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UTSA falls short in the Frisco Bowl 38-24

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The UTSA Roadrunners had a 12 win season.  The UTSA Roadrunners won the Conference USA Championship. Only 2 boxes went unchecked for the UTSA Roadrunners this year. On November 27th, UTSA lost to UNT 45-23 and could not go undefeated.  Tonight the Roadrunners had an opportunity to finish off a historic season with their first bowl victory against the SDSU Aztecs in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl.

That box will go unchecked for at least another year as UTSA fell to the Aztecs 38-24.

Rolling the the First

UTSA took control of the game early in the first quarter as they ripped off 79 rushing yards against the SDSU defense who had only allowed an average of 77.5 yards per game through the 2021 season.  While the Roadrunners looked dominant through the first quarter the Aztecs kept things tight only allowing UTSA to carry a 7 point lead into the second quarter.


However, UTSA seemed to veer away from the running game after the first quarter. “We probably weren’t committed to it as much. We got out of rhythm a little bit.” Head Coach Jeff Traylor said after the game.

Aztecs take control

SDSU took control through the second quarter and into the third with 17 unanswered points as Quarterback Lucas Johnson and Wide Receiver Jesse Matthews both set Frisco Bowl records at their respective positions. Johnson completed 24 of 36 attempts for 333 yards and 3 touchdowns posting a Quarterback rating of 171.9. Matthews pulled in 11 catches for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns.

UTSA players out

Through the last two weeks UTSA has watched as players have become unavailable for this game. “We were missing up to 25. Anywhere from grades to COVID to flu to NFL to injuries. It is what it is.” Traylor said.

“This last two weeks felt like last year. Every test your nervous. Every time a kid coughs you’re worried. Every time they have a fever you’re worried. it was very much deja vu.”

Traylor missed the Roadrunners Bowl game in Dallas last year after a positive COVID test held him out.

“I was glad to get to be here with them. It was a fantastic environment. Our fans were fantastic. Our kids competed.”

The Future

“At the day we did win the conference. We did get a ring. We didn’t win today but we are champions. you try to look at the positives.” Frank Harris said after the game.

Coach Traylor described the feeling as “frustrated and disappointed.” And he’s not ready to talk about the future just yet. “I’m not really in the mood to talk about the future right now. We’re just gonna be in the moment right now and jsut stay ticked off at the world a little while longer.”

The future is bright for the Roadrunners.  Frank Harris is poised to return next season and Traylor has set the bar high with a 19-7 record and the programs first conference championship in just 2 years at the helm.

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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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