The UTSA Roadrunners (4-0) welcomed in the the UNLV Rebels (0-4) to the Alamodome and squeaked out a 17-10 lead at the half.
Frank Harris and his offense took the field to start off the game but a quick 3 and but the Rebels stalled at midfield. The Runners took 14 plays to move the ball 92 yards and capped the drive with a 9 yard touchdown from Harris to Joshua Cephus to take a 7-0 lead. Cephus deserved the touchdown as he was responsible for 44 of the Runners 92 yards, however he would be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct as he shared a high five with UTSA fans.
The Rebels took advantage immediately with a 63 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Cameron Friel to Steve Jenkins on their first play from scrimmage to tie the score at 7.
The Rebels moved down the field but a big third down sack from Dadrian Taylor forced a field goal attempt that sailed through the uprights to give UNLV a 10-7 lead.
Dadrian Taylor ate his Wheaties this morning and must've had some for lunch too. #BirdsUp🤙
— Jonas Clark (@jarkclonas) October 2, 2021
Hunter Duplessis added a 30 yard field goal on the next drive to tie things up at 10.
As the half half wound down the Runners worked their way down the field, scoring on a Sincere McCormick run to take the 17-10 lead into the locker room.
Home Field Advantage
Much was made of UNLV coach Marcus Arroyo dismissal of the atmosphere in the Alamodome.
UNLV Head Coach Marcus Arroyo was asked this week if he’s talked to his team about the atmosphere in the Alamodome: “No, should I?” pic.twitter.com/AmOWefBmJ2
— JJ Perez (@theJJPerez) September 29, 2021
The UTSA crowd forced 3 False Start penalties in the first half. The final one pushed UNLV back and led to a UTSA interception on the next play.
— Phillip Higginbotham (@Phil_guard) October 2, 2021
Holes in the Offense
UTSA stand out Wide Receiver Zakhari Franklin did not start today and has not been a presence for the Runners. There has also been some shuffling along the Roadrunners Offensive Line and UNLV has taken advantage to put extra pressure on Harris. Despite that UTSA leads 17-10