A national TV audience and media pundits across the land saw the 'Runners fight, claw and scrap for four quarters. In the end a costly interception and 223 yards on the ground by the Wildcats were too much to overcome.
Inside an electric Alamodome, Arizona
lived up to all the hype and more. The Wildcats were nowhere near their video type offensive numbers, but 454 total yards of offense and a critical Tucker Carter interception, were enough of a difference.
The 'Runners trailed 26-23 and got the ball back with 2:04 to go in the 4th Quarter. UTSA quickly picked up a first down in no huddle mode out to their own 31, before Tucker carter flipped a soft pass as he scrambled to his right out of the pocket that ended up in DB Jared Tevis' hands. Not only did the INT seal the deal for UA, but it punctuated Tevis' night as he led all tacklers with 16 stops.
Arizona would start the game with a right hook that landed squarely on the jaw of the UTSA defense. On the 1st play from scrimmage, Anu Solomon would drop back and connect with former Texas Longhorn, Cayleb Jones on a 10 yard stop route. A missed tackle and Jones was gone 85 yards for a score on the 1st offensive play of the game.
The Wildcats would jump out to a 10-0 lead before starting lineups could scroll across the TV monitor.
UTSA would get back on it's feet, reach for the smelling sauce and shake it off with an 85 yard, 11 play drive towards the end of the 1st Quarter. Carter would find David Morgan for an 11 yd touchdown and it would get the 'Runners on the board. Carter would find the 6'4" TE along the right hash. Morgan turned and seemed to almost be surprised at how open he was. He dove into the end zone from the 2 yard line.
In the 2nd Quarter, the defense would bend, but not let Arizona take off with it's jet like offense. The Alamodome would erupt when UTSA found itself in the Wildcat's red zone, and Kam Jones would take a speed option around the left corner and dive for the pile on from 18 yards out.
A few minutes later, crowd noise was amped up even more, and Arizona would snap the ball over it's QB's head, to be recovered for a safety. UTSA would go up 16-13.
Arizona's true freshman running back Nick Wilson would then get to work. The 2nd Quarter would help him have 15 carries for 87 yards by halftime and 1 TD to his credit. His rushing score with .26 seconds left in the quarter would put UA up for good. On the night, the former Scout.com 4 Star prospect would set an opponents record for rushing yards against UTSA, finishing with 174 yards on 30 carries.
For UTSA, QB Tucker Carter would have solid numbers going 22 of 33 for 228 yards and 1 TD. He connected with TE David Morgan 5 times for 76 yards and a score.
Defensively, FS Triston Wade would lead the "Hard Hat D" with 9 tackles and 2 pass break ups. D-Tackle Ferrington Macon and D-End Jason Neill both registered sacks.
With the loss, UTSA falls to 1-1 on the season. They now travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma for another tough match-up against the Big XII's Oklahoma State
Cowboys. Kickoff is set for 6pm from Boone Pickens Stadium and will be another FOX Sports Broadcast.
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