UTSA Roadrunners 21, New Mexico Lobos 13
Up Next: 6 p.m., Saturday (Sept. 7) – New Mexico at UTEP – El Paso, Texas
By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
It wasn’t a 21-13 score that the New Mexico Lobos or Coach Bob Davie tried to dispute with statistics that leaned the Lobos’ way or breaks that went UTSA’s way.
The stats favored the Roadrunners. They had 394 total yards and 21 points to UNM’s 277 yards and 13 points. The scoreboard reflected a fair decision.
“They deserved to win this game tonight,” said Davie after watching his club fall to 0-1 after Saturday night’s loss on Branch Field. "Give them credit."
The breaks were pretty much even although UNM got a huge push from a 45-yard touchdown by SaQwan Edwards after he scooped up a fumble forced by linebacker Javarie Johnson. That score placed UNM in a 6-0 lead and the Lobos advanced their side of the big scoreboard to 13-0 on a 37-yard pass from Cole Gautsche to Marquis Bundy in the second quarter.
The Lobos never scored again.
“We thought we could run the football better,” said Davie. “I’m disappointed.”
The Lobos were No. 5 in the nation running the football in 2012 but need to do better than the 193 yards they scratched off the UTSA defense. The Roadrunners threw out a road block of big bodies in the middle and forced – and dared – the Lobos to win the game on the outside or going over the middle with the pass.
The Lobos couldn’t do it. UNM completed 6-of-17 passes for 84 yards with the highlight the Gautsche-to-Bundy score that came off a mix-up in the USTA secondary thanks to some deceptive motion from UNM.
“This game really humbled us,” said Edwards.
Said Bundy: “They just came out and made more plays than us.”
The UTSA offense behind the crafty Eric Sosa threatened to find rhythm in the first half and did score an important TD to pull into a 13-6 hole at the half. The Roadrunners managed to violate UNM’s zone twice in the second half and that was enough to produce the win.
The Lobos got only 54 yards rushing from Kasey Carrier, while Gautsche took advantage of the outside to run for 118 yards. Gautsche went 4-of-12 passing for 65 yards. JC transfer Clay Mitchem came in for UNM’s final series and went 2-of-5 for 19 yards.
Sosa went 21-of-34 with no interceptions and two TD passes. He ran for 48 yards to lead UTSA in that category, too.
The backbreaker in the contest was UTSA’s 99-yard drive in the fourth quarter. UNM’s Ben Skaer, who averaged 47 yards on seven punts, had the Roadrunners pinned down on their 1-yard line while UTSA was guarding a 14-13 lead.
Sosa completed a 15-yard pass on the first play to get his team out of that hole. He ended the drive with an 8-yard TD pass to David Glasco II to hand UTSA a 21-13 lead with 3:00 to play. Sosa also had a 17-yard run and a 35-yard pass on that drive.
“They mixed it up on us,” Edwards said of that 99-yard drive.
The Lobos play this coming Saturday at UTEP, which will be coming off a bye week. The Miners will have the advantage of looking at UNM on tape. The Lobos will have the advantage of 60 minutes of football behind them and knowing what areas to fix.
“We have some stuff to work on,” said Edwards.
Said Davie: “This (performance) isn’t totally unexpected. Stay with us, we’ll get better."
First Quarter: New Mexico Lobos 6, UTSA Roadrunners 0
Lobos: Yards Rush: 11-for-49. Yards Pass: 0-3-0—0. Total offense: 14-for-49
UTSA: Yards Rush: 6-for-21. Yards Pass: 5-9-0—47. Total Offense: 15-for-68
Key Play: UTSA got two easy first downs on its first series, but then disaster hit – for UTSA. UNM’s Javarie Johnson cracked through the UTSA line from his linebacker spot and forced a Carlos Wiggins’ fumble that popped up and into the hands of UNM’s SaQwan Edwards. The Lobo junior sprinted untouched for 45 yards for the score. UNM failed to run in the conversion and held a 6-0 lead at the 11:11 mark.
Second Quarter: New Mexico Lobos 13, UTSA Roadrunners 6
Lobos: Yards Rush: 20-for-91. Yards Pass: 3-7-0--43. Total offense: 27-for-134
UTSA: Yards Rush: 16-for-75. Yards Pass: 10-18-0--92. Total Offense: 34-for-167
Key Play: UNM used some motion to confuse the UTSA secondary which allowed Marquis Bundy to slip 10 yards behind the UTSA defense and Gautsche floated the 37-yard TD score to the wide open Bundy. UNM went up 13-0, converting the kick.
Key Play: Sack by Jacori Greer at 9:33 that force UTSA into a punt at their 42-yard line.
Third Quarter: UTSA Roadrunners 14, New Mexico Lobos 13
Lobos: Yards Rush: 31-for-150. Yards Pass: 4-10-0—65. Total offense: 41-for-215
UTSA: Yards Rush: 23-for-119. Yards Pass: 16-27-0—159. Total Offense: 50-for-278
Key Play: UTSA got even for the wide-open pass it gave away in the second quarter using motion to get Brandon Armstrong unguarded on the East sideline. He scampered untouched to complete the 38-yard score and push UTSA up 14-13.
Key Play: Gautsche’s 36-yard run keeps UNM’s drive alive but Justus Adams pushed a 42-yard field goal attempt wide right at 7:19.
Key Play: Lobo missed fourth-and-inch at 1:40 giving UTSA ball at 50-yard line.
Key Play: A Jacori Greer breakup of a Sosa pass leads to a 5-yard punt by USTA.
Fourth Quarter: UTSA Roadrunners 21, New Mexico Lobos 13
Lobos: Final Rush: .42-193. Final Pass: 6-17-0--84. Final Total offense: 59-277
UTSA: Final Rush: 33-157 . Pass: 21-34-0—237. Final Total Offense: 67-394
Key Play: Cranston Jones downs Ben Skaer punt on 1-yard line with 7:05 to play. UTSA gets out of hole with 15-yard pass on first play.
Key Play: Sosa’s 8-yard TD shovel pass with 3:00 to play that leads to UTSA’s 21-13 lead earned off a 99-yard drive.