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Grades for UTSA game

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OFFENSE: B

A lot of things to pick at. The Herd didn’t score the touchdown on the first short-field drive, things bogged down in the third quarter, Rakeem Cato was sacked 5 times and running the ball seemed tougher than expected. But there were four long drives, including an impressive door-slammer down the stretch.

DEFENSE: A

Exactly what more do you want? 254 total yards, 3 turnovers, 2 in the first 2 series, holding UTSA to a field goal on first-and-goal at the 7. A year ago, this was a dream.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B

Tyler Williams’ punting is worrisome these days — is he leg-weary? Otherwise, there was a 48-yard kickoff return, two punt returns of 25-plus, six more touchbacks and no penalties. Got to take it.

QUARTERBACKING: B

On Cato’s one fumble, he was just plain smacked, but he was getting by with shaky ball security on several runs. Didn’t lose his cool despite 5 sacks, and despite having a raggedy week of practice. 22 of 32 for 279, 2 TDs, no picks … that will do fine.

COACHING: A-

Messed up the end of the first half, I thought, and got by with being conservative in the second half. But how about that defensive preparation? UTSA’s offense looked bad because MU made it look bad. Give Chuck Heater the game ball.

OVERALL: A-

34-10 win in a conference game. If you’re griping about it, loosen up.