball, UTSA got their ground game going later in the game. RB’s Jalen Rhodes and Javeon Williams combined for 119 rushing yards on the night.
Williams Becomes All-Time Leading Rusher: Late in the second quarter, Senior RB Jarveon Williams became UTSA’s all-time leading rusher. With his 40 yards, Willimas now has 1.786 all-time rushing yards.
Building Momentum: It wasn’t UTSA’s best effort of the season. And at times it wasn’t pretty. But the Roadrunners got it done in a division conference game on the road. UTSA has now won two games in a row and has some momentum headed into next week’s homecoming game vs UTEP.