FACTS & STATS: Site: FAU Stadium (30,000) — Boca Raton, Florida.
Television: None. Home Record: UTSA 0-1, FAU 1-0. Away Record: UTSA 1-1, FAU
0-3. Neutral Record: UTSA 0-0, FAU 0-0. Conference Record: UTSA 0-0, FAU 0-0.
Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Conference USA slate will begin for both the Texas-San Antonio
Roadrunners and the Florida Atlantic Owls when the two teams meet at FAU
Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Roadrunners have had an extra week to go over the issues that plagued them
in consecutive losses to Arizona (26-23) and Oklahoma State (43-13). The hope
is that the time will allow them to return to the success they had in the
season opener against Houston, when they collected a 27-7 road victory.
FAU hasn’t had much to cheer about this season either. Other than a 50-21
stomping of Tulsa, the Owls have been hung out to dry. They lost consecutive
games against Nebraska and Alabama by a combined score of 96-7. Last week,
they lost in more heartbreaking fashion, with a last-second field goal sinking
them in a 20-19 final versus Wyoming.
There isn’t any familiarity between these two squads, which are meeting for
the first time this weekend.
UTSA has been an uneven offensive team this season. It managed only 263 total
yards against Houston, jumped to 349 against Arizona, and then fell to 206
against Oklahoma State. In total, the Roadrunner are averaging just 3.9 yards
per play, while allowing an even 5.0 to the opposition.
The cause is not helped by the continued uncertainty surrounding quarterback
Tucker Carter. He is listed as questionable for Saturday’s clash with a
shoulder injury. On the season, he has only 400 passing yards and one
touchdown pass, but he has completed 61.1 percent of his attempts. If Carter
is sidelined, Blake Bogenschutz will step in. He completed 8-of-14 attempts
for 82 yards and an interception against Oklahoma State.
David Glasco and Jarveon Williams may need to provide more production out of
the backfield if the passing game is slowed. Glasco has rushed for a team-high
143 yards and three scores, but he is averaging only 3.1 yards per carry.
Williams (105 yards, TD) has been a bit more explosive, although he is nets
only 35 yards per game.
David Morgan (10 receptions, 143 yards, TD) is the only player on the roster
with more than 100 receiving yards.
UTSA’s defense has been more consistent than its offense, but not in a good
way. The amount of total yards the Roadrunners have allowed has risen in each
game. First they limited Houston to 208, but that was followed by embarrassing
yields of 454 and 477 against Arizona and Oklahoma State, respectively.
Drew Douglas (20 tackles, 3.5 TFL) is the team’s leader in tackles, while
Jason Neil (15 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks) has had some success in creating
negative plays for opposing offenses.
Luckily for the UTSA defense it is not facing much of a challenge in FAU,
which has just 1,159 total yards in four games. The Owls also are scoring just
19 points per outing, and both figures have them ranked near the bottom of the
There has been a bit of an ongoing quarterback competition slowing things down
for FAU, with Jaquez Johnson and Greg Hankerson each getting chances to show
what they can do. Johnson seems to have secured the starting gig, as he
completed 14-of-28 passes for 99 yards against Wyoming. Hankerson had only one
attempt in that contest. Overall, Johnson has connected on 58.3 percent of his
attempts for 478 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Johnson is
also a threat on the ground, with 81 yards and two scores to his credit.
The running game is even more productive when Jay Warren gets the ball. Warren
has tallied 304 yards on 58 carries this season. He is averaging 5.2 yards per
attempt and 76 per game, although he has yet to find the end zone. Johnson’s
rushing scores are the only ones for the team.
Johnson’s best weapons in the passing game are Lucky Whitehead (21 receptions,
148 yards, TD), Jenson Stoshak (nine receptions, 200 yards, TD) and William
Dukes (four receptions, 107 yards, TD).
While the FAU offense has been stuck in a rut most games, the defense has had
trouble slowing foes down. The Owls are letting up an astounding 525.2 yards
per game, while being lit up for 34.2 points each week. Their work on third
down has been less than ideal, with teams converting 46 percent of their
Trey Hendrickson (3.0 sacks) has three of only 10 tackles for loss by the
Owls, while Damian Parms (34 tackles) leads the squad in total stops. Andrae
Kirk (29 tackles, 2.0 sacks) has five pass breakups and has been a pass-
rushing threat as well.
Both of these teams lack dynamic offenses so this one won’t feature a ton of
scoring. That is unless both defenses continue to be as porous as the first
few weeks. UTSA has shown a bit more life than FAU this season, and if Carter
is healthy it has a better chance to come out on top.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas-San Antonio 24, Florida Atlantic 13