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Monday, November 21, 2022

UTSA clinches C-USA regular season crown, championship game berth

UTSA players celebrate winning the Conference USA regular season title after defeating the Rice Owls 41-7 on Saturday. The Roadrunners will now host the C-USA Championship Game at the Alamodome on Friday, December 2. Photo by Jacob Hernandez

NOVEMBER 20, 2022 — UTSA forced three turnovers and Frank Harris broke his own school record for rushing yards in a game by a quarterback to lead the Roadrunners to a 41-7 victory over Rice, capturing the Conference USA regular season title on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon at Rice Stadium.

 

With their eighth consecutive win, the Roadrunners have clinched the right to host the C-USA Championship Game for the second straight year. That contest is now set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2, at the Alamodome against an opponent to be determined.

 

Harris carried seven times for 124 yards and a program record-tying three touchdowns to eclipse his own school standard of 123 set in his UTSA debut against UIW in 2019. It also marked the fifth straight game with a 100-yard rusher for the Roadrunners, who ran their record to 9-2 overall and 7-0 in the league for the second year in a row.

The Roadrunners came up with three takeaways on the day via fumble recoveries by brothers Dadrian and Donyai Taylor, as well as an interception by Clifford Chattman, giving UTSA eight forced turnovers combined over the last two contests.

 

Kelechi Nwachuku paced the defense with six tackles, a tackle for loss, one pass breakup and a forced fumble, while Trevor Harmanson had five stops, including a tackle for loss, to help the Roadrunners hold the Owls (5-6, 3-4) to just 230 yards of offense, a season low for an opponent. UTSA racked up 10 tackles for loss and surrendered just five rushing yards, the fourth-fewest for an opponent in team history and the sixth time allowing fewer than 10 rushing yards.

 

The Roadrunners stormed out to a 21-0 lead through the first quarter and never looked back.

 

Harris got loose on a scramble and sped down the left sideline for 63 yards to the house to get the visitors on the board first with 8:26 left in the opening frame.

 

On the Owls’ next possession, Nwachuku’s strip-sack caused a fumble that was scooped up by Donyai Taylor and returned eight yards to the 15-yard line. On the next play, Harris scored on a QB keeper to push the lead to 14-0.

 

UTSA again took advantage of a turnover, this one a fumble recovered by Dadrian Taylor that was forced by Jamal LigonZakhari Franklin then capped a seven-play, 44-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown reception, his 10th of the season.

 

The Roadrunners made it 28-0 after Oscar Cardenas hauled in a 16-yard TD pass from Harris with 59 seconds left in the opening half.

 

Jared Sackett drilled a 30-yard field goal early in the third quarter that came after an interception return from Chattman for the second straight game. Chattman also had a pair of pass breakups and four total tackles on the afternoon.

 

Harris called his own number on the next possession, scoring his third rushing touchdown of the day on a 16-yard scamper midway through the third to make it 38-0.

 

Sackett split the uprights from 36 yards later in the period to push the lead to 41 points before Rice broke the shutout on a 43-yard pass from AJ Padgett to Bradley Rozner early in the fourth quarter.

The Roadrunners will return home to host UTEP next Saturday, November 26. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game will air on Stadium (CW 35 in San Antonio) and Ticket 760 AM.


Events

Students of the clarinet studio will perform pieces written for clarinet choir.

Recital Hall, Main Campus

Join us for an engaging conversation with President Eighmy to learn more about UTSA’s progress to date on the strategic plan, the goals of the mid-point refresh process and its importance to the Roadrunner community. 

Buena Vista Theater (BV1.326), Downtown Campus

Join us for our annual Winterlude concert series featuring students from across all areas in the School of Music for a half-week of holiday cheer and delight. This three-day celebration continues to showcase both contemporary and traditional holiday works and will include performances by the UTSA Orchestra, Choirs, Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Lyric Theatre, and Dance Studio.

Recital Hall, Main Campus

Join us for our annual Winterlude concert series featuring students from across all areas in the School of Music for a half-week of holiday cheer and delight. This three-day celebration continues to showcase both contemporary and traditional holiday works and will include performances by the UTSA Orchestra, Choirs, Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Lyric Theatre, and Dance Studio.

Recital Hall, Main Campus

Lavender Graduation is a celebration of the academic accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ students.  Students are given a stole to wear for Commencement showing their pride.  This is a validation and celebration of each student and their identity.  The Lavender Student Leadership Award is presented during the celebration.

Denman Ballroom (SU 2.01.28,) Main Campus

Join us for our annual Winterlude concert series featuring students from across all areas in the School of Music for a half-week of holiday cheer and delight. This three-day celebration continues to showcase both contemporary and traditional holiday works and will include performances by the UTSA Orchestra, Choirs, Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Lyric Theatre, and Dance Studio.

Recital Hall, Main Campus

One of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, Ujima stands for collective work and responsibility.  This graduation celebration honors Black students and their academic accomplishments.  Students are given a custom stole to remind them to continue to work collectively to better the communities in which they work and live. The UJIMA Student Leadership Award is presented during the celebration.

HEB Student Union Ballrooms, Main Campus


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