The annual Fiesta tradition of UTSA’s spring game was played on Saturday afternoon at the Alamodome. Blue won the game on the back of a strong second half performance where they racked up most of their yardage before sealing the 20-14 win.
Blue managed 228 total yards of offense, 168 of those coming in the second half, as they just got past Orange late in the game. Jaylon Henderson was the main man for Blue as he managed 176 passing yards, most notably a 48-yard pass to Aron Taylor to get Blue’s scoring started.
The main target for Henderson was Brett Winnegan who received three passes from his quarterback. That saw him manage 43 yards, in addition to 20 yards on the ground, rushing in the touchdown that would give Blue the win.
Dalton Sturm was serving as quarterback for Orange and he managed 179 yards, 133 of which came through the air. Under Sturm, Orange managed two touchdowns in the first half to give his side a 14-0 lead going in to the break.
JaBryce Taylor was the lead receiver for either team, hauling in seven receptions for 84 yards, the best a 38 yard athletic grab from Sturm. While the most notable defensive display came from JaColbie Butler who managed five tackles and an interception.
It took just two possessions for Orange to hit the lead as they went on an 8-play 62 yard drive, with their second chance of the day. It ended with a five yard dash over the line through Jalen Rhodes ending a strong drive from Orange.
After a strong defensive performance from both teams, the next real opportunity for either side didn’t come until midway through the second quarter. A fumble from Tyrell Clay was recovered by Josiah Tauafea, allowing Orange an opportunity.
A 14 yard flea-flicker pass put Orange in to position as Sturm found Kerry Thomas Jr. to get Orange to the 36 yard line. An 11 yard carry from Sturm then set things up for a quick three yard dash from Rhodes to make it 14-0 with just over two minutes to play in the half.
On the very first possession of the second half, Blue cut the gap to just one converted touchdown thanks to a stunning pass. Taylor threw a 48 yard stunner for Thompson to score their first touchdown of the game.
Blue would instantly challenge the Orange lead on the very next drive, as Henderson managed an 11 yarder to Dannon Cavil and then rushed for another 11 to get Blue to the 19. That allowed Derrick Dart to rush and get Blue to within a yard, allowing Corbin White to dive over and tie the scores.
With four minutes left in the game it was left to Brett Winnegan, at fourth and inches, to get the win for Blue as he scrambled over the line. Hope was left for Orange as they blocked the extra-point attempt, but it didn’t matter as Blue held on for the win.