UTSA played their final game of the regular season and were able to beat North Texas to the tune of 49-17. This was a fun win on senior day and could help propel UTSA into the conference championship. This victory earned the Roadrunners their seventh win of the season. This total matches the most wins the team has had in its short history. UTSA won seven games in 2012 under Larry Coker which was also the Roadrunner’s first year in Conference USA. Check out UTSA Earns Seventh Victory for more coverage.
UTSA Earns Seventh Victory
UTSA is still sitting at first place in Conference USA West with a 7-4 record. The Roadrunners relied heavily on Sincere McCormick to get them the victory. However, Frank Harris had a big bounce-back game following a tough outing against Southern Mississippi. Harris completed 19 of his 24 passes for 144 yards and two touchdown passes on Saturday. However, he was much more efficient on the ground. He carried the ball six times for 113 yards and one rushing score. The Roadrunners were unstoppable and looked like a different beast against UNT. UTSA put up 624 total yards of offense in this game; setting a school record. Bottom line, this was a historic day for the Roadrunners.
UTSA struck first in this victory. Harris was able to turn a 19-yard run into a touchdown following a long nine-play, 80-yard drive with just under three minutes remaining in the first quarter. This was the calm before the storm. UTSA began to pour it on in the second quarter. Harris would soon complete an eight-yard pass for seven points to Joshua Cephus. This would give UTSA a 14-0 lead. However, UNT had some firepower of their own. UNT would turn a 75-yard pass and catch into seven points only 12 seconds after UTSA had scored. But the fireworks did not end there. McCormick would break away for a 65-yard touchdown run 32 seconds after UNT had scored. The Roadrunners looked to break the game wide open and that is exactly what they did. Harris would complete a 15-yard touchdown pass to De’Corian Clark with just over one minute remaining in the half which gave UTSA the 28-7 lead.
UNT would open the scoring in the second half after a 15-play drive that resulted in only three points. UTSA would score their fifth touchdown within two minutes of UNT’s field goal. Brenden Brady would score his first of the day which was set up by a Harris 71-yard run. UTSA’s lead would be extended to 35-10. McCormick would later find the endzone after an 18-yard run with just under a minute gone in the fourth quarter. Seven minutes later B.J. Daniels would also find the endzone. This would extend UTSA’s lead to 49-10. The Roadrunners had four different players rush for a touchdown on Saturday.
UTSA’s defense has been sneakily great all season. They have 18 takeaways and 11 interceptions this season which leads Conference USA. Antonio Parks and Jamal Ligon have both been named defensive players of the week for Conference USA as well. UTSA has been dominant for most of the season. The Roadrunners rank 43rd in the country in points against, allowing only 26 points/game. This is a huge improvement from the previous season in which they ranked 112th in the nation by allowing 33.9 points/game. UTSA was ranked 22nd in the nation in regard to interception totals, before Saturday’s game against UNT.
Sincere Continues Stellar Performance
McCormick is running away with the Conference USA player of the year. He is the heavy front runner at this point and rightly so. He carried the ball 17 times for 188 yards and one touchdown in the first half on Saturday. McCormick would finish the game with 251 rushing yards on 23 carries and two rushing scores. McCormick is putting up video game numbers in his first season with Jeff Traylor. The fast-paced nature of Traylor’s offense is really benefitting McCormick’s production. He currently has nine 100-yard rushing games for the Roadrunners which is a school-record. Furthermore, he set the single-game rushing record for UTSA with those 251 rushing yards. Also, McCormick retook the NCAA rushing leader title against UNT. He now leads all FBS with 1,345 rushing yards.
It is safe to say this kid is a beast.