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UTSA Stays Perfect with a 27-17 win over USM

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UTSA stays perfect with a 10-0 record after a 27-17 win over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.

 

The Roadrunner returned to the Alamodome after nearly a month away to 30,105 fans, many dressed in orange. But while the Runners were favored by 33 points the Golden Eagles came out with a game plan that left UTSA on their heels.


Wildcatting

USM made the decision to put the ball in the hands of their best player Frank Gore Jr. Gore is a Running back for the Golden Eagles. However, he took direct snaps at the QB position throughout the first half until he got banged up.  The game plan worked. Gore rushed for 123 yards and passed for 33 yards. More importantly, the Golden Eagles took the lead in the 2nd quarter and kept pace with the Roadrunners throughout the game.

“Tons of credit to Coach Hall and Southern Miss. They had a perfect game plan. Snapping the ball on one and snapping it to one of the best players in the conference.” Coach Traylor said.

Sputtering Offense

The UTSA offense has been in control through the last few weeks of play. But against USM the offense struggled throughout the game. Frank Harris completed 17 of 30 for 227 yards.  He had 2 touchdowns but also had 2 interceptions.

“As offense we came out playing not up to our standard. Myself included.” Harris said.

But Head Coach Jeff Traylor isn’t worried too much. “Frank is a winner. He’s the quarterback and his team won the game. That’s what most important.”

Defensive Stand

UTSA entered the 4th quarter with a tied game at 17 and while the offense continued to struggle, the defense sealed the game for the Runners forcing 3 turnovers and giving Harris and his squad a short field leading to 10 points.

“You’ve just got to really buy into the triangle and I think we did a great job of that tonight. Just keep on giving them the ball as much as we can and they picked it up in the second half.” Rashad Wisdom said.

Home Cooking

The Alamodome crowd didn’t expect the dogfight they witnessed but they got involved and helped the Runners secure the win. USM committed 7 false start penalties, 5 delay of game penalties and had trouble at times snapping the ball.

“The crowd was amazing tonight.” Wisdom said. “It really was an advantage for us.”

All the Marbles

UTSA stays home this week and welcomes in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers. The Blazers come into San Antonio off a big win over Marshall on the road and with a 7-3 record. But with a 5-1 conference record UAB looks to snatch the West division lead from UTSA with a win.

“We’ve played a lot through the years and they’ve been getting the better.” Cornerback Antonio Parks said. “It’s one of those games where you’re looking for a little revenge.”

“We had a terrible, terrible taste in our mouth last year when we left Birmingham.” Traylor said. “To be the champs you have to beat the champs. The Champs are coming here Saturday. And they’ve won it 3 times in a row.”

UTSA and UAB square off t=in the Alamodome on Saturday, November 20th at 2:30pm.

 

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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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