The Monarchs enter the week in desperation mode and hungry for a victory after enduring an eight-game losing streak. Meanwhile, UTSA has bounced back to win two of their last three conference games to come in with a 2-2 record in C-USA play. Can the Roadrunners keep their momentum going on the road against a struggling Old Dominion team on Saturday?
Narcisse hurts thumb, but expected to play vs. ODUThe bye week didn’t seem to do UTSA any good last week, as they were wallopped 45-14 on the road against Texas A&M last week. Lowell Narcisse completed 7-of-14 passes for 90 yards and led the team in rushing with 54 yards and score before getting injured in the third quarter. Jordan Weeks took over and threw for 48 yards and an interception, as the Roadrunners were outgained 505 to 231 in terms of total offense on the day. UTSA had no answer for freshman running back Isaiah Spiller, who rumbled his way to 217 yards and three scores on only 20 carries against the Roadrunners’ defense. While the game wasn’t close, the Aggies were 38.5-point favorites. After the game, head coach Frank Wilson said that he believes Narcisse will be able to return next week against Old Dominion.
A 6-foot-3 sophomore, Narcisse has earned sole possession of the starting quarterback job for the Roadrunners, thanks to his ability to move the chains with his feet. In his last C-USA game, Narcisse threw for 212 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, and he’s been flashing better decision-making ability as the unquestioned starter. If Narcisse is able to go versus Old Dominion, it will be interesting to see if he will be hampered by the thumb injury that he suffered last week. Sincere McCormick leads the team in rushing with 610 yards and six touchdowns on 5.6 yards per carry.
On defense, UTSA has surrendered 33.4 points and 407.5 yards of total offense per game. However, they had been flashing improvements on that side of the ball prior to last week’s loss. In their previous three games, the defense allowed just 25.3 points per contest.
Monarchs turn to true freshman quarterbackOld Dominion lost their eighth straight game last week, falling on the road to Florida International 24-17. True freshman quarterback Hayden Wolff made his first career collegiate start versus FIU and played well, throwing for 169 yards and an interception in the loss. Lala Davis ran for 58 yards and a score on six carries while Robert Washington also added a touchdown on the ground for Old Dominion, which mustered just 233 yards of total offense and committed two turnovers on the day. Tasked with marching from his own 9-yard line on the game-tying touchdown drive, Wolff was picked off deep in Monarchs’ territory to seal their fate.
Junior college transfers Stone Smart and Messiah deWeaver started at quarterback in Old Dominion’s first eight games, but neither was particularly effective. With the team mired in a long losing streak, head coach Bobby Wilder opted to give Wolff a chance in the first of ODU’s final four games. Since he will only appear in the final four games of the season, the true freshman quarterback will be able to redshirt and retain an extra year of college eligibility.
A 3-star prospect from Venice, Florida, Wolff turned down some high-profile schools, including Kentucky, to come to Old Dominion. He leads an offense that has averaged only 14.8 points (126th in FBS) and 237.2 yards of total offense per contest, which ranks dead-last in the nation.
On defense, the Monarchs have surrendered 28.7 points and 359.6 yards of total offense per contest. Old Dominion has started 46 different players this season, which is tied for the most in the nation.
- Roadrunners are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Roadrunners are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games on fieldturf.
- Roadrunners are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Monarchs are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Monarchs are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games in November.