UTSA vs Kansas State : The Kansas State Wildcats will host the UTSA Roadrunners in week three action Saturday afternoon from the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Get a summary of the UTSA Roadrunners vs Kansas State Wildcats football game.
NCAA College Football
UTSA vs Kansas State
Date : Saturday, 15 September
Kansas State and UTSA will meet for the second time ever and the second time in three seasons when the two teams meet on Saturday. The Wildcats won the lone meeting in the series, a 30-3, victory in 2015 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The UTSA Roadrunners were very competitive for a majority of the game in their 37-20 home loss to Baylor last week to drop to 0-2. Cordale Grundy completed 17 of 31 passes for 150 yards with one TD against one INT. The junior quarterback is in his first season after transferring over from junior college, and he has only completed 51% of his passes for 344 yards in two games.
B.J. Daniel was a bright spot in last week’s defeat, recording 90 rushing yards on 16 carries, and he leads UTSA with 114 yards in two games. Greg Campbell Jr. has enjoyed a strong start to the year, bringing in eight grabs for 96 yards after collecting 300 receiving yards in 2017. While the Roadrunners do feature a strong running game, they will be up against a strong rush defense, and their passing game will need to step up in this matchup. UTSA has tallied a total of 27 points in their first two games.
The Roadrunners defense has struggled in their first two games. They squandered a whopping 403 rushing yards last week, and they are clearly missing defensive star Marcus Davenport who was drafted to the NFL. UTSA was outstanding defensively last year, holding opponents to 17 points per game, good for seventh in the nation. UTSA has a very challenging non-conference schedule which included a 49-7 loss to Arizona State in their season opener.
The Kansas State Wildcats could not solve the Mississippi State defense in their 31-10 home loss last weekend to even their record to 1-1. Skylar Thompson only tallied 86 passing yards in the defeat. The sophomore QB isn’t the clear-cut starter as Alex Delton saw a good chunk of action in week one, and it will be interesting to see who emerges as the QB as the season unfolds.
Alex Barnes has fared well through two games, amassing 178 rushing yards. The junior RB will face a challenge against a tough UTSA defense this week. Dalton Schoen leads the Wildcats with 88 receiving yards in two games and he will be leaned on heavily all season. The Wildcats offense could take time to gel this season with two QB’s still competing to prove themselves as the #1 QB. They have scored a combined 37 points in two games.
The Kansas State defense did hold up reasonably well against a strong Mississippi State offense last week, especially against the pass. Last week’s performance against the pass was an encouraging sign considering their pass defense ranked near the bottom of the country in 2017. While the Wildcats defense will be up against a much weaker offensive team this week, they will still need to be sharp against a UTSA team that played Baylor tough last week.