UTSA Comes Close But Falls To #25 Texas A&M 23-10

Missing out on multiple opportunities to pull a program changing upset, the UTSA Roadrunner put on a good show in falling 23-10 to #25 ranked Texas A&M.

The game came down to a UTSA offensive line that could not handle the size and speed of their SEC opponent. They ended the day with 48 total rushing yards on 37 carries, including 52 on 21 carries by lead running back Jarveon Williams. Sacks made the total look worse, but UTSA could never get anything going on the ground all day long.

While blame goes to an ineffective offense, credit has to go to the defensive side of the ball. They held the explosive Aggies offense to only 23 total points, coming up big in the red zone multiple times. The defensive line was at times able to push around the A&M offensive line and make drive stopping plays in the backfield.

Starting quarterback Dalton Sturm led the team in the opening three drives to two yards, nine yards, and 16 yards on a total of 14 plays. Included in that was a drive that started on the Aggies 38-yard line due to a turnover. He was only able to lead them as close as the 26 before UTSA attempted a field goal. The attempt was well off the mark, killing an early chance to put up points by the Roadrunners.

Going with Jared Johnson for the next drive, UTSA had their best drive of the entire day. They moved the ball 75 yards on 13 plays, spending just over 5:30 with the ball. Josh Stewart capped the drive with a 10-yard catch and score from Johnson to cut the A&M lead to 10-7.

That was as close as UTSA would get with A&M adding two field goals late in the first half to take a 16-7 lead to the break.

While the defense played its heart out in holding the Aggies to only seven points in the second half, the offense was continually backed up deep in their own territory. They needed an explosive play from the offense, but the Aggies had other ideas. All-American Myles Garrett took over with multiple pressures and sacks, including a strip sack that pretty much pinned UTSA inside their own 20 for the rest of the game.

When the final horn sounded, the UTSA faithful had to be wondering “what if” in the 23-10 loss to Texas A&M.

With the loss, UTSA is sitting at 5-6 on the season with a single regular season game left. All they have to do is beat Charlotte in the season finale and they are bowling for the first time in school history. Forget that the entire conference is down this season, it is a huge deal for head coach Frank Wilson to lead the Roadrunners to a bowl game during his first year in charge.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM CST in the Alamodome.

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