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Roadrunner Blues
The Roadrunners' woes continue as UTSA dropped another Conference game, this time on the road at Ruston, Louisiana to the La Tech Bulldogs, 27-20. The Roadrunners continued to struggle on offense as they turned the ball over several times in the game. UTSA  red-shirt Freshman QB Austin Robinson threw 2 interception while fumbling the ball twice with one of them recovered by UTSA. Senior Tucker Carter came in for a series only to get injured and throwing an interception that led to a Bulldog score.

The mistakes being made are like a stroll down memory lane of how tough it was to get a win in the first year season for the  Roadrunners. Remember how it was all part of growing pains and how inexperience was the reason for some of those losses. The Roadrunners went 4-6 that year and the mistakes made were freshman-like. Well this is what we have to work with this year at the QB position. Robinson has talent and could be great one day, but what can we really expect this year from a freshman who was not even expected to play much this year? I know …. they have 37 seniors on the team. So what is the problem?

Hate the Game, Not the Playas
UTSA on their opening drive starting from their 35 yard line drove the ball down to the La Tech 13 yard line only to settle for a field goal after eating up over 7 minutes of the clock. The Bulldogs could not get within scoring range in the next couple of series until UTSA turned the ball over on their own  20 yard line. La Tech was stopped insided the red zone and settle for an easy kick for 3 points to tie up the game in the middle of the second quarter.

After trading possessions and a missed 41 yard field goal by kicker Sean Ianno, UTSA QB Austin Robinson tore off a 53 yard QB keeper, giving UTSA a 10-3 lead. After stopping La Tech on the next possession, UTSA gets the ball back with 2:30 left in the half and goes 3 and out, gaining only 5 yards and punted the ball leaving the Bulldogs 1:08 before the half.
The Bulldogs then drove the ball, with the help of a roughing the passer penalty on UTSA, to get them into field goal range and just like that the Bulldogs cut the lead 10-6 going into the break.

Who Let The Dawgs Loose
La Tech Defensive Coach Manny Diaz let the “Dawgs'' loose on the UTSA QB in the second half as they threw every blitz play they had on the Roadrunners, over and over again. The Offensive line once again continued to play like it was their freshman season as the QB's got hammered and holes never opened up for the running backs against a seemingly solid defensive team, even though UTSA outgained the Bulldogs 324-278.

In the second half it just got worse for the Roadrunners. After the Bulldogs drove the opening 2nd half drive down to the UTSA 25, Safety Triston Wade intercepted the ball giving the Roadrunners the ball on their own 17 with their back to the endzone. Three plays later the snap from center flew high and through the out-stretched hands of Robinson as it bounced into the hands of La Tech Safety Terrell Pinson for a 2 yard touchdown return giving the Bulldogs a 13-10 lead.

The Bulldogs continued to blitz and once again forced a turnover with another Robinson interception this time by Terrell Pinson who returned the ball to the UTSA 40 yard line. Four passes later, the Bulldogs get another touchdown as they extend the lead 20-10 and now look to have command of the game.


Desparate Measures
In what seemed to be a last desparate move by UTSA, the coaching staff sent in Senior QB Tucker Carter to throw a pass behind the line of scrimmage for a yard gain. Hand the ball off for 1 yard gain and then Carter gets drilled on an obvious passing third down but now before throwing the ball to what was now the Roadrunners' favorite reciever Bulldog Safety, Terrell Pinson.

The Bulldogs now smelled blood as they clamped down on UTSA will 2 power runs by the La Tech Offensive line and RB Kenneth “With Intent To Injure” Dixon, who just plowed throw the hapless defense for a touchdown.

With the Roadrunners needing a spark on offense, the UTSA coaching staff had a stroke of genius in calling a gadget play where WR Kam Jones took a pass from Robinson behind the line of scrimmage and threw it to a wide open WR Kenny Harrison for a touchdown cutting the Bulldog lead 27-17 early in the fourth.
The Roadrunners later would add a Sean Ianno field goal and had an opportunity to get the ball one last  time in order to send the game into overtime but the Bulldog defense prevailed as they stymied the UTSA offense one last time when the game was on the line giving the Bulldogs a 27-20 victory.

The Senior Moment Miracle

The problem for UTSA this year is not upgrading talent while other teams like La Tech and others have gone out and added some JUCO talent along with some solid transfers. UTSA has good players but as we are starting to see, we need upgrades each and every year. As good as these guys are the Roadrunners have the same guys back from last year. Not anyone bigger,stronger, faster.

The QB position which is a major cog in the engine is now the weakest point and not by Austin Robinson's fault. He is a freshman who wasn't even an option when the season started. We feel he could be an All Conference QB but in his Junior and Senior season. For the seniors on this team that is not good news.

So it is squarely on these Seniors to pull these next 5 games out. No one person can lose this for them. They have to draw the line. These next 5 games are like their “Rudy” moment in their effort to make a bowl. They only need to be at  6-6 for a chance. At 2-5 and the way things have gone for them, this even seems like a daunting task.

These seniors will make history one more time or they will not. But it will take super human efforts from all of them to make it happen! And honestly at this point nothing short of a miracle...

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