UTSA’s horror season continued on Saturday as they failed to win their homecoming game, falling to Old Dominion. Again the offense had a solid night, managing 424 yards, but the defense just could not do enough, as Old Dominion won 36-31 at the Alamodome.
David Washington managed a record for yardage against UTSA as he threw for 378 yards with a 29-of-48 night including two touchdowns. That was part of a solid offense from Old Dominion as they exceeded UTSA with 548 total yards.
It was a dominant first quarter from the Roadrunners as they really controlled things from the early going as they took an early 7-0 lead. A short 13 yard pass to Jarvis Taylor helped UTSA start a 12-play 80-yard drive which was capped with a Tyrell Clay one yard touchdown run, with the drive highlighted by Dalton Sturm’s 22 yard carry.
Old Dominion got on the board on their next possession as a 42-yard pass got the visitors in range but the UTSA defense did well. That defense held up Old Dominion, which forced them to settle for three points.
A failed onside kick gave UTSA a huge advantage on their next drive as they had great field possession. Sturm managed a 15-yard pass to Kerry Thomas Jr before Sturm completed the drive with a six yard pass to Aaron Grubb to make it 14-3 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter was all Old Dominion as they managed two field goals to make it 14-9 with 5:52 to play. The lead came just two minutes later as Jonathan Duhart received an eight yard touchdown pass to make it 13 unanswered points and take a 16-14 lead at halftime.
There was an impressive performance for Old Dominion’s Ray Lawry who had a great rushing game. Lawry extended the lead in the third quarter as he managed a three yard run to get over the line to make it 23-14.
After forcing a punt, which was poor, UTSA responded well with a halfback pass from Tyrell Clay managing 31 yards to JaBryce Taylor. That put UTSA on the four yard line, which allowed Clay to score, to pull the Roadrunners within two at the end of the third quarter.
But in the first possession of the final quarter the ODU lead was pushed back out to nine when Lawry managed a four yard run for the score. UTSA pulled back with a 25 yard pass from Sturm to Grubb before the lead was back with UTSA with 7:21 to play thanks to a 39 yard Daniel Portillo field goal.
But there was a quick response from the Monarchs as they were able to manage a 40-yard touchdown pass. That result came on the very next possession as Duhart received the ball and ran to restore the lead at 36-31.
The Roadrunners could have won the game late on as they were pushing and getting in to the red zone on two occasions. But for all of that work Old Dominion held them up well as the Roadrunners failed to convert four first downs, keeping it 36-31.