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TURNING HOUSTON RED

The UTSA Roadrunners gave up (away) 7 points in the last minutes of the game after playing a a stellar defensive game against a Houston team that was expected to be one of the top offensive teams in the country. All throughout the fourth quarter the shock began to set in as the ESPN cameras scanned over the empty seats and showed what was left of the dejected Houston fans. Red was seen not only on the faces of the Houston fans in the form of embarassment, anger and paint but also in the faces of some Houston coaches who looked red with stress as the clock ticked away. 

But “red” was also the theme on the field as the UTSA Roadrunners came out and “punch Houston in the mouth” and kept on punching for 4 quarters . One could argue this was an upset on the same scale as the shocker in South Carolina by another Texas team but this is by far the biggest upset victory for this UTSA program to date.
 
Coach Coker told reporters after the game “Its amazing where we are. Three years ago we barely had a team and we started out with three coaches. Now, we're in the fourth season playing in Division 1 football against a team like Houston at home and winning. Even last year, with wins over North Texas and Tulane so I ask you, is this our biggest win so far? I think it is. Theres more big ones to come, hopefully.” After watching UTSA in this game, we know there will be.

 

DOMINANT D

The entire UTSA Defense dominated this Houston Cougar team. The Secondary settled down early after giving up a couple of passes to NFL bound WR Deontay Greenbury and then followed up with a couple of interceptions. The bend but don't break play of the UTSA secondary began to pay off against some of the best receivers, not only in the AAC but in the country as coverage was tight and the defensive line began to pressure QB John O' Korn consistently. The front four and linebackers once again showed (why we feel) they will be a top 20 defensive unit in the country, especially against the run.

“This UTSA defense pummeled the Houston quarterback and running backs by holding them to MINUS 26 yards total rushing and 234 yards passing on 25 of 50 with 4 interceptions.”  

 

STANDOUTS

Carter 0 …..O'Korn 4 - This game is just a glimpse of why Carter will lead this team to a Bowl Game this year. Carter did not turn the ball over or make any bad plays. He will have better statistical games but this stat was key in all of UTSA's losses to date.

RB Jarveon Williams-  Williams looks like he is going to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. He's going to be special and you can see that as he tears throught the line of scrimmage with a different burst of speed than the Roadrunners have had at the RB position.

The Offensive LineLeonard, Cavanaugh, Rion, Harris and Inskeep played huge. They came out and  mauled some Cougar ass. None played bigger than OT  Jordan Gray who filled in for an injured Josh Walker. The now beefed up OT was a high school QB and TE and has found a home on the offensive line  as a tackle where he has done a phenomenal job!!

Defense- What a shutdown Defense this was against a good Houston team! The whole defensive side deserves recognition for their play but here are a couple who we thought stood out. LB Dalton Miller, DE Jason Neil, DT Ashaad Mabry, Ferrington Macon, Richard Burge, Brian Price and CB Bennett Okotcha.

 

WHO IS THAT?

I know what you were thinking...
As the game was winding down and Houston had some of their second team on the field, you were thinking “Why would Larry Coker allow freshman and sophomores on the field in the final two minutes giving the opposition the chance to score their lone touchdown?” We want a shutout!

I know I wanted blood too. But I see that this valuable game experience is now going to be the norm for the talent that come to play at UTSA. Recruits watching this game now see that there is a chance to play in big games at UTSA.

Coker knows this, so he had freshmen like  Nate Gaines, Stanley Dye, Justin Chavez, N'Keal Bailey, Aron Taylor, Marcos Curry and others get some game time experience on the field at Houston.( plus we were up 27-0 in the 4th). But this only speaks to the type of talent that UTSA has behind this year's senior team, and the type that they will continue to bring to this program in the future.
 
Meantime what a showcase of talent on a national scale for the UTSA Roadrunners!  You can bet that talented recruits across the country took notice!

UTSA 27- Houston 7.
 

 

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