With its second shutout of the season, the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners remained undefeated with a 45-0 victory over the Rice Owls on Saturday.
After playing three games that were decided by one possession, the Roadrunners made sure the outcome was never in question. In addition to holding Rice to just eight first downs, the UTSA defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
“It was by far the best game we played in all three phases and [I’m] really, really proud of my kids,” said UTSA Head Coach Jeff Traylor, whose squad is one of 11 unbeaten teams in the FBS, or Football Bowl Subdivision.
The 7-0 start is the best in the football program’s 11-year history, and the shutout followed the Roadrunners’ 54-0 blanking of Lamar in the second game of the season.
Quarterback Frank Harris completed 12 of 19 passes for 125 yards, throwing for a pair of touchdowns and rushing for another before giving way to Josh Adkins late in the third quarter. Joshua Cephus caught two touchdown passes.
UTSA got straight to work, opening the game with a 75-yard drive that led to Harris’ quarterback sneak for 7 yards and the touchdown in the first 4:02 minutes. After Hunter Duplessis’ field goal, running back Sincere McCormick, who finished with 117 yards on 13 carries, got loose for an 81-yard run that set the Roadrunners up with a first down on Rice’s 13-yard line. BJ Daniels completed the drive with an 11-yard scoring run to give the Roadrunners a 17-0 lead.
UTSA added another touchdown when linebacker Trevor Harmanson nabbed an interception and returned it 40 yards. Then a 75-yard drive ended with Harris’ 2-yard touchdown pass to Cephus, making it 31-0 at halftime.
The Roadrunners started the second half with an interception by cornerback Corey Mayfield Jr. that he ran back for a touchdown to grow the lead to 38-0. Harris again connected with Cephus for a scoring pass, this one a 12-yard play that made the score 45-0 with 4:08 remaining in the third quarter. Traylor pulled his starters late in the third quarter as UTSA extended its lead.
The Roadrunners held the Owls (2-4 overall, 1-1 in Conference USA) to 102 yards in the game.
“It started off defensively, they got us two scores, they got us the momentum, and those guys [UTSA defense], they’re just great,” Harris said. “This week was probably the most complete week on offense at home.”
The announced attendance at the Alamodome was 27,515, the largest this season, for the homecoming game. The Roadrunners are back on the road next week as they face Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Louisiana, on Saturday.