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Halftime Notes: UTSA 10 – MTSU 0

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The UTSA Roadrunners are up on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 10-0 at halftime as the two schools open up their Conference USA schedules today. A lead, however, should feel more positive than it really does.

Quarterback Frank Harris had quite the first half, completing 16 of his 22 pass attempts for 185 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. His favorite target of the afternoon has been Zakhari Franklin who is on pace for a record-setting afternoon. With his second 100-yard game of the young season, Franklin is just four receptions shy of tying his single-game record set last season against Army. He is also just 74 yards away from tying the school’s single-game record of 186 yards set by Greg Campbell Jr. in 2018.

The Roadrunners have done a lot of good, especially on defense. They held MTSU to just 56 yards of offense through the first half. UTSA has lived in the backfield, recording six tackles for loss, three of which were sacks. When the Roadrunners have needed a big stop, players have stepped up. One notable moment was a Corey Mayfield Jr. interception of Middle Tennessee’s quarterback Bailey Hockman in the endzone for a touchback.


Not All Positive

As good as the play has been, there have also been a lot of miscues. UTSA has been penalized five times for 50 yards, one of which was a facemask penalty that canceled out a Brenden Brady touchdown. That set off an unfortunate sequence of events that resulted in a Frank Harris interception that was returned 56 yards by MTSU cornerback Quincy Riley, setting up the Blue Raiders’ best field position of the day.

Extra Notes:

Head coach Jeff Traylor expects more out of his players and will likely harken things back to his five pillars, one of which tasks each young athlete to take accountability as they take the field for the second half.

One thing to watch for will be the use of running back Sincere McCormick who has had a quiet afternoon. As the Roadrunners look to salt this game with their 10-point lead, look for the rushing attack to play a bigger part. McCormick has 12 carries for 57 yards, the longest of which was an early 13-yard run.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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