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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers took a 7-0 lead on the 5th play of the game and it seemed like the movie “Groundhog's Day” all over again for the Roadrunners as they fell behind early in the game. The Roadrunners once again just couldn't get anything going offensively and while the run defense was outstanding, the secondary had one of its worst games of the year.

Emotional D Stuffs Run
After rushing for a Conference USA record of 345 yards last week vs. Army, WKU RB Leon Allen was held to only 69 yards by the “Hard Hat D” run defense. The entire rushing yardage for WKU was 120 yards total between 6 different rushers. Leading tacklers for the UTSA defense were S Triston Wade (7), LB's Jens Jeters (6), Drew Douglass (6) and S Michael Egwuagu and DE Robert Singletary.

With the game getting out of hand (score wise) in the second half, the Roadrunners got a little sloppy and emotions ran high. Two UTSA defensive players were ejected in separate incidents. One where a defensive player pushed (unknowingly)a referee to the ground as he tried to break up some "incidental contact " after the whistle had blown.

Football is an emotional game and this kind of stuff happens, especially when you're losing! Lots of painful emotion on this team as the Roadrunners have lost 8 out of 11 games this year... Hell, I'd be tossing refs too! 

Numbers Don't Lie
WKU QB Brandon Doughty had his way with the UTSA secondary as he riddled the Roadrunners through the air with 26 of 35 passing for 346 yards and 5 TD's that gave the Hilltoppers a 35-0 lead in the 3rd Quarter which seemed to be the “nail in the coffin” for any chance for the Roadrunners.

The Offense once again seemed to have regressed as a unit but UTSA did finally managed a touchdown to save a shutout in the 4th quarter. The Roadrunners had only 12 first downs and two of those came off penalties. The total passing was 119 (47yards on one play). The total rushing was 115 (37 yards on one play).

The Roadrunners turned the ball over twice. They had three fumbles with one lost and one interception. They had an unbelievable 12 penalties for 124 yards! 

The Freshmen Spark
The Roadrunners got an unexpected spark on offense as “walk on” QB Dalton Sturm came in for an injured QB Austin Robinson in the 4th. QB Sturm went 3 for 3 with a 47 yard TD pass to freshman WR  Kerry Thomas. The pass over the middle should have been stopped by WKU for a first down only but WR Thomas took the 15 yard pass, stiff armed defenders, and raced down the sidelines 47 yards for his first collegiate touchdown.


Seniors Remembered
UTSA will now turn their focus on the University of North Texas who will come into San Antonio with  revenge for last year's loss to the upstart Roadrunners who just so happened to embarrass the “Mean Green” on Senior's Day as their seniors were denied a shot at the championship game by the loss to UTSA. Yes, this group of Mean Green players remember the UTSA seniors well.
Should be a day of emotions for both sides!

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