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Emotionally exhausting is what this game was for most UTSA fans as the FAU Owls (2-3) beat the UTSA Roadrunners (1-3)  in a roller coaster of a game, 34-30. Emotions went from “we are going to win this” to “how did we lose this game.” Literally in a matter of minutes.

With talk of UTSA being a “shoe-in” for the Championship game, this game goes to show everyone , including UTSA that “ this is why you play the game” and “on any give Saturday anyone can beat anyone”!

Plenty of blame to go around. But in this game there were some highlights and some real low lights that can be used to improve on for the Roadrunners. The fact of the matter was that the Owls were a much better team than UTSA (anyone) expected.


FAU Made Plays

The FAU QB was the player of the game hands down! FAU QB  Jacquez Johnson, constantly found open recievers and made smart decisions by not turning the ball over. He was also big load to bring down as a couple of UTSA secondary players found out when he rumbled over them on his way to a 24 yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

In the end, the team who made the most plays won and that happened to be FAU. Here are just a few of the plays they made, where UTSA did not.

The Owls drove the ball 93 yards for the go ahead touchdown in the 4th quarter leaving 20 seconds on the clock and a 34-30 lead. On the ensuing kick off, Kam Jones took the ball and  veered right as he broke through the first wave of FAU defenders. He then popped out of the crowd and headed to his left, down the sideline with only the kicker to beat, The kicker who had some speed was able to Jones out of bounds at the 13 yardline to save the touchdown and the game.

With 7 seconds to go, the Runners burnt 4 seconds off the clock with an incomplete shot to the endzone.

On the final play of the game, Carter rolled to his right with pressure from the left as he fired a laser to WR Marcellus Mack who had two defenders on each side as he stood just inside of the endzone. In a matter of a second, Mack caught the ball and seemed to be watching it in when all of a sudden an FAU defender came crashing in, helmet on the ball, jarring it loose with no time on the clock.

The Good

Tucker Carter had 400 yards of passing coming in to the game. He ended up adding 272 more vs. the Owls as he was 20 of 39 with 1 touchdown passing, 2 touchdowns running and 2 interceptions.

DE Robert Singletary manhandled the linemen blocking him as he was responsible for creating the first turnover of the game on the very first play by stripping the ball from FAU QB Jacquez Johnson, setting UTSA up for their first score of the game. He continually pressured the QB the entire ball game.

TE David Morgan came back out of the locker room and looked ready to play if needed after being carted off to the locker room with ice on his ankle. He had 4 catches for 53 yards on the night.

PK Sean Ianno had ice running through his veins as he nailed a 53 yard field goal in the game to break his previous long of 51 yards.


The Bad

The Defense as a whole played great in spurts but FAU moved the ball when they needed to. Especially at the end of the game when they drove the ball 75 yards in 11 plays and then again 93 yards in 9 plays both for touchdowns in the 4th quarter, UTSA could only manage 2 field goals in the 4th giving up the lead for good with 20 seconds left in the game.

The Secondary reverted back to last season's mistakes as they gave up a couple of easy touchdowns. Too many wide open receivers or mis-matches that need to be addressed in order to reach their goal of becoming conference champions. This was not OSU picking on the secondary again. But it still seems like fundamentals in the secondary(to include tackling) were absent.

The UTSA defense seemed susceptable to giving up the big play and every team in Conference USA now knows that against the Roadrunners it's through the air.  UTSA gave up 295 yards passing and 114 yards rushing. The big plays in the game for FAU came in the fourth quarter.

The Ugly

Having a 17-7 lead and on their way to a score, Carter had a pass tipped and intercepted then taken back for a 76 yard touchdown, making it a 17-14 game instead of  24-7. FAU played the complete game.

Not a fair trade as UTSA gave up 2 touchdowns in the fourth and scored 2 field goals in return.

UTSA allowed FAU do what they do best and that was letting QB Jacquez Johnson lead the way with 24 of 34 for 295 and 3 touchdowns, one of them a run of 24 yards!

Real Fugly

UTSA got the ball on their own 39 yard line with 4:10 on the clock with a 3 point lead needing only to run the clock out with a couple of first downs. Instead they had 5 plays 7 yards using up only 1:55 off the clock! After a Glasco 4 yard run the continued with another Glasco run of 10 yards giving UTSA a first down.

Then a 1 yard loss by RB Jarveon Williams has FAU calling time out with 2:41 on the clock. Help comes for FAU  in an incomplete pass from QB Carter to WR Mack, stopping the clock after only a few seconds come off, giving FAU virtually another time out. And finally, UTSA goes back to pass and Carter is sacked under heavy pressure and FAU calls time out as UTSA has to punt with 2:27 left in the game.

 

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UP NEXT

New Mexico Lobos are up next and with the Roadrunners on an 0-3 losing streak, this week of football will be a good sign of what the Roadrunners are going to be this year. Not panicked but concerned.

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