(13) Oklahoma State (1-0) at Texas-San Antonio (1-0)|
Saturday, September 7, 12:00 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Lucas Gulotta, Associate College Football Editor
GAME NOTES: Larry Coker finds himself in another big game as his Texas-San
Antonio Roadrunners host the 13th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys at the
The former BCS national championship winning coach improved to 73-25 for his
career when UTSA overcame a double-digit first-half deficit to take down New
Mexico, 21-13, on the road at University Stadium. The Roadrunners played
exceptionally well on the defensive side of the ball to rally back. They are
now 9-4 since becoming a full-member of the FBS. The Cowboys will be the
highest ranked opponent the Roadrunners have ever faced.
Oklahoma State has had one of the top offensive attacks in the nation over the
past few seasons. However, coach Mike Gundy's team improved to 1-0 on the
season due to the defensive unit's effort in the 21-3 victory over Mississippi
State. The victory continued OSU's recent domination of the SEC, as the
Cowboys have won nine of their last 10 outings against the nation's toughest
conference (including Texas A&M and Missouri).
This will be the first meeting in history between these schools. The Cowboys
are 25-3 against their last 28 unranked opponents. Oklahoma State is one of
only three schools from automatic-qualifying BCS conferences to win at least
nine games in each of the last four seasons -- the other two being Alabama and
The Cowboys may been a little more settled on offense for their second outing
after Gundy settled the quarterback controversy by naming J.W. Walsh the
starter. Walsh came off the bench against the Bulldogs after Clint Clelf
struggled and did well enough to earn the starting job.
"I think he just brought a spark to our team. I have to make that decision
because that's what they pay us to do," said Gundy. "I just felt like there
was a lift to the team once he came in the game. The first time or two we
weren't as successful as we wanted. We had opportunities."
Walsh threw for 135 yards and racked up 125 more and a touchdown on the ground
after taking over on the third series. Jeremy Smith rushed for 102 yards and
two touchdowns on 15 carries for OSU, which piled up 432 yards on offense
after struggling for most of the first half. Smith was one of four Cowboys to
finish the game with four receptions.
OSU's defense stepped up on key plays as MSU went 2-for-16 on third down
conversions. The Bulldogs were held to just 333 total yards of offense and the
Cowboys recorded three sacks and two interceptions. Senior safety Shamiel Gary
registered 10 solo tackles in the contest. 2012 Second-Team All-Big 12
selection Shaun Lewis also made his mark with seven stops, three tackles for
loss and a sack.
Gary and Lewis will try to stop UTSA's momentum. Eric Soza's 11-yard touchdown
pass to David Glasco II completed a 99-yard, fourth-quarter drive that put the
Roadrunners ahead by eight and rose their total of unanswered points to 21.
Soza was 21-of-34 passing on the night and also led UTSA with 48 rushing
yards. Glasco II had just 40 total yards but finished with two touchdowns, one
rushing and one receiving. Soza's late-game touchdown pass came after he was
forced out of the pocket.
"I saw him and I said, 'Don't do it. Don't do it,' Glasco said. "I know Soza.
He has a little bit of Brett Favre in him and then 'boop,' sure enough, he did
it and it was a great play."
Kam Jones led UTSA with five receptions and 65 yards. He also produced 39
yards on the ground. Evans Okotcha was held to just 20 yards receiving and 17
rushing and failed to improve upon his program leading total of 16 end zone
The team amassed 394 yards of total offense to New Mexico's 277. The Lobos
were also ineffective on third down (2-of-13). The Roadrunners were unable to
force any turnovers and registered just a pair of sacks in the contest.
Triston Wade recorded a team-high of seven total stops. Jens Jeters and Steven
Kurfehs made four solo tackles apiece. Jurfehs showed he can be a playmaker
last season by amassing 71 total tackles, 5.5 for loss, a team-high 4.5 sacks
and a fumble return for a touchdown.
New Mexico's offense was nowhere near the same caliber as the Cowboys' high-
powered attack. UTSA struggled against its better competition last season. In
2012, they held their first four opponents to an average of 247.8 yards per
contest, but allowed 445.8 yards per game over the course of their final eight
games. USTA gave up 301 rushing yards in a single game to Rice, but the
majority of its troubles on the defensive side of the ball stemmed from a poor
pass defense. It gave up more than 320 passing yards in each of the final five
games of the season.
UTSA is doing surprisingly well under Coker considering its inaugural season
was in 2011. The Roadrunners could rise in the mid-major ranks swiftly as they
settle into the Conference USA, but they are not capable of taking down a
powerhouse opponent just yet.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma State 45, Texas-San Antonio 17
09/04 10:38:40 ET