Sincere McCormick ran for three touchdowns as the University of Texas at San Antonio remained unbeaten with a 45-16 victory over Louisiana Tech in a Conference USA game Saturday night in Ruston, Louisiana.  

McCormick had 113 yards on 23 carries to lead the Roadrunners (8-0 overall, 4-0 in Conference USA), who are off to their best start in the program’s history and ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press poll. Quarterback Frank Harris completed 12 of 20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns, both to wide receiver Zakhari Franklin, who caught five passes for 118 yards. 

While the Roadrunners scored 35 unanswered points, UTSA’s defense ensured the first victory in six games at Joe Aillet Stadium, registering 10 tackles for losses, six sacks, and forcing three turnovers.

“We just do our part, and we know the defense [is going to] take care of their part every time just like they did today,” Harris said. “We started out kind of slow on offense, but I think we finished kind of strong.”  

Louisiana Tech (2-5, 1-2) scored on its opening possession as quarterback Adam Kendall hit Smoke Harris with a 47-yard touchdown pass. But LA Tech had no answers for Franklin, whose first catch of the game was a 75-yard touchdown reception. After a Louisiana Tech field goal, a 2-yard touchdown run by McCormick put UTSA in front 14-10 with 14:22 remaining in the second quarter, and the Roadrunners never looked back. 

After allowing 158 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter, UTSA’s defense held the Bulldogs to 223 total yards and 9 rushing yards the remaining three quarters.

The Roadrunners went into halftime with a 21-10 lead.

UTSA linebacker Dadrian Taylor kept things going for the Roadrunners early in the second half with a 51-yard interception return to increase the lead to 28-10.

McCormick broke loose for a 47-yard touchdown run to make the score 35-10 with 13:46 to play, and then on the ensuing kickoff the UTSA special teams forced a fumble and set up the Roadrunners on the LA Tech 22-yard line. The Roadrunners capitalized on another McCormick touchdown from the one-yard line making the score 42-10. 

LA Tech answered with a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Austin Kendall to receiver Samuel Emilus in the fourth quarter, but a four possession 42-16 score with 9:31 remaining kept the game out of reach for the Bulldogs.  

UTSA kicker Hunter Duplessis kicked a 38-yard field goal to put the game away with a final score of 45-16. 

“It’s huge [being 8-0],” said UTSA Head Coach Jeff Traylor. “… To come in here right now moving into the new conference … we’ve got a lot of momentum right now.”

UTSA announced Thursday it would leave Conference USA to join the American Athletic Conference, although a date for the move hasn’t been set.

The Roadrunners have a bye week before traveling to El Paso to face the University of Texas at El Paso on Nov. 6. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

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Alejandro Martinez

Alejandro Martinez is a San Antonian studying finance at the University of Texas at San Antonio.