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The OSU Cowboys came out on Saturday and thoroughly manhandled the UTSA Roadrunners 43- 13 showing that they are still a  force to be reckoned with in the Big 12 Conference. UTSA had problems on both offense and defense with the Cowboys as they tried to keep OSU from making it a complete  blow out in the second half.

On Offense

UTSA took the early lead 3-0 before OSU ripped off 24 unaswered points in the first half. Momentum was changed early as the Roadrunners had stopped a drive by OSU forcing them into a field goal. But a penalty was called on UTSA giving OSU another set of downs to finally get on the board 7-3. A stop would have been huge here and seemed to have given OSU a spark.

From then on it was a constant 3 and out for the Roadrunner Offense as their receivers had a hard time getting any separation from the OSU defense. QB Tucker Carter was apparently injured sometime in the first half but manage to grind it out until the half, but not before the Cowboys could add another 17 points to the score.

"Bogey Ball"

Down 24-3, the Roadrunners came out in the second half with a change at QB. With Carter in street clothes and ice on his shoulder, the coaching staff went with true freshman Blake Bogenschutz to try and get the Roadrunner offense going in the second half.

“The injury to Carter could explain why he had a sub par evening up to halftime going 7 of 15 for 51 yards. But credit to OSU who were probably the fastest defense that the Roadrunners will see this year.”

After a three and out on the first possession of the 3rd quarter, OSU put up another 3 points on their following, making it  24-10.

UTSA's  freshman QB then showed a flash of brilliance as he took control on the next possession and orchestrated a drive down to the 24 yard line before tearing off a 24 yard scamper into the end zone giving UTSA a spark still down 27-10. 

Bogenshutz later led a drive to the OSU 28 to set up a field goal by K Sean Ianno making the score 27-13 at the beginning of the 4th quarter. “Bogie” would end up 8 of 14 for 82 yards passing with an interception on the last play of the game in what seemed to be a five yard out pattern jumped by CB Ashton Lampkin who took it in for a TD with no time on the clock.

On Defense

On defense the Roadrunners had spurts dominance especially in the running game as they gave up 162 yards. UTSA gang tackled and hit like they wanted this game but they also managed to give up big plays especially in the secondary who gave up 315 yards and had a personal foul penalty that gave OSU a touchdown and momentum early. 

OSU QB Daxx Garman who was starting in only his second game since 2009 was not exceptional but he did play well enough to move the ball when needed. Several times he was able to hit well covered receivers but he also received some helped by the UTSA secondary, who had problems covering bigger, faster receivers.

Big 12 Dominance

OSU held UTSA to 206 total net yards in the game and allowed only 11 first downs. Their defense shut down the run( 73 yds) and passing game( 133) while holding UTSA to 3 of 17 on third down conversions.

The top two tacklers on defense for OSU were DB Jordan Stern (8) and LB Ryan Simmons(8) who come from the San Antonio area of Cibolo's Byron Steele High School. Both players were also credited with 1 ½ tackles each for a loss behind the line of scrimmage.

The Cowboys are now 2-0 against the UTSA Roadrunners beating them by a total of 99-48. The Roadrunners will travel again for one final meeting next year in Stillwater

They Are Who We Thought They Were (video)

OSU showed why they are a top team, year in and year out under the leadership of Coach Mike Gundy. They are what UTSA will be one day. The speed that Oklahoma State currently has is what UTSA is just now getting in their recruiting.

While the UTSA seniors are good athletes who have had great coaching for the past 5 years, most were not recruited by big time programs. What we are seeing in the last two games that UTSA has lost, is quality players with speed at every position.

UTSA will now face teams that they are superior to, in quality and speed. There is not one team left on the schedule that the Roadrunners will be underdogs to. To have this group of seniors come and compete at such a high level says a lot of the heart of this group. Combined with quality and speed of the upcoming classes of Roadrunners, we can see why OSU Coach Gundy said “ we are practicing as if we were playing a Big 12 opponent” and that “the Roadrunners could compete with teams in the Big 12”.

This year's group is talented enough to compete for the Conference Championship, but in the coming years UTSA will be “who they think we'll be”.

 

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