New Mexico (1-3) at Texas-San Antonio (1-3) (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alamodome (72,000) -- San Antonio, Texas. Television: American Sports Network. Home Record: UNM 0-3, UTSA 0-1. Away Record: UNM 1-0, UTSA 1-2. Neutral Record: UNM 0-0, UTSA 0-0. Conference Record: UNM 0-1, UTSA 0-1. Series Record: Texas-San Antonio leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: A pair of 1-3 teams will try to get their seasons back on the right track in a non-conference bout on Saturday afternoon, as the New Mexico Lobos travel to the Alamodome to take on the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners.
New Mexico hosted Fresno State last Friday night in its Mountain West Conference opener and fell on the wrong end of a 35-24 decision, dropping to 1-3 in the process. The Lobos' lone win this season came in their only road game, beating rival New Mexico State on Sept. 20, 38-35.
UTSA opened up the season on a high note with a 27-7 road victory over Houston, but since then it has fallen into a tailspin with losses in three straight. The Roadrunners began their Conference USA slate of games last weekend at Florida Atlantic and fell on the wrong end of a 41-37 decision, coughing up a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in the process.
The teams met for the first time in the 2013 season opener, with UTSA coming away with a 21-13 win in Albuquerque.
The Lobos (27.2 ppg) operate a run-heavy offense, with 333.5 of their 423.8 ypg coming on the ground, and they boasted another strong rushing performance last week versus Fresno State with 285 yards.
Crusoe Gongbay set a career high with 163 yards on 28 carries the last time out, a performance which allowed him to take over the team lead in rushing (331 yards, two TDs). Jhurell Pressley (284 yards, three TDs) is also heavily involved.
Cole Gautsche, a big running threat under center (20 carries, 237 yards, two TDs), has missed two games due to injury and is questionable for this matchup with a hamstring issue. Lamar Jordan (14-of-21, 243 yards, three TDs, 107 rushing yards, TD) has impressed in Gautsche's absence.
Jeric Magnant (seven receptions, 78 yards, TD) and Teriyon Gipson (six receptions, 79 yards, TD) lead a modest receiving corps, although Gipson is questionable with an ankle injury.
New Mexico has not been up to par on the defensive side of the ball, allowing 541.8 ypg and 39.8 ppg. The unit surrendered 30 first downs and nearly 600 yards to Fresno State last week.
Dakota Cox has been a tackling machine with 44 stops and he also has one of the team's three interceptions. David Guthrie is the only other defender of note with 19 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
UTSA had its best offensive showing of the season its last time out, as it piled up 37 points and 412 yards in the loss to FAU to bring its season averages to 25.0 ppg and 307.5 ypg.
Tucker Carter has been modest at best under center, completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 672 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Blake Bogenschutz (8-of-14, 82 yards, INT) could be in line for more work if the struggles continue.
The team puts up a mere 119 rushing yards per game. David Glasco II (228 yards, four TDs) gets the majority of the work but averages just 3.6 yards per carry.
David Morgan II is Carter's preferred target in the passing game with 14 receptions for 196 yards and a score. He's the only player with more than 100 yards receiving.
The Roadrunners haven't played especially well on the defensive side of the ball either, allowing 29.2 ppg and 387.0 ypg.
Drew Douglas and Jens Jeters both have 24 tackles to lead the team, while Jeters has forced a fumble and recovered two others. Jason Neill creates pressure behind the line of scrimmage with 4.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks.
UTSA's biggest strength is its rushing defense, which allows just 118.2 ypg, so if it can keep New Mexico's ground game in check, it can expect to come out victorious on its home field.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas-San Antonio 30, New Mexico 27Game Date and Time
Saturday, October 4, 3:30 p.m. (ET)