Post-Mortem: The UTSA Roadrunners

Overall Record: 3-9

Conference Record: 3-5

High Point

The Round-up knows it’s a loss, but the opener at Arizona was the high point and looked like the beginnings of a great season for UTSA. It wasn’t. The season went down the crapper. But the opener in Tucson was a great night for the Roadrunners. Blake Bogenschutz looked like the difference maker at quarterback, Jarveon Williams and Jalen Rhodes looked the part at running back and David Morgan did David Morgan things. 

The Roadrunner trailed by one at the half and kept the game within ten down the stretch. 

Low Point

Harder to choose here, but we’ll go with the home loss to Old Dominion on Homecoming no less. ODU put together a five win season and all, but the loss to the Monarchs put the cherry on top of the terd that was a four game losing streak. The loss dropped UTSA to 1-9. 

Offensive MVP

David Morgan is a mother flippin’ hero and should have a statue outside of the AlamoDome. Or at least have a hot dog named after him there. Morgan is going to make money at the next level as a swiss army knife of a tight-end. Need blocking, Dave’s your guy. Need someone to make a grab on third down, look for Dave. Need fabulous show hair, check out Dave. 

Morgan was UTSA’s first ever football All-America selection and is slated to play in the East/West Shrine game. 

Not bad for a Marble Falls Mustang. 

Defensive MVP

We thought about Duke Wheeler, Bennett Okotcha and Drew Douglas but we’re giving the nod to Jason Neill. The Flower Mound product led the Roadrunners with 8.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss and 5 QB hurries. Let's all remember that Neill started his high school career as a quarterback so the fact that ended his collegiate career terrorizing them is symmetry. 

Neill leaves UTSA as the career sack and tackles for loss leader. 

What Worked

The Roadrunner ran well, sort of. Maybe they didn’t run enough, but when Jarveon Williams and crew carried the ball results were pretty good. 

Dalton Sturm and Blake Bogenschutz both appear serviceable at the quarterback position. Sturm, a walk on from Goliad was a pleasant surprise for UTSA coming in to relieve Bogenschutz. The former Carthage standout played well at times before succumbing to a concussion against UTEP and missing the remainder of the season. The Round-Up thinks Bogenschutz could be special and wishes him a full recovery. 

In some ways Larry Coker going wrong for the Roadrunners may have gone right. Yes, we are also confused by that sentence. Here’s the point, Coker was a great hire to bring legitimacy to a fledgling program starting out of the blue, but now the Roadrunners need to move in a different direction. They’re stable, but fresh ideas and a new approach may be just what UTSA needs.

What has to Change

UTSA has been searching for a game changing receiver for a while now, this season was no different. The domino effect is that UTSA averaged 11 yards a completion and almost 100 yards less passing per game than their opponents. One of the issues is that UTSA’s offensive line protected poorly, allowing a league worst 44. It’s a recipe for a one dimensional attack that lacks the ability to spread teams vertically. 

Add to that the the Runners were one of the most penalized teams in CUSA. UTSA needs to play cleaner in 2016. 

Date Opponent Location Result
Sep. 3 at Arizona Tucson, Arizona Lost 42-32
Sep. 12 Kansas State AlamoDome Lost 30-3
Sep. 19 at Oklahoma State Stillwater, Oklahoma Lost 69-14
Sep. 26 Colorado State AlamoDome Lost 33-31
Oct. 3 at UTEP El Paso Won 25-6
Oct. 10 Louisiana Tech AlamoDome Lost 34-31
Oct. 17 at Southern Miss Hattiesburg, Mississippi Lost 32-10
Oct. 31 at North Texas Denton Lost 30-23
Nov. 7 Old Dominion AlamoDome Lost 36-31
Nov. 14 at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina Won 30-27
Nov. 21 Rice AlamoDome Won 34-24
Nov. 28 Middle Tennessee AlamoDome Lost 42-7