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A World of Hurt

The reaction by die hard UTSA fans was harsh after the game, but well deserved by a team that had an offensive output of  just 1 first down rushing and 1 first down passing in the entire game. That's just goes with the territory. To watch this game was painful for all who attended, as the UT system “sister school” of UTEP completely embarassed the once thought to be “championship bound” UTSA Roadrunners, 34-0 in front of a crowd of nearly 32,000 orange and blue clad fans.

While it was a terrible game for the Roadrunners it was also a horrible experience for the die hard Runner fans. The insult to injury was that the UTEP fans who had on the same colors were very vocal in the crowd and just laid it on the UTSA fans during and after the game.

The Roadrunners might as well have been playing Alabama as they were held to 70 (yes, seven, zero) total yards on offense! The defense wasn' t much better as they gave up 351 total yards to a bottom feeding Conference team that had not won a conference game on the road for almost 2 years. This was the first time UTSA had been shut out in a game. It happens, but this season? This loss hurt.

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It wasn't where UTSA wanted to be!

The play of this year's Roadrunner team was not expected. But in hindsight it was very possible. Especially after Senior Eric Soza graduated and Redshirt Sophomore Zach Conque tranferred to SFA to join his father who got the coaching job there last year.

And just like that, the 2014 team was expected to be led to a Conference Championship by a Red-Shirt Senior with very little D-1 experience or a Red-shirt freshman with no experience. Both who battled in the spring to replace Eric Soza, who only ran the team for 4 straight years, if you include the first year of their existence when they didn't play a game.

So with blind adoration of a team that went 5-0 in their last five games of the 2013 season, the expectation of winning a Championship and going to a bowl game seemed to be a “given” for the Roadrunners in 2014. To both players and fans alike.

Reality Sucks

So with the season now at 2-6 for the year and no expectations of getting to a bowl game at this point, can't we just appreciate what it's like to have high expectations? Can we acknowledge the fact that last year's success was due to and experienced QB in Eric Soza who knew how to run the offense and to the element of surprise as the competiton did not know how good UTSA really was. Now everyone knows what the Roadrunners are and they are all well prepared for it.

The Roadrunners have great players at a couple of positions on both sides of the ball. What they need are great players at all positions on the field and this will only come with recruiting. As a matter of fact the Roadrunners have undoubtedly recruited better players at almost every position in the last two years.

But if UTSA wants a winning team for the next two years they need to get talent from the JUCO ranks. If they plan to improve right away. This will also give the younger talent time to get better and grow physically.

Our Team Our Town

Who did you have to root for 5 years ago? The Cowboys and Texans? The Longhorns and Aggies? Three of the four have been shut out this year. This UTSA team has had a lot of success up to this point but they are still an infant in college sports. They will be “Conference Champs” one day.  Not today. Not this year.

But as the Roadrunner faithful, we must learn to love the process and not be so impatient to think that creating a championship caliber program is so easy that even a school like UTSA can do it... in just 4 short years.

Up Next: at Rice on November 8th.
 

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