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Keys to a UTSA victory over Middle Tennessee
FORCE THOSE TURNOVERS
UTSA forced a season-high four turnovers vs North Texas last week. The turnovers were two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. While it isn’t logical to expect such a high number of turnovers every game, winning the turnover battle has been key for the Roadrunners the season. So much so that Head Coach Frank Wilson has dedicated an entire practice day (Turnover/No-Turnover Wednesday) to winning the turnover battle. For the ‘Runners to have success vs MTSU, UTSA will need create turnovers.
UTSA’s defense is coming off one of their better games as far as pressuring the opposing quarterback. The Roadrunners recorded four sacks and two QB hurries and generally made the pocket uncomfortable for North Texas QB Mason Fine. The ‘Runners, however, have been up and down this season when it comes to getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. With a more poised and experience QB waiting for them in Murfeesboro, UTSA will need to try to bring some pressure to have a chance. A good day for UTSA Saturday starts upfront on defense.
Middle Tennessee boasts one of the more prolific offenses in Conference USA. The Blue Raiders are nationally ranked in several offensive statistical categories. UTSA’s offense will be charged with keeping up with them and a huge part of that responsibility will fall on the shoulders of QB Dalton Sturm. The former walk-on has been very efficient the last few weeks. He’s done a good job of commanding the offense while making minimal mistakes. In a game like this week’s, however, UTSA will need him to step up and make plays on the ground and through the air for the Roadrunners to be successful.