Keys To Victory
The ‘Runners and the Green Wave square off for a huge Conference USA matchup. Here are your UTSA keys to victory: Pound the Rock
When UTSA commits to running the ball, that opens up everything offensively. Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown is on the record of wanting to be more of a rushing team. Last week we saw starting RB David Glasco II tote the ball 20+ times for a school record 135 yards. With Evans Okotcha slowed with an injury and true freshman Jarveon Williams putting the ball on the carpet the last game, it looks like Glasco may get a bulk of the carries again this week. But the responsibilities aren't solely on Glasco or the backs. The Big Nasties up front have done a tremendous job these past few weeks getting the job done. If the UTSA offense is able to rush the ball at will, you will see the offensive playbook open up. Win the Turnover Battle It's been day and night the last two games as the UTSA Hard Hat Defense and special teams have forced key turnovers. What has been more critical is not only the fact these plays are being made but that they are leading directly to points. Whether it be Nic Johnston's fumble recovery in the endzone, or Tristan Wade's pick six, or the defense forcing a fumble while the opponent is in scoring position, each of the recent forced turnovers have been at critical moments. At the same time, the UTSA offense has been extremely protective of the pigskin. That has been a function of two things: not getting behind early and simply executing their game plan. If UTSA continues to win the turnover battle, they will win the game. Play Roadrunner Football On paper UTSA and Tulane are an even matchup. Even though Tulane has a better record, for all intents and purposes, both teams are equivalent across the board. That said, UTSA needs to execute to be successful. The Roadrunners are at their best when they get into second and manageable situations, are able to rush when defenses think they're going to pass, and exploit individual matchups on the edge. Defensively, the front seven clogging the run and making the opposing offense pass is a formula to success so long as the ‘Runners can put pressure on the opposing quarterback. At the end of the day, this is a very winnable game for UTSA, so long as they execute and do the things they do well.