Roadrunners Smoke the Blazers
Two years removed from the week in which the University of Alabama Board of Trustees refused to include a $75 million proposal for an on-campus stadium for the University of Alabama at Birmingham in its voting agenda, UAB head coach Garrick McGee scolded several of his players for snapping “selfies” on the Alamodome turf just minutes before the Blazers took the field against UTSA. When comparing the facility to UAB’s dilapidated Legion Field, who could blame the players for being struck by the Alamodome and its crowd of over 25,000? This seemingly minor moment serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of community and institutional support in college football. That a third year program is able to awe a program 19 years its elder with its play, facilities, and support is something UTSA should hang its hats on.
Not much to say after a huge blowout win against a bad team, but I will point out a few nice performances.
If anyone still had any doubt that David Glasco II is the best running back on this roster, those concerns should be squashed after his performance against UAB. David picked up 73 yards on 11 carries, displaying a mix of strength and burst. Glasco wasn’t the only running back to have a huge game– Brandon Armstrong continued to emerge as a playmaker after totaling 105 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns on just five touches. That BA was able to operate with so much open space is a credit to the coaching staff and Eric Soza. Speaking of Soza, the senior quarterback pieced together his best performance in weeks. Soza found 11 different receivers to total 235 yards and two touchdowns on 21 attempts. If not for a couple of dropped passes those numbers could be even more impressive. Eric was also efficient with his feet, rushing for 49 yards on seven carries.
While the defense allowed more points and yards than it should be comfortable with, many of these yards came against substituted players late in the game. The defense finally ended its interception drought by snagging two passes away from UAB (Nic Johnston and Crosby Adams were the culprits here). I thought the cornerbacks looked great this week, though some of that may have more to do with UAB’s play than UTSA’s. Crosby Adams probably played his best game as a Roadrunner as he picked off an errant pass, returned a fumbled kickoff for a touchdown, and had a bone-shattering pass break up in the flats. Adam’s six tackles were good for third on the squad, behind Nic Johnston and Drew Douglas. The front six weren’t as strong against the run as most fans expected, but they did do a terrific job of keeping the heat on the Blazers’ quarterbacks with three sacks and four quarterback hurries.
Game balls: Brandon Armstrong (offense), Nic Johnston (defense/special teams), UAB head coach Garrick McGee for running just 24 designed runs despite his running backs averaging 6.5 yards per carry
Next up for UTSA is a surprisingly average Tulsa(2-5) squad. The Golden Hurricanes opened up as a 3.5 point favorite to the Roadrunners despite some concerns at quarterback. Nebraska transfer and returning starter Cody Green missed last week’s game against Tulane due to a “tweaked” knee. Redshirt freshman Dane Evans, who started in Green’s wake, didn’t do many favors for Tulsa as the youngster finished his evening just 13-30 with three interceptions. Tulsa put up just seven points on Tulane in the Superdome. I will be traveling to this game and will be making my first foray into the state of Oklahoma. I hear they have casinos.
Jared’s C-USA Power Rankings:
- La Tech
A UTSA alumnus that has been cast away to Austin, Jared enjoys live music and a craft beer. He thinks four verts is the best play in football but loves a QB sneak on fourth and inches. Twitter