The Roadrunners rallied for an exhilarating road victory, 33-31, against the University of South Alabama Jaguars with a 51-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Sean Ianno with 16 seconds to play. Players credit their maturity and experience from last year as key factors that helped them secure UTSA’s first road win in the program’s history.
The UTSA players wore shirts that read, “Unfinished Business” to the game, a constant reminder of what happened to them last season against the Jaguars.
Last October, South Alabama defeated the Runners in the Alamodome with a game-winning overtime touchdown after blocking Ianno’s kick to secure the win.
After the win, some of the Jaguars danced on the Roadrunner logo in the middle of the field. Some of the Roadrunners used that memory as motivation.
However, the Roadrunners depended on their maturity and experience from last year to keep their heads level and ready to compete.
“We pretty much went on a business trip, and that’s something we all learned and matured about,”senior defensive tackle Franky Anaya said.
The game winning field goal was the longest successful kick of Ianno’s college career and gave the Runners a redemptive victory. In the last few minutes of the game the Roadrunners were down 31-30. In a high-pressure situation, Ianno’s teammates’confidence did not waiver in his abilities. That game-winning field goal was one of the four field goals Ianoo made on the day.
“The first thing I said is ‘he can make this’,