Texas El Paso Miners vs. UTSA Roadrunners Free Pick - 9/21/13
2013-09-21 07:00:00 EDT
The Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners and Texas El Paso Miners lock horns at Sun Bowl Stadium.
Texas-San Antonio has been a cover machine in the early going with three straight covers to kick off the season. Unfortunately they haven’t been a winning machine with their record standing at 1-2 following a 38-13 loss at Arizona. The Roadrunners were never really a threat with the Wildcats leading 24-6 at the half and never pushing the issue. Arizona led the yardage battle 422-379 and amassed 264 yards on the ground while UTSA struggled to run the ball and didn’t have enough firepower in the air. David Glasco (10-70) was the only runner of note with a four yard scoring run while Eric Soza went to the air more often then not with some success. Soza went 30-46 for 277 yards and a pick and spread the ball around to 13 players but was unable to crack the end zone.
After a disappointing overtime loss to New Mexico to open the year, Texas El Paso took their frustrations out in a 42-21 rout of New Mexico State. A 21-7 run in the second half broke open a tight one with the Miners able to run and thitem at will. When the final whistle was blown UTEO owned a 546-398 edge in real estate and totaled 29 first downs. Aaron Jones, Darrin Laufasa and LaQuintus McDowell accounted for 226 yards and five touchdowns while Jameill Showers dominated the air. Showers connected on 18-28 for 253 yards with a touchdown and interception. The UTEP defense might have been over shadowed by all the scoring but they forced four turnovers although the Aggies did connect on scoring passes of 71 and 81 yards.
I think the Roadrunners might have an overall advantage on both sides of the ball even though it’s tough to tell with a rough schedule the past two weeks. If I’m right the field goal might not be needed…