Texas San-Antonio is still a relative unknown in college football, with the program one game into its third season.
But Saturday, a handful of Oklahoma State players will recognize a few Roadrunners from their Texas high school football days.
UTSA linebacker Blake Terry was a teammate of Cowboy quarterback J.W. Walsh and receiver Josh Stewart at Denton Guyer. OSU safety Zack Craig played with UTSA offensive linemen Cody Harris and Payton Rion at Smithson Valley. Cowboy fullback Teddy Johnson was a teammate of safety Nic Johnston, running back Evans Okotcha and cornerback Bennett Okotcha at Coppell. OSU freshman safety Tre Flowers and UTSA running back Jarveon Williams both played at Converse Judson.
“They're going to be chomping at the bit to come at us and come prove something,” Walsh said. “I think we're going to have to prepare and be ready for that.”
GUNDY STILL KEYING IN ON DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS
Defense was the talk of OSU's 21-3 victory over Mississippi State. And rightfully so, coach Mike Gundy said.
Yet Gundy still could single out areas that need to improve, particularly ones that stem from the Cowboys' first quarter against the Bulldogs.
“We didn't tackle very well at times in the secondary, which is an issue we have in our style of practice,” Gundy said. “Traditionally, that gets better as the season goes on, because they play more games and there's more active tackling for those guys on the second level … We need to make some improvement in our early first-quarter pass rush. We weren't getting to the quarterback.
“They did a great job (Saturday). They've got a long ways to go.”
CHELF REMAINS POSITIVE ON TWITTER
Clint Chelf hasn't spoken publicly since being replaced by Walsh as OSU's starting quarterback.
He has expressed himself on social media, however, especially when a false rumor started circulating Tuesday that he had quit the team.
“haha yeah that's a pretty lousy rumor…” Chelf posted in response to three other users. “Still here.”
Earlier in the week, Chelf replied to a user that “it's a long season, I know that more than anyone,” presumably alluding to the Cowboys' 2012 quarterback carousel that saw Chelf rise from third-stringer to the starter for the final five games.
Gundy on true freshman Ben Grogan's first field-goal attempt, a 49-yarder that was blocked and nearly returned for a touchdown: “To use a golf term — and I don't play golf — but (it's like) when you don't hit the ball very well, you try to just hit it straight and then it doesn't work. You are trying to hit it straight instead of just swinging. He was trying to get it through there. It was his first time out, so he'll be fine. He'll improve, he'll relax, but that was a low kick.”
ALAMODOME TO CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY
This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Alamodome, a venue that has hosted the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, the Alamo Bowl, three NCAA Final Fours, three Big 12 Championship Games, the 1996 NBA All-Star game and several other notable events throughout its history. Now, of course, it's home to UTSA football.
Community members who were instrumental in voter approval and construction of the Alamodome will be honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday, while a halftime video will showcase significant moments that have taken place inside the facility.