What in the world did you just read? Yes, that’s right. A couple weeks back, @kwallpe came by the house and I couldn’t find my PS3 and I couldn’t find my football game but low and behold, I found it! So I wanted to do this. What, Big Cat can do it but I can’t? Mine will be better. No offense, of course.
What did I do? Okay, here’s where I’m at. I wanted to start as an offensive coordinator and I wanted to do it for the worst school on the game. I almost went to Idaho – Overall 65, Offense 64, and Defense 67; however, then I stumbled across UTSA who Overall was a 63, Offense 66, and Defense 63. And they had a one year contract versus 3 at Idaho.
So I am the Offensive Coordinator for the University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners. That’s right! Signed the contract. In this game, there are goals for your contract and job security. I started with a 41% job security – not great. Here are my 1 year goals:
- Win 6 games in one season
- 2400+ total offensive yards in one season
- 5+ passing TD in one season
- Win 4 games in one season
- 1000+ passing yards in one season
- 2000+ passing yards in one season
- 3+ rushing TD in one season
You have the ability to make your own schedule but I just left theirs as is for this year. I jumped right in and I play on the hardest level (Heisman) so it gave me some “warm up” games
- vs. FCS Southeast
- vs. FCS West
- vs. FCS East
- vs. FCS Northwest
- @ New Mexico State
- @ Rice
- vs. San Jose State
- vs. Utah State
- @ Louisana Tech
- vs. FCS Midwest
- @ Idaho
- vs. Texas State
Meet the Team:
QB Mike Coleman, number 8, RS JR. Star of the show.
HB Charles may, number 36, RS JR.
WR Steve McCollum, Number 9, JR
WR Shelton Collier, Number 1 RS SP (Sophomore)
WR Anthony Callahan, Number 84, RS SP (Sophomore)
WR Zach Mitchell, Number 12, JR
Let’s get to it!
Week 1 vs. FCS Southeast. Again, I was jumping in on the hardest difficulty so this was just a test to see how things went. FCS games are usually super easy. Being the OC, I was only playing offense and I control nothing on Defense or Special Teams. The FCS Southeast Cobras were fierce. Or at least their logo was. Coleman went 13/26 for a very average 50% completion, 250 yards, 3 TD and 2 INT. He was sacked 3 times. Now, I will tell you, my PS3 has some controller issues so one of those picks was BS – but I’m sure that will be a common theme. It glitches to where triangle is constantly pushed. It’s weird and takes several minutes to fix.
Charles May had 42 yards on 15 carries, 1 broken tackle and another erroneous controller fumble where he pitched the ball backwards without me pressing anything. But 2.8 YPC isn’t great.
I tried to paste WR numbers but it’s clunky so I’ll tell you Steven McCollum had 3 for 123 and 2 tuddies. Anthony Callahan also had a touch. 4 Drops on the day – a story we will follow all season – but those are the week 1 stats. A pedestrian 21-3 win for the UTSA Roadrunners in OC L. Mauer’s first game.
Week 2 vs. FCS West. A tough start in this game, early in the first quarter, star QB Mike Coleman scrambled and got tackled hard. He was down and out. An abdominal tear and out for 5 weeks. So Junior Anthony “Bush Man” Bush was forced to step in immediately. And boy did the Bush Man not disappoint. He just tossed 4 TDs with no INT on his way to a school record 303 yards.
Charles May rebounded with 72 yards on 21 carries, still a pedestrian 3.4 YPC but did notch his first TD. 4 different receivers caught TDs as Shelton Collier led the way with 107 yards. Overall, solid performance after the injury scare and UTSA wins 35-10 to improve to 2-0.
Week 3 vs. FCS East. Anthony Bush on his very first throw tossed a pick and would it rattle the Junior? Not really as he went on to go 17/34 for 363 yards (a new school record!) and 5 TDs with 3 picks. A lot of picks but that won’t slow down anytime soon (spoiler alert). Charles May getting 15 carries and 42 again, same as week 1 and the guy can’t break a run to save his life but he helps manage the game and the clock. Stevie McCollum had 3 for 105 and 2 TDs and Shelton Collier had 4 for 105 and a touch. Solid all around. This was a route.42-0. That’s 3-0 for the Roadrunners.
Week 4 vs. FCS Northwest. This was the first time all season that the UTSA Roadrunners trailed in a game. It was 7-0 FCS NW. But no fear. The Bush Man ended up tossing 3 TDs (3 INTs, also and was sacked 4 times) but that was enough. Charles May only had 7 carries (for 27 yards) but added a TD rushing and receiving as the Roadrunners won 28-7 to improve to 4-0. Quite the start for OC L. Mauer, but now the FCS games are done. It was this game that I figured out we have no kicker as we went for it from the 22. Not great.
Week 5 @ New Mexico State. This is the first conference game for UTSA and first road game. Boy could it have started better. In the first quarter, Bush had 3 picks and we were down 24-0. We were actually losing 38-0 in the 2nd quarter and I didn’t even have the controller to blame. Down 38-0, but then I scored. 38-7. Then again. 38-14. And again! 38-20…went for 2. Got it! 38-22. AGAIN! 38-29 but then NMSU got a quick TD. It was 44-29 with 1 minute left in the 3rd. 3 and out. Down 47-29 in the 4th and then down 50-43 with 1:14 left in the 4th. I dropped back (or Bush Man did), strip sack for a TD. That was the dagger. I scored again but lost 57-50 in such a wild game. Down 38-0 it felt good to come back but I couldn’t finish the job and the turnovers have to stop.
Anthony Bush went 19/40 for 592 yards (NEW SCHOOL RECORD!), 6 (SIX) TDs, 4 INTs, sacked 3 times. Charles May only rushed 3 times for 1 yard and a TD – but tough to get the ground game going when you’re down 38-0. The receivers obviously had a big day with Shelton Collier, E. Clark, and Anthony Callahan all going over 100 (164, 194, and 126 respectively and a combined 3 TDs. Steven McCollum added on 2 TDs but the group, as a whole, had 4 big drops. Through 5 games, the receivers have 14 drops. Not the best.
Steven McCollum has 13 catches for 8 TDs on the year, leading the team. Shelton Collier has 19 for 490 and 4. E. Clark has 13 for 397 and 3. Anthony Callahan leads the team with 4 drops and L. Hawthorne has 4 as well. Charles May has 61 rushes on the year for 184 yards, 4 TDs but the 3 YPC is a struggle for the offense. The backup QB is holding his own and there’s one more game before Mike Coleman is healthy again. What do I do? Can I beat a team other than the FCS schools who are garbage? UTSA is 4-1, stay tuned to see what happens the rest of the season.