Against Boise, the Eagles' five turnovers included two interceptions thrown by Lloyd and three lost fumbles. The Broncos cashed in with touchdowns off four of those.
"The biggest problem is just turnovers," Johnson said. "It's creating field position problems. It's creating time of possession problems. It's obviously equating into points. The average field position difference was about 22 yards and when you multiply that by how many possession exchanges there are, you get up into 300, 345, 350 yards of difference before the ball is even snapped.
"We're just not good enough right now to overcome that."
Miners coach Mike Price is sticking with senior Nick Lamaison, despite his 9-of-23, two-interception performance. Price does have precedent on which to draw.
"One of the finest men I've ever known was the president at Washington State, and I can remember asking me, 'Do you think you're staying with the quarterback too long? He hasn't played real great.' I said, 'I think I'm doing the right thing, and the right thing is to stick with Drew Bledsoe. He's just a freshman.'"
UTSA is undefeated in five games, beating reclassifying South Alabama, future Sun Belt program Georgia State and New Mexico State. The Roadrunners, playing in the Western Athletic Conference for a year, belted the Aggies 35-14 last week.
The first question: UTSA has drawn 30,416 and 25,742 in its two home games. How badly can its fans outnumber those of the lightly drawing Rice?
After gaining the first victory under coach Justin Fuente, the Tigers travel to East Carolina (3-3, 2-1) on Saturday.
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