The Roadrunners had their highest scoring match of the season on Saturday night at the Alamodome but it still wasn’t enough. Colorado State managed to hold off UTSA for the 33-31 win in a heartbreaker for the 24,705 fans in attendance.
There were three lead changes in the game, before Colorado State came back from 17-9 down to take the lead that they never relinquished. That run that gave them the lead straddled the half-time break as they fought back against a much improved UTSA side.
In just two and a half minutes UTSA had the lead as they managed a 78-yard, seven play drive after the kick off. Blake Bogenschutz managed a 42-yard quarterback draw to really get things moving before the 13 yard touchdown run from Jalen Rhodes.
But before six minutes were off the clock, Colorado State were back to tying the scores after a 34-yard touchdown pass from Nick Stevens for Xavier Williams. The lead was then added to after William Cavanaugh got called for holding in his own end zone, giving the Rams a safety.
UTSA restored their lead with 13:21 left in the half after Daniel Portillo hit a 36 yard field goal to make it 10-9. A blocked punt set up a chance for UTSA as they extended their lead with David Morgan II taking a six yard touchdown pass.
A two yard run from Jasen Oden managed a two yard run, part of his 143 rushing yards in the game, for a touchdown. That closed the gap to just one point but the Roadrunners held the lead at 17-16 at half-time.
It was clear that the tactic from Colorado State after the break was going to be to go through the air with Stevens netting 255 yards total. The Rams got the lead with two unanswered touchdowns as he found Deionte Gains with a 13 yard touchdown pass and Rashard Higgins with a 38 yard touchdown pass to seal the lead, which they would never let go of.
With 3:07 left in the third UTSA got within a touchdown as Jarveon Williams managed a 13 yard touchdown. That was part of a school record 170 yards from just 13 carries that Williams managed through the night.
The game went back out to a two possession game when the Rams managed a 21 yard field goal with 10:53 to play. That saw UTSA forced to really go on the attack and they responded well, taking the game to Colorado State.
Williams set two school records in one run, as he surpassed the school game rushing record as part of an 85-yard touchdown run, the longest in UTSA history. But UTSA were forced to punt on the next possession, allowing Colorado State to see out the game.