- Albuquerque, NM
With seven minutes to play and UTSA
holding a one point lead, New Mexico
pinned the Roadrunners at their own 1 yard line.
Seven plays and 91 yards later, UTSA QB Eric Soza scrambled left and threw an 8 yard shovel pass to RB David Glasco who was standing in the endzone. The touchdown cemented the 21-13 UTSA victory.
"We practice that every Thursday," Soza joked about that last play. "That's Glasco being in the right position at the right time. Every play going up to that was very crucial."
Glasco had a different perspective on the play.
"Players are going to make plays," said Glasco. "I saw Soza and I was thinking in my head "don't you do it, don't you do it." I know Soza, he can have his Brett Favre moments. Sure enough. But it was a great play, hats off to him."
In deed that eight play 99 yard fourth quarter drive was the most critical series in the game.
"I told the offense, let's just focus on one play at a time," Soza said of the last offensive drive. "It was 99 yards to put the game away. It shows the perseverance of our team and the fight that we have."
After a first half that saw UTSA struggle offensively, the ‘Runners came out and scored in the first possession of the second half as Soza hit RB Brandon Armstrong on a 38 yard wheel route. But after that, both defenses shored up.
"That's a good road game for us," said Head Coach Larry Coker. "Wins aren't easy. I didn't think we played our best in the first half, especially offensively. But we came back in the second half and Eric did an outstanding job."
Early on, the UTSA offense struggled. A fumble that was returned for a score, changed the early momentum in the game.
"I took some of the blame in the first half. I missed some throws, I missed some reads. I told the whole team, that's my bad," said Soza.
But Soza and the offense came back.
"Those are things you do," said Coker. "Your team matures and that's something to build on."
While the Soza to Glasco game-winning play is surely the highlight of the night, the unsung heroes are the UTSA Hard Hat Defense, who pitched a second have shut out.
"They played one heck of a game," Soza said about the defense. "The players of the game are the defense. They were able to contain that run game."
For the defense, it was a formidable challenge facing a unique offense.
"You can't think about the shut out. We're just moving from play to play," said Linebacker Steven Kurfehs. "The coaches really came in with a great game plan. The front four played fantastic and stopped the running back."
The UTSA offense used a balance attacked on the night rushing the ball 33 times and passing the ball 34 times for 394 total yards of offense. Meanwhile, the Hard Hat Defense only gave up 237 total yards to the Lobos and came up big in third down situations.
The surprising statistic of the night was the fact that UTSA won the time of possession battle 32:11 to 27:29 vs a Lobo team that was second in the nation in that category last season.
Overall, it was a huge team victory on the road, something the ‘Runners expected.
"We came out here and we did what we were supposed to do," said Glasco.
UTSA will next face nationally ranked Oklahoma State in the home opener on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Alamodome. The game will begin at 11am and will be televised on FOX Sports 1.
Game Photos by Eric Cuellar
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UTSA used timely defensive stops and key offensive plays to down New Mexico 21-13.