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UTSA moves to 7-0 after a 45-0 win over Rice

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Coming into the 2021 season the UTSA Roadrunners had never shut out an opponent.  After Saturday’s Homecoming matchup with the Rice Owls, the Roadrunners have shut out their opponent twice.  UTSA dominated the Owls 45-0.

Offense, on point

UTSA came off a huge offensive performance last week in their 52-46 with over WKU.  Some wondered if their might be a let down as they came back home to take on Rice. “I was more worried than they were.” Head Coach Jeff Traylor said, talking about his players and their focus throughout the week.

On offense the Roadrunners put together 142 passing yards and 261 yards on the ground along with 4 touchdowns.  Quarterback Frank Harris was 12 for 19 for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran for 47 yards and a touchdown in 3 quarters of play.


Running Back Sincere McCormick rushed for 117 yards. Joshua Cephus lead the the team in receiving with 63 yards and 2 touchdowns. “Number zero threw great balls all day… Frank Harris, if y’all don’t know.” Cephus said.

Dominant Defense

The Roadrunners defense dominated the Owls throughout the night holding Rice to 102 yards and pitched their second shut out in the programs history. On top of that, the UTSA defense was not content to allow the offense to do all the scoring. Trevor Harmanson returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown in the first half. Corey Mayfield returned a second half interception 49 yards. “This game was probably the funnest game of the year, to be honest.” Mayfield said.

Conference Call

UTSA finds itself at an open week for the first time in Jeff Traylor’s 2 seasons as Head Coach at 7-0 and 2-0 in the conference. “We played straight through last year. We played 7 games in a row. That’s a grind.” Traylor said. But test wait on the other side of the open week. On October 23rd the Roadrunners will take on Skip Holtz and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs who are 2-3 and 1-0 in conference play. “Skip Holtz is a really good coach. They’ve been winning a really long time.” Traylor said. The next week UTSA travels to El Paso to take on the 5-1(2-0) UTEP Miners.  Two weeks later the Roadrunners welcome the 5-2(2-0) UAB Blazers.

Crowd Control

27,515 UTSA fans packed the Dome for this game. “It was loud.” Harris said. “We appreciate every body coming out to support us.”

The next home game is November 13th against the 1-6(0-3) Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.

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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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