- San Antonio, TX
Head Coach Larry Coker said it best: "The fourth quarter was a disaster."
capitalized on five turnovers in the final quarter to run past UTSA 59-28 on Saturday in the Alamodome.
Early on, UTSA slugged it out with the Cougars and the game appeared to be head for high drama in the fourth quarter. But the UTSA mistakes were too much to overcome.
"We were right where we wanted to be," said UTSA quarterback Eric Soza. "We can't turn over the ball like that, we can't give the defense a short field. We can't do that."
Soza threw two interceptions in the final stanza.
"Eric has a little magic about him," said Coker. "Sometimes that's good, sometimes it can get you in trouble."
Soza acknowledged the turnovers post game.
"They were just making plays," said Soza. "On my part, I can't get give away two turnovers. Give credit to them, they were in the right place."
Despite all of the trouble, there were several opportunities that UTSA had to get back in the game, including a WR pass from Kam Jones to QB Eric Soza that fell just short.
"We don't have a lot of margin for error," said Coker. "Where we are, playing good teams, you have to make those plays."
Offensively, UTSA has a good night racking up 493 total yards, most of them through the air (365 passing yards).
"Our motto is start fast, finish strong. Offensively, we didn't finish strong. We made too many mistakes," said Soza.
The UTSA Hard Hat Defense also struggled on the night, giving up 59 points and 491 yards of total offense.
"We were close several times," Linebacker Steven Kurfehs said. "He (UH QB John O'Korn) alluded, made some plays with his feet, and made some plays outside the pocket. It is frustrating but it's also a learning experience. We need to finish the game. I think we shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times."
At the end of the night, the fourth quarter mistakes were simply too much to overcome.
"I don't think we wore down," said Kam Jones. "We just many too many mistakes in the fourth quarter."
UTSA will next travel to West Virginia to face Marshall on Saturday.
"We've got a tremendous challenge ahead," said Coker.
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UTSA turns the ball over five times in the fourth quarter.