The significance of what’s on the line Saturday afternoon in Ruston, LA isn’t lost on Head Coach Frank Wilson .
“We anticipate what’s at stake,” Wilson said following Wednesday’s practice. “They’re trying to secure themselves to win the conference championship.”
For UTSA, one more win woeuld make them bowl eligible for the first time in program history and also position themselves to play for the west division crown. The message that the Roadrunners have harped on all season long is that the biggest game, however, is the next game. That’s something LB La’Kel Bass went back to Wednesday.
“It’s the biggest game because it’s the next one,” Bass said. “We just have to go out Saturday and make plays.”
In addition to what’s on the line in regarding potential post-season possibilities, Saturday is also La Tech’s homecoming. So UTSA is expecting a hostile environment .
“Coach Holtz sent out a rally cry. Going by what he said, they’re excited about being back home,” Wilson said. “We anticipate a loud crowd.”
A huge key in last week’s upset over Middle Tennessee was the Roadrunners play on ‘third down. That was one of the areas of emphasis UTSA worked on at Wednesday’s practice.
“We have to play well on third down,” Wilson said. “They’re very good on third down. Last week we preformed well. We’ll need that same type of effort and production on that down.”
A usual UTSA practice on Wednesday is called Turnover-Wednesday for the offense, and No-Turnover-Wednesday for the defense. Wilson says winning the turnover battle has been key for his team.
“We were plus two today,” Wilson said of the practice turnover battle. “We’ll need to create turnovers defensively and secure the ball offensively.”
UTSA continues to have relatively good health. Of the players on the two-deep depth chart, only OT Jevonte Domond is battling an injury that Coach Wilson characterized as minor in nature.
“Because we’ve developed quality depth, it’s prevented us from having any major injuries because we’ve kept fresh bodies in the game,” Wilson said about his team’s health.
Kickoff for UTSA vs La Tech in Ruston is set for 2:30pm Saturday.