Simply put, you’re a UTSA fan looking ahead to week 2, here are 12 things you need to know right now:
1. At last week’s game against Arizona, Redshirt freshman QB, Blake Bogenschutz, broke UTSA’s single-game school record for passing yards with a game-high 332. He also added 31 yards on the ground to surpass the school’s single-game standard for total yards with 363.
2. Tight End David Morgan II, Bogenschutz main target, had a record nine passes for 109 yards, including a 6-yard TD in the second quarter.
3. Coach Coker talked this week about the upcoming game against Kansas State. He knows why K-State’s coach, Bill Snyder, has been keeping his eye on UTSA’s very talented (red-shirt freshman) quarterback. In fact, Bill Snyder used the word ‘poised‘ to describe QB Bogenshutz. Coach Coker replied:
“I think it’s well said. That’s exactly what I would have said,” Coach Coker said. “Especially with a young player, a redshirt freshman, on the road, in a tough environment, against a good team…(regarding the loss against Arizona) We were right in the mix. The fumbles, the returns for touchdowns, those type of things really took their toll, of course, but Blake, for a freshman, was exceptional.”
4. When asked about UTSA’s offensive line this season, Coker said, “We’re much improved on the offensive line. Experience wise, we lost five players. Talent wise and coaching wise, I think we really stepped up a level.”
5. Coach Coker had this to say about Kansas State’s Coach Bill Snyder’s team: “… they’re well coached, they don’t make mistakes, they don’t beat themselves and they have bought into his system.”
6. Head coach Bill Snyder currently has 188 career victories, which are 149 more than any other coach in program history. Snyder ranks second in the FBS in wins among active coaches at their current schools.
7. Kansas State opened its season with a 34-0 victory against South Dakota last Saturday. Last season the Wildcats finished with a final national ranking of No. 18 after posting a 9-4 overall record (7-2 Big 12).
8. UTSA Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics, Lynn Hickey is a member of the Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame, inducted back in 2004. Hickey compiled a 125-39 overall record from 1979-84 as the head coach of the women’s basketball program. She owns the school’s best winning percentage and her 125 victories rank third all-time. She guided each of her five teams into the postseason, reaching the Elite Eight of the 1982 NCAA Tournament and the Sweet 16 of both the 1983 and 1984 NCAA Tournaments. Hickey coached the Wildcats to a pair of Big Eight Conference titles (1983, ’84) and the league’s tournament championship in 1984. Three of her teams finished with top-20 rankings, including a No. 7 finish by the 1984 squad.
9. The Wildcats are the nation’s best in non-offensive touchdowns over the last 15-plus seasons as they have 97 since 1999.
10. Kansas State QB Joe Hubener fumbled against South Dakota and nearly lost two other turnovers. Hubener stepped after Jesse Ertz went out with an injury last week (Ertz will not be playing against UTSA). On the road, Hubener may be frazzled. K-State is a big favorite, but UTSA has an explosive offense. This game could end up closer than some expect.
11. UTSA’s non-conference schedule is arguably one of the nation’s toughest. The schedule includes Arizona (PAC 12), Kansas State this Saturday, Oklahoma State Sept. 19, (both in the Big 12 Conference) and Colorado State (Mountain West Conference) on Sept. 26.
12. The football odds have UTSA as a 17 point underdog.
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