UTSA played very well Saturday in the most hostile environment they’ve ever been in. And more than hanging tough with a nationally ranked team, the Roadrunners had the Aggies on their heels a little bit. Especially in that third quarter when UTSA put together several drives and even out-gained Texas A&M offensively. But the ‘Runners were only able to score three points in that critical third quarter and that was the difference in the game.
INJURIES AND THE RUN GAME
UTSA was without their two top centers, Austin Pratt and Juan Perez-Isidoro. Both missed the game with injuries. The Roadrunners’ leading rusher Jalen Rhodes also did not play. Rhodes was dressed but was battling a bruised shoulder and wasn’t inserted into the lineup. UTSA struggled to get their run game going and these players missing was a major factor in that.
DEFENSE STEPS UP
It was a bend but break effort from UTSA’s defense. The Roadrunners held A&M’s high-powered offense to just 23 points which allowed UTSA to remain within striking distance for much of the game. DE Marcus Davenport led the way with 11 total tackles including 1.5 tackles for a lost and fumble recovery.
After a few stagnant offensive possessions, QB Dalton Sturm was relieved in favor of backup Jared Johnson. Following the game, Head Coach Frank Wilson said the plan was to let Sturm "exhale" and gett Johnson some time. But once the graduate transfer got in, he was sharp and directed UTSA’s offense to a score. Wilson stuck with Johnson for the remainder of the game. After the game, Wilson said he did not know if Johnson would play next week vs Charlotte.
WIN OR STAY HOME
Saturday’s loss to Texas A&M means that UTSA will need a win in the season-finale vs Charlotte to earn a bowl berth. Charlotte isn’t a push over by any means. And the Roadrunners aren’t exactly rolling as they’ve lost two straight. But there are several positives UTSA can take away their loss against the Aggies. With post season on the line, UTSA’s next and final game now becomes their biggest one.