SAN ANTONIO – The UAB Blazers (5-1, 2-1) spoiled a milestone afternoon by defeating the UTSA Roadrunners 33-14 in front of a record-low attendance of 15,728 fans at the Alamodome on Saturday afternoon.
The loss is the fourth in their last five games for the Roadrunners, who have not had a convincing victory since defeating the UIW Cardinals 35-7 to open the season. Roadrunners quarterback Lowell Narcisse ran for 89 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter to cut the deficit to two points but that’s as close as UTSA got.
“The momentum would swing from one side to the other,” UTSA head coach Frank Wilson said. “I thought — you look at the difference in a year make that the gap was certainly closed but still not there, still not finding a way to get the win, but a much more competitive game that positioned ourselves to take the lead, to make it a two-point game.”
Narcisse finished with 8 completions for 94 passing yards on the afternoon as well as led the team in rushing.
The afternoon belonged to UAB quarterback Tyler Johnston, who completed 17 of 26 passes for 294 yards and a touchdown. Austin Watkins had six receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown.
Things won’t get any easier for the Roadrunners, who will play a tough Rice Owls team desperate for a win.
“We’ve got a big game,” Wilson said. “We’ll watch the film and be ready to play Rice.”
The UTSA Roadrunners are now 2-4 (1-2, C-USA) on the season and will return to the field next weekend to face the Rice Owls (0-6, 0-2) at 5 p.m. from the Alamodome.