The University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners broke into both national football polls this week for the first time, landing at No. 24 in the Associated Press media poll and No. 25 in the USA Today coaches poll. This week, the Roadrunners travel to Ruston, Louisiana, to face the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. It’s the 10th meeting between UTSA and Tech, which leads the series 7-2 and is unbeaten at home against the Roadrunners in five previous contests.
UTSA Roadrunners (7-0, 3-0 conference) at Louisiana Tech (2-4, 1-1):
Location: Joe Aillet Stadium
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
How to watch: Stadium and KMYS/CW35
Louisiana Tech will look to bounce back after losing its last two games, both on the road. In their most recent game, the Bulldogs were held to a field goal in a 19-3 loss to the University of Texas-El Paso.
UTSA dominated the Rice Owls in a 45-0 victory at the Alamodome, the Roadrunners’ second shutout of the season. The Roadrunners’ defense allowed just 102 yards, a school record.
What they’re saying:
UTSA Head Coach Jeff Traylor: “Skip Holtz has done a fantastic job with that program for years. They are a program that we want to model. They have been successful for a long time. They are really good in Ruston. You do not want to play those guys there. Right now, you want to play those guys on the road. Unfortunately, we drew them on a Saturday night.”
Louisiana Tech Head Coach Skip Holtz: “The challenges that UTSA possess is obviously they’re a really good football team. … They’re [UTSA] playing really well as an offense but yet they’re playing really well as a defense, too.”
UTSA is one of 10 undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). UTSA ranks fifth in rushing defense, allowing only 81.9 rushing yards per game. The Roadrunners rank 13th in the FBS in scoring offense, averaging 38.6 points per game, and their defense ranks 13th in takeaways with 13.
Louisiana Tech’s first five games were decided by a single possession, and three of the Bulldogs’ four losses have come on the road. The Bulldogs are giving up an average of 457.8 yards per game.
Players to watch:
Joshua Cephus currently leads all UTSA receivers with 520 yards and 46 catches. He and De’Corian Clark are tied for the team lead with five touchdowns apiece. Quarterback Frank Harris is averaging 228.57 yards per game and has completed 139 of 201 passes for 1,600 yards and 14 TDs with only three interceptions. Safety Rashad Wisdom is the leading tackler with 45.
Louisiana Tech quarterback Austin Kendall, who started his collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma, had left West Virginia University with two graduate degrees and was working in Dallas in medical sales before joining the 2021 Bulldogs. He has completed 103 of 173 passes for 1,342 yards, eight interceptions, and 10 touchdowns this season. Running back Marcus Williams Jr. is LA Tech’s leading rusher, averaging 59 yards per game and scoring two touchdowns.