Texas football vs. UTSA: 3 reasons why the Horns will dominate Week 3

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This weekend, Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian take on head coach Jeff Traylor and the defending Conference-USA Champion UTSA Roadrunners. No. 21 ranked Texas will be looking to capitalize on the momentum they built up in the last two weeks, especially after playing more than well enough to beat head coach Nick Saban and the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Sep. 10.

Texas comes into this matchup against UTSA with a record of 1-1 (0-0 Big 12) after a tough one-point loss to Alabama last weekend. The only win on the season for the Longhorns came in the opener at home back on Sep. 3 against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, by the final score of 52-10.

Meanwhile, UTSA comes into this game sporting a record of 1-1 (0-0 C-USA) after knocking off the Army Black Knights in overtime in a tough game on the road. The sole loss on the season for the Roadrunners came at the hands of the Houston Cougars in their opener back on Sep. 3.

Why Ja’Tavion Sanders and Xavier Worthy can spark a big win for Texas football over UTSA

Here’s a look at three reasons why the Longhorns will dominate UTSA in Week 3.


Xavier Worthy can finally get his breakout game

Through the first two games of the season, we have yet to see star sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy really breakout. Worthy was more productive in Texas’ tough loss to Alabama on Sep. 10. Last weekend, Worthy registered five catches for 97 receiving yards and no touchdowns. That more than doubled his previous production, when he put up just two catches for 24 yards and no touchdowns in the win over the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on Sep. 3.

Against an athletically overmatched UTSA team, I believe Worthy is in a good spot to finally get in the end zone this weekend. Worthy was very close on multiple occasions last weekend to get his first score of the season, but he had one bad drop in the back of the end zone and fell a couple of yards short of the goal line on another catch.

UTSA doesn’t really have a defensive back capable of consistently covering Worthy, especially if Sark gets him moving around and in space early and often. I also think that with the quarterback issues the Longhorns are dealing with right now, Sark is going to rely on Worthy more so than in the prior two games.