UTSA beats North Texas

UTSA downed CUSA West Division rival North Texas 31-17 Saturday in the Alamodome. Some thoughts on the game.

Reaction to UTSA’s 31-17 win over North Texas Saturday nigh.

Sturm Leads The Way: QB Dalton Sturm had another nice game for the Roadrunners. The former walk-on was again efficient in the passing game going 10 for 19 for 142 yards with 2 touchdowns. What he also did well tonight was make smart plays. The stats won’t show it but his ability to create plays with his feet and have a general command of the offense is what UTSA needed.

Opportunistic Defense: It wasn’t the cleanest defensive game. North Texas made some plays and moved the ball (they actually out-gained UTSA.) But when the time came, the Roadrunner defense answered the bell time after time. There were three goal line stands that really shifted the momentum of the game in favor of UTSA. Add in the two interceptions and two fumble recoveries and I’m not sure you could have asked for a better effort from the defensive unit.

Fine Feast or Famine: North Texas QB Mason Fine made some good plays vs UTSA Saturday. But he also made some strange decisions that hurt the Mean Green. His fumble play as well as two inceptions were key in the ‘Runners coming away with the win.

No Blown Lead This Time: Last week vs North Texas, UTSA surrender a 14 point lead twice. Earlier in the season, the Roadrunners gave up a 16 point lead to Arizona State. As the game went to the fourth quarter, the Roadrunners were up by 17. UNT put together a drive and looked like they would score a touchdown. But the Roadrunner defense held, forcing UNT to a FG. On the next drive, UTSA drove down the field for a touchdown they would never look back from.

Rhodes With A Pair of TDs: Continuing to make his case to become UTSA’s feature RB, Jalen Rhodes the Roadrunners in rushing Saturday night. The Rowlett-native rushed the ball nine times for 74 yards with two touchdowns.

WR Trio Play Well: The WR trio of Josh Stewart, Marquez McNair, and Kerry Thomas combined to catch 10 passes for 142 yards with two touchdowns. The three paced UTSA’s air attack.

Post Season Hopes Alive: The win improves UTSA’s overall record to 4-4 and 3-2 in conference play. With two games remaining, the Roadrunners need two wins to become bowl eligible. It will still be an uphill climb with games vs MTSU, La Tech, Texas A&M, and Charlotte remaining. But for now, post season hopes are alive and well as UTSA travels to Middle Tennessee next week looking for an upset win on the road.


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