La Tech Outlasts UTSA Saturday in Ruston

UTSA dropped to 5-5 overall and 4-3 in CUSA play with a 63-35 loss to La Tech. Some thoughts on the game.

By JJ Perez

 - Ruston, LA

Too Much La Tech: The Bulldogs showed Saturday why they are one of the top teams in Conference USA. La Tech played extremely well from the outset and never let up. At one point in the first half the Bulldogs scored 28 unanswered points. At the end of the first half, UTSA would cut their lead to 21 points and have the ball to start the third quarter, but the Roadrunners couldn’t get much offense going and La Tech continued to play well. Overall, the Bulldogs just looked bigger, stronger, and faster than the Roadrunners. This day, La Tech was the better team and showed it.

Inconsistent Offense: UTSA took their first offensive drive of the game 87 yards in 13 plays for a score. After that, the Roadrunners would have four straight scoreless possessions. Meanwhile, La Tech would score touchdowns in each of their offensive possessions. Simply stated, UTSA’s offense could not keep up with La Tech.

Turnover Battle: UTSA’s recipe for success over the last month has been winning the turnover battle. It’s been a huge emphasis in practice and the results have show in prior games. But Saturday in Ruston, UTSA did not force any turnovers. There was one interception in the third quarter by Teddrick McGhee who returned it down to the Bulldogs’ goal line. But it was negated by an offsides penalty.

Too Many Penalties: UTSA’s margin for error in a game like this one very small. The Roadrunners were flagged nine times for 92 yards. Some of those penalties killed some of the Roadrunners’ drives, especially early in the game. For UTSA to win a game like this, they needed to play a much cleaner game.

Post Season Hopes Still Alive: Saturday’s loss means that competing for the Conference USA Championship is no longer in the picture. But UTSA’s hopes for post-season play is still alive. With two games remaining, the ‘Runners need just one win to become bowl eligible. UTSA faces Texas A&M next week in College Station and complete the 2016 regular season at home vs Charlotte. 

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