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Five things UNT fans should know about UTSA

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

North Texas will take on Texas-San Antonio on Saturday in a critical Conference USA game for both teams.

UNT is atop the C-USA West Division standings at 2-0 and at 3-2 is halfway to becoming bowl-eligible with six wins. The Mean Green have won two straight and are coming off a bye. 

UTSA was one of the big stories early in the conference season after winning its first three games of the season and knocking off Baylor. There was talk of the Roadrunners having a chance to finish unbeaten before they suffered a stunning home loss to Southern Miss in their conference opener last week.

Here are five things UNT fans should know about UTSA:

1. The Roadrunners have one of the best defenses in C-USA

UTSA might have the best defense in C-USA. The Roadrunners are allowing just 18.0 points per game, a total that ranks behind only Marshall in the league. 

UTSA is particularly tough to throw the ball against. The Roadrunners' are allowing 143.8 passing yards per game, which is by far the best total in C-USA.

UTSA has held three of its four opponents to 17 points or less.

2. UTSA has two of the best defensive players in the league in their front seven

Two of the best defensive players in C-USA are members of UTSA's front seven on defense. Linebacker Josiah Tauaefa and defensive end Marcus Davenport were both preseason All-Conference USA selections and have lived up to their billing.

Davenport has two sacks and seven quarterback hurries to go along with 13 tackles, while Tauaefa has 16 tackles and three quarterback hurries.

3. Dalton Sturm is a threat at quarterback

UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm has made an impact both running and throwing the ball this season. Sturm is averaging 256.5 passing yards per game and is adding 49.5 rushing yards per game.

Sturm threw two touchdown passes in a win over UNT last year.

4. UTSA has had UNT's number throughout the series

UTSA played its first season in 2011 and has quickly become a thorn in UNT's side. The Roadrunners are 3-1 against the Mean Green all-time.

UTSA's 21-13 win over UNT in 2013 was particularly painful for the Mean Green. UNT had a shot at playing in the C-USA title game before a loss to the Roadrunners knocked the Mean Green out of the race near the end of the season.

5. UTSA has the ability to control the clock

No team in C-USA holds on to the ball like UTSA. The Roadrunners lead the league in time of possession at 35:31 per game.

UTSA has held the ball for more than 35 minutes in all but one of their four games so far this season. The Roadrunners had a 16-play, eight-minute drive in their win over Baylor.

UNT cannot afford a lot of three-and-out possessions.

FEATURED PHOTO: Texas-San Antonio coach Frank Wilson talks to his players before a game against Southern on Sept. 16 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (Eric Gay/AP)