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Baylor outlasts UTSA 37-20

The Roadrunners show improvement but lack the firepower on offense to hold pace with Baylor and quarterback Charlie Brewer.

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Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer had himself a day in the cool confines of UTSA’s Alamodome, throwing for 328 yards, three touchdowns and completing 23 of his 34 pass attempts. Wideout duo Jalen Hurd and Denzel Mims proved virtually unstoppable for UTSA’s cornerbacks as each receiver hauled in eight receptions for a combined 269 yards.

Baylor head coach Matt Rhule ordered a fast-paced offense on the day, but despite the high stat-line, UTSA managed to keep the game within reach for the majority of the contest.

The Roadrunners hovered within two possessions throughout most of the evening and made things very interesting to start off the fourth quarter. Last week against Arizona State, UTSA’s offense was unable to garnish results or sustain a single drive during meaningful gameplay. That was much improved versus Baylor as the Roadrunner offense produced four scoring drives, three of which occurred in the first half. Offensive coordinator Al Borges showed that the unit is capable of being diligent and disciplined to work within the game clock.

UTSA had slow, methodical drives downfield that took upwards of six minutes off the clock. They were also able to deliver a quick-strike touchdown before the half, with only 40 seconds of time to use.

Roadrunner quarterback Cordale Grundy demonstrated his steadfastness at the helm, completing 18 of his 33 passes for 157 yards to nine different receivers. Senior wide receiver Greg Campbell Jr. was his primary target, hauling four catches for 62 yards and some big first down efforts. Junior receiver Blaze Moorhead also had four receptions, including a ten-yard touchdown catch to bring UTSA within one possession at the start of the fourth quarter.

Considering how horrendous UTSA’s offensive line protection was, Grundy played quite well. His pocket collapsed by the time he caught the snap and often had to evade several pass rushers. That said, he cannot continue to throw interceptions on the opening drive of the game, as he has done twice now.

Where the Roadrunners really got some offensive push was in starting running back B.J. “The Freeway” Daniels, who averaged a whopping 5.6 yards per carry. A tremendous talent, Daniels' size and power was on full display against the Bears. He runs like a freight train downfield and did some quality trucking Saturday.

All in all, the offense was much more cohesive than last week, and fans should feel much better about the unit.

Defensively, UTSA delivered as expected. A ferocious pass rush forced nine tackles for loss and three sacks. Tackle distribution was more spread out with six guys hauling in over five tackles. Sophomore defensive end Lorenzo Dantzler produced the Roadrunners’ play of the game with his strip sack before the end of the first half, which led to a Daniels rushing touchdown.

Though pass coverage and cornerback play was still a liability, Baylor didn’t gash UTSA’s secondary nearly as bad as ASU. It is still difficult to gauge where the unit is considering the talent gap they have been up against, but it’s safe to say UTSA’s defense relies on its strong upfront then trickles down significantly going into the secondary.

The Roadrunners were a vast improvement from Week 1. They remained competitive throughout the game and and showed good offensive cohesion. Schematically, UTSA’s play calling was constant with where the game clock was, and that is what fans should be most excited about.

Also, Jared Sackett is one of the best placekickers in college football. UTSA’s sophomore drilled 46 and 47 yard field goals right between the eyes. The 47 yard is his new career long.

With the loss UTSA falls to 0-2, but the brutal Power 5 streak comes to an end next week as UTSA takes on Kansas State in Manhattan on Fox Sports.