The Roadrunners have been shutout for the first time in their history as they fell to a 34-0 loss to UTEP at the Alamodome on Saturday night. The result sees UTSA fall to 1-3 in Conference USA play, already guaranteeing the Roadrunners a worse record than 2013, just four conference matches in to the season.
UTSA didn’t manage to get a first down in the game until just before the end of the half, getting only 41 yards of offense in the first half. By comparison UTEP were 17-0 up by half-time and managed a total offense of 351 yards.
UTSA were not only held scoreless for the first time in their history it was also the first time that UTSA managed fewer than 100 yards. The Roadrunners also only managed two first downs in the entire game with one in each half as Alvin Jones’ six tackles helped UTEP dominate UTSA.
The Miners got things started quickly, after being forced back to 3rd-and-25, sitting on their own 25 yard line, Jameill Showers was able to scoot right and launch a pass that hit Jaquan White for a 75-yard touchdown pass. That wasn’t all for the first half as Showers managed another pass that resulted in paydirt, as he found Aaron Jones with a screen pass to give UTEP a 14-0 lead in the first.
Shower’s danger was well established with 115 of his 191 passing yards already taking place, the UTSA defense had to step up in the second and they did, holding UTEP scoreless until three minutes were left, whin Jay Mattox managed a 20-yard field goal to bring the score to 17. Despite that the UTSA offense continued to struggle as they only got their first first down of the match with just over two minutes to play in the half, registering only 41 yards of offense.
UTEP were able to do everything to stop UTSA, whose defense had certainly lifted after a 189 yard first quarter but there was quite a whole dug and it only got worse. The third quarter saw yet another touchdown as Aaron Jones rushed 24-yards for a score, part of his game leading 86 yards while Mattox managed a 47 yard field goal to make it 27 at the third quarter’s end.
It’s clear that UTSA is facing the most difficult year of its short life and will have to work hard to salvage pride from the remainder of the season. Fans will be hoping next week’s week off will allow them to prepare for another tough match against Rice.
The game was in an impossible state for UTSA as the fourth started but things did not get any better as UTEP dominated UTSA defensively. A bad night was capped off early in the fourth as Austin Robinson’s pass was returned by Jimmy Musgrave for a pick six to seal the 34-0 win thanks to a 19 yard interception return.