Bird Bash II: The battle for part of Texas

Stephen Whitaker, Staff Writer
Inside UTSA

UTSA heads to Denton to face North Texas with a lot on the line for both teams

A week after their conference opener didn't go to plan the UTSA Roadrunners have a chance to get the good feelings back when they travel to Denton to face the North Texas Mean Green Eagles.

North Texas will enter the game coming off a bye week. UTSA is coming off a home loss to Southern Miss. (Sounds similar to last week when Southern Miss came off a loss and went into San Antonio to face UTSA off their bye). It shapes up to be as close to a must win as can be for the Roadrunners. But in the land of Wilson it's must win because it's the next game.

"Its the most important game because its C-USA west," UTSA Head Coach Frank Wilson said. "Its the most important game because they sit atop the west right now. They're in the position that we desire to be in."

A win on Saturday would put UTSA in good position to stake a claim at the top of the west. A loss would most likely wipe away the teams goal of winning the division.

It won't be easy as the Mean Green possess the highest scoring offense in the conference. The Green offense is balanced. They pass well. They run well.

Running Back Jeffery Wilson has run for 666 yards and notched 56 yards receiving. Quarterback Mason Fine is 102-for-163 passing with 1442 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air. Fine's favorite target has been Jalen Guyton who has caught 24 passes for 444 yards and five touchdowns.

"Their offense has been putting up numbers as of late," Roadrunner cornerback Devron Davis said. "Guyton is a steady route runner with pretty decent speed. We're just going to have to bring our A-game and be assignment sound."

UTSA has the second highest scoring offense in conference so it is hoped the lights on the Apogee stadium scoreboard will be able to keep up if both teams get into a shootout.

The defenses might have other ideas.

Defensively the Mean Green has given up points. They rank 11th in the conference in points per game, giving up 34 per game. UTSA defense is second in the conference and has given up just 18 points per game this year, a number affected by the 31 put on last week by Southern Miss.

Saturday will be the fifth meeting between UTSA and North Texas. Every meeting has been close (The largest margin of victory came last year in UTSA's 31-17 win). This year's game might be the highest scoring. It will all come down to which defense can make a stop or which team has the ball last.

The Roadrunners have talked all year about their goals being to win the division and a conference championship. The Southern Miss game was a wakeup call for the Roadrunners. North Texas is flying high into the game but UTSA wants to put last week behind them. They can start with a win over their rivals from north of the Metroplex.

Prediction: UTSA 34 North Texas 27.

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