The undefeated University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners are back at home Saturday, hosting winless University of Nevada at Las Vegas in their last nonconference game of the season. This will mark the first meeting between the two schools. UNLV plays in the Mountain West Conference.
UTSA Roadrunners (4-0) vs. UNLV Rebels (0-4):
Kickoff: 5 p.m. CDT
How to watch: Livestreamed on ESPN+
UNLV (0-4) is coming off a 38-30 loss against 18th-ranked Fresno State. The Rebels put up 433 yards of total offense and held a lead in the fourth quarter, but ultimately came up short on the road.
The Roadrunners got off to a slow start last week in Memphis, falling behind 21-0. They quickly figured things out on both sides of the ball and went on to outscore the Tigers 31-7. Hunter Duplessis’ 42-yard field goal as time expired lifted UTSA to a 31-28 victory and capped the largest comeback in school history.
What they’re saying:
UTSA Head Coach Jeff Traylor: “When we turn video on and start watching [UNLV’s] athletes, [UTSA players] will understand that they have really good athletes and are well-coached. They are a pro-like team. They are sophisticated and do a lot of schemes. They will give us all that we can handle on Saturday, and it is going to be a heck of a ball game.”
UNLV Head Coach Marcus Arroyo: “They’re [UTSA] obviously playing really well. They’re experienced. They’ve got a ton of seniors on their team. They did a great job last year [and] they were a bowl team. … What they do, they do really well. They’re a really good football team. … That’s why they’re undefeated right now.”
UTSA has won its last five games at the Alamodome. The Roadrunners’ rushing defense ranks 14th among FBS teams nationally, allowing opponents just 78 yards per game. The defense has given up just two rushing touchdowns.
UNLV is averaging 19.0 points and 265.3 yards of offense this season while allowing an average of 39.5 points and 468.8 yards per game. Head Coach Marcus Arroyo is 0-10 in his two seasons with the team.
Players to watch:
Junior running back Sincere McCormick ranks 11th in the nation in rushing yards per game at 113 and 20th in rushing touchdowns with five. His 42 carries last week set a school record)]. After drilling the 42-yard game winner, Hunter Duplessis was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season. He is perfect on 17 extra-points attempts and has converted 81.8% field-goal attempts, making 9 of 11.
UNLV runs most of its offense through running back Charles Williams, who is UNLV’s leading rusher with 356 yards, second in receiving yards with 105 yards, and leads the team in touchdowns with three. In the Rebels’ loss to Fresno State, Williams led the team in yardage with 102 rushing yards and 96 receiving yards.