Of­fen­sive woes con­tinue

Road­run­ners have just 30 points in 5-game los­ing streak

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - College Football - By Doug Smock

HUNT­ING­TON, W.Va. — UTSA’s of­fense had hit new depths over the pre­vi­ous four weeks, but at least the Road­run­ners scored, even if just a field goal.

Satur­day at Joan C. Ed­wards Sta­dium, host Mar­shall kept them from do­ing that in a 23-0 blank­ing. It was the first time UTSA was shut out since 2014, when Texas-El Paso did the hon­ors, 34-0, at the Alam­od­ome.

The Road­run­ners (3-8, 2-5 Con­fer­ence USA) have lost five in a row, scor­ing just 30 to­tal points in that time. They weren’t close to adding to that num­ber Satur­day.

UTSA crossed the 50-yard line once, early in the sec­ond quar­ter. Bren­den Brady’s 4-yard run moved the Road­run­ners to the Mar­shall 49, but Bryce Rivers threw an in­com­ple­tion and then was sacked for an 11-yard loss on third-and-6.

In the third quar­ter, the Road­run­ners reached their 46, only to end up in third-and-46 at their own 10 af­ter two penal­ties and a sack.

It has been that kind of a month-plus, and Mar­shall was all too happy Satur­day to make mat­ters worse. The Thun­der­ing Herd (7-3, 5-2) held the Road­run­ners to mi­nus-26 yards rush­ing, school records for both the win­ning de­fense and los­ing of­fense.

UTSA’s pre­vi­ous low was mi­nus-1, set in a 23-14 loss at Colorado State in 2016. The mi­nus-26 num­ber was helped by 39 yards on five sacks, as well as a 3-yard loss on an un­suc­cess­ful fake punt. B.J. Daniels and Brady com­bined for just 14 yards on 14 car­ries.

The Road­run­ners’ 137 to­tal yards are a sea­son low, and third sub-200 ef­fort. They went three­and-out seven times, six in the first half.

Rivers was the bright spot with his 158 yards pass­ing, on 16 of 31 at­tempts. Sub­bing for starter Jor­dan Weeks on the third pos­ses­sion, he threw an in­con­se­quen­tial in­ter­cep­tion in the fi­nal minute.

“It was great to see a Bryce Rivers come in the game and give us some glimpses … of an of­fense, that could at least go down the field,” said coach Frank Wil­son. “Un­for­tu­nately, we didn’t rush the ball well, we didn’t al­ways pro­tect him. We dropped some balls.”

Fresh­man Isa­iah Green led the Herd with 387 yards on 19-of-36 pass­ing, with two first-half touch­downs — 37 to Tyre Brady and 8 to Ar­tie Henry. Those plays gave the Herd a 17-0 lead, and Justin Rohrwasser fin­ished the first half with his sec­ond field goal, a 21-yarder.

Rohrwasser’s 25-yard field goal early in the third quar­ter fin­ished the scor­ing.

The Road­run­ners had trou­ble giv­ing up big pass plays, but they were solid in­side the red zone. Mar­shall crossed UTSA’s 20 six times, scor­ing one touch­down with three field goals and fail­ing to score twice.

“I thought they played ex­cep­tional at times,” Wil­son said of his de­fense. “There were too many plays — when you have your de­fense on the field 70-plus plays (73), it’s dif­fi­cult for them. But their ef­fort, their re­siliency is some­thing to be noted.”

Notes: Re­turner Matt Guidry suf­fered an undis­closed in­jury on a run­ning play and went to a hos­pi­tal. His sta­tus was un­cer­tain af­ter the game. … Greg Camp­bell Jr. caught seven passes for 84 yards, in­clud­ing a team-long 20-yard catch. … C.J. Levine and Josiah Tauaefa com­bined for 26 tack­les to lead the Road­run­ners’ de­fense. … Tariq Woolen was cred­ited with a blocked field goal. … UTSA is now 1-2 against Mar­shall, scor­ing 19 points with a sin­gle of­fen­sive touch­down.

Sholten Singer / As­so­ci­ated Press

Mar­shall de­fend­ers swarm UTSA quar­ter­back Bryce Rivers for a sack, one of five that the Herd had on Satur­day.

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