The UTSA Roadrunners (1-2) fell to the Army Black Knights (2-1) 31-13 on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Alamodome. Next Saturday, the ‘Runners will take on the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas.
As the Black Knights moved on from an emotional loss against the seventh-ranked University of Michigan, the ‘Runners faced a tough team offensively. The Black Knights ran the ball and pushed their way through the ‘Runner defense play after play. The Black Knights fought and posted season highs of 358 total yards and 340 rushing against the ‘Runners.
“I thought once we came back in the second half, we challenged our offense to answer the bell and to go down and have a great drive, 13-play drive, eat up a ton of clock and it looks like we’re on our way. It’s a seven-point game, and we’re poised and in position,” head coach Frank Wilson said.
The next opponent the ‘Runners will face is UNT. This season, the ‘Runners are averaging 20.7 points per game whereas UNT is averaging 31.7. Looking back at last season, the ‘Runners trailed close behind the Mean Green 24-21. During the UNT game last year, the ‘Runners held strength in their defensive abilities with former linebacker Josiah Tauaefa holding the ‘Runner ground in the Alamodome.
Over the weekend, the Mean Green held a close game in a first-ever matchup against the California Golden Bears but fell 23-17. The Mean Green had no chance in the beginning as Golden Bear Christopher Brown Jr. ran for 47 yards and a touchdown while California’s defense forced two turnovers and posted six sacks. The game began with a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Golden Bears dominated most of this game, and the Mean Green were unable to come out of their sluggish start.
The Mean Green has won the last two matchups against the ‘Runners. According to ESPN statistics, the Mean Green are expected to beat the ‘Runners with flying colors. The ‘Runners have averaged 338.7 total yards and allowed 371, while the Mean Green have posted 433.3 total yards and allowed 412.3 total yards. So far this season, quarterback for the ‘Runners, Frank Harris has thrown 486 total yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Mean Green’s quarterback, Mason Fine, has posted 745 total passing yards, 259 ahead of Harris.
Tune in at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, to watch the ‘Runners face off against the Mean Green in the C-USA opener. The game will be aired on Stadium on Facebook.