WACO – The UTSA Roadrunners struggled to contain the high powered offensive of the Baylor Bears as they fell 63-14 in front of 40,274 fans at McLane Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears dominated on both ends of the ball, holding UTSA to just 266 yards of offense while posting 546 yards total offense, including 368 on the ground themselves.
“I’d have to watch the tape to tell you exactly how I feel, to be quite honest,” Baylor Head Coach Matt Rhule said. “But I liked their effort and their demeanor, and those are the things that really matter on game day. Nothing is ever going to be perfect, but if you have a great attitude and you keep coming back play after play, usually good things happen. And they certainly had the right look in their eye on the sideline.”
Baylor raced out to a 14-0 first quarter lead as quarterback Charlie Brewer connected with Denzel Mims for a 9-yard score before running it in from five yards out himself. Brewer and Mims found each other again, this time on a 30-yard completion for a score in the second quarter. The Bears’ special teams also went to work as Grayland Arnold returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, putting Baylor up 28-0.
Just before halftime, Brewer found Mims for the third time off a 26-yard pass to make it a 35-0 lead at the break for the Bears.
Brewer finished the afternoon by completing 12 of 16 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Backup quarterback Gerry Bohanon ran for a score and 96 yards as he led the way for the Bears in the rushing department.
Baylor added two more touchdowns after halftime before UTSA got on the board twice thanks to runs from Sincere McCormick from two and 54 yards out respectively.
“The reality is we didn’t do anything well in any aspect of the game,” UTSA Head Coach Frank Wilson said. “I thought our opponent got the better of us in all three, and you credit that to a very, very quality, talented, and well-coached team in Baylor.”
After having a standout debut last week against UIW, Roadrunners quarterback Frank Wilson struggled all afternoon long. He completed 15 of 24 passes for 93 yards while getting sacked three times.
“He needed this game,” Wilson said of Harris. “He needed the speed of this game to get up to par. I think he’ll learn from it. We’ve learned from it, and we’ll grow from it.”
The UTSA Roadrunners are now 1-1 on the season and will return to the field next Saturday when they welcome Army (1-1) to the Alamodome next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Central Time.