UTSA Upsets MTSU 45-25

UTSA shocked Middle Tennessee Saturday in Murfeesboro winning 45-25. Here are some thoughts on the game.

UTSA improved to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in CUSA play with an upset win over MTSU. Here are some thoughts from the game:

Fast Start: UTSA jumped out to a 28-7 lead in the second quarter. The Roadrunners had everything going on offense, defense and special teams. There were some a very tense moments in the second half, including several possessions where UTSA and MTSU traded turnovers in the third quarter, but in the end the Roadrunners would never surrender that lead. UTSA’s 45-point game is the highest scoring road game in program history.

Turnover Battle: Turnovers have been an emphasis under first-year Head Coach Frank Wilson. UTSA even dedicates a specific day of the week to focus on this (turnover/no-turnover Wednesday). On Saturday, UTSA turned over MTSU four times (three interceptions and one fumble). Each turnover was key in UTSA’s win.

Banner Day for Williams: RB Jarveon Williams had a terrific outing for the Roadrunners. The San Antonio-native recorded 109 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns. It was one of Williams’ better games this season.

Battle of the Trenches: UTSA dominated the battle of the trenches. The Roadrunner offensive line helped produced 270 yards of rushing offense. They also provided ample protection for the QB Dalton Sturm. Defensively, the Roadrunners d-line had a solid effort as well. The ‘Runners defense recorded six tackles for loss including five sacks.

Third Down Conversions: A huge factor in UTSA’s win was that the Roadrunners played extremely well on third down. It was key for UTSA all day long. All told, the ‘Runners converted on 11 of 19 third downs.

Stockstill Injury: In the second quarter, UTSA DT Baylen Baker made a big-time sack on MTSU QB Brent Stockstill, who came up favoring his shoulder after the play. He did not return. Stockstill’s injury was a major factor in slowing the Blue Raiders’ offense.

Bowl Hopes Are Real: With three games remaining on the schedule, UTSA greatly improved their chances for post season play with this upset win over MTSU. With five wins on the board, the Roadrunners must now win one of the final three games to become bowl eligible. Additionally, with a 4-2 CUSA record, UTSA is still squarely in the mix for the West Division crown. 

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