UTSA’s 2015 season ended in much the same way it started as the Roadrunners were heavily defeated, this time by Middle Tennessee on Saturday night. Bowl bound Middle Tennessee were impressive, dominating from start to finish in a 42-7 win.
Only one of the five touchdowns for Middle Tennessee came through the air, with Brent Stockstill managing 257 passing yards. The other touchdowns came from rushing plays, with Shane Tucker managing two touchdowns on his 456 yards of rushing.
After UTSA’s defense hold firm for much of the first quarter they finally conceded with 4:20 remaining in the first. The touchdown was Tucker’s first as he managed to make a run down the left 14 yards to make it 7-0 to the Blue Raiders.
That would be it for the first quarter but the second quarter was when things really opened up, as Middle Tennessee used a 13-play 75-yard drive to double their lead. The drive was capped when Jordan Parker managed a seven yard run through the middle to make it 14.
The very next Blue Raiders drive was extraordinarily similar, as they went 78 yards in 12 plays to extend their lead even further. It was the one passing touchdown of the night for Middle Tennessee from Stockstill as he found Terry Pettis with a seven yard pass making it 21-0 at halftime.
Middle Tennessee kicked on in the second half and the bad signs were there early for the Roadrunners. As they completed their first drive the punt was flagged for kick-catch interference which instantly gave Middle Tennessee good field positon.
That left the Blue Raiders with just 41 yards to get their fourth touchdown of the day and again it was Tucker who managed a run. It was a short three yard run, which made it 28-0 for Middle Tennessee with 11:53 to play in the third.
Right at the death of the third quarter the lead was extended even further thanks to an interception. Alex Dale was able to gather in the ball from a tipped pass and then return it for a 34 yard pick-six to make it 35-0.
With 8:48 to play, the visitors extended the lead yet again as Kamani Thomas was able to make a short five yard run. That made the score 42-0, clearly showing why Middle Tennessee will be heading to a bowl game.
There was something of a consolation for UTSA in the final stages as Sturm managed to find JaBryce Taylor with a 31 yard touchdown pass. It was a stunning take from Taylor who took it with one hand, to give UTSA something to smile about as their season came to a close.