UTSA has officially started their season 0-2 after suffering a loss against the Baylor Bears this past Saturday. However, despite the loss, the Roadrunners looked much improved from a week prior when they faced the Arizona State Sun Devils in the season opener.
“Right now, we’re not good enough to have earned a victory, but we’re better than we were last Saturday,” said head coach Frank Wilson following their home opener against Baylor.
UTSA’s defense was able to hold Baylor to fewer than 100 rushing yards. On the offensive side of the ball, UTSA was able to establish the running game more with B.J Daniels. Starting quarterback Cordale Grundy also looked a little more relaxed in Week 2, as he threw his first ever Division I touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to WR Blaze Moorhead in the corner of the endzone.
“We are a much-improved football team that played a quality opponent,” Wilson said on their loss to Baylor. “We made strides in various areas, but we’ll need to continue to improve.”
Heading in to week three, UTSA will once again be playing the role of the underdog as they take on their third straight Power Five opponent in Kansas State. The Wildcats will be coming into the matchup as 21-point favorites, so UTSA has their work cut out for them. Nobody likes to see a goose egg on the win column after three weeks of football, so UTSA should come into the game with a chip on their shoulder looking to get their first win in upset fashion.
“Every year, year in and year out they are a top team,” said Wilson on Kansas State. “I’ve always watched Bill Snyder from afar and admired the job he’s done. He is truly one of the elite coaches in college football.”
Kansas State has rushed for an average of 184.5 yards per game through two weeks of football. UTSA’s front seven will have to play extremely well, maybe even better than they did against Baylor, if they want to have a chance at victory on Saturday afternoon.
“This team poses a tremendous concern in our ability to stop a run-game that is very formidable” said Wilson.
Even though they’re coming in as huge underdogs, Wilson is not looking for any moral victories; he’s hoping for a UTSA win. UTSA has faced Kansas State once before in 2015, and the game resulted in a 30-3 victory for Bill Snyder and the Wildcats at the Alamodome. This time, the game will be played in Manhattan, Kan.
The Roadrunners will have quite a task trying to win on the road against a quality opponent. It would mean a lot to the UTSA football program if they’re able to pull it off.
“It would be tremendous,” said Wilson. “We have a chance against a very high-quality opponent. Hopefully we can find our stride and find a way to victory.”