The long-awaited day finally arrived. Football came to the Alamo City in the form of the UTSA Roadrunners.
The Roadrunners scored on their first three drives to build a 21-0 lead and won, 31-3, against the Northeastern State RiverHawks. The result sent the 56,743 fans—a national record for a startup program—home happy.
“We learned a lot about ourselves [today],” Head Coach Larry Coker said. “I think we also learned a little bit about our game.”
Coker added that the atmosphere in the dome was unlike any he had seen before.
“It was just like in the SEC. I’ve never been around anything like that and that’s being honest,” Coker said. “I’ve played for national championships and I’ve never been at any event like today. It wasn’t any false it.”
The Roadrunners’ first drive began with a four-yard loss by Brandon Armstrong that gave cause for concern to some. But not to Soza, who calmly took the next snap, rushed for 19 yards and brought the Roadrunners into RiverHawk territory for the first time.
It was the beginning of a methodical drive by Soza as he did his best impression of Sam Houston and led his troops down the field before punching it in on a 14-yard touchdown run at the 11:35 mark of the opening frame.
“I am honored to have that next to my name,” Soza said. “But the offensive line and the backs blocked well, and I am just the one getting the glory for great.”
Whether the Roadrunners’ fan base becomes as well known as the devotees of the Cleveland Browns will remain to be seen. What is known is that the Roadrunners must get ready for McMurry on Sept. 10. The inaugural game is in the books but the inaugural season continues.
“We know that we have to take it one game at a time because Northeastern wasn’t our only opponent and we need to prepare for the next ones,” Waters said. “We knew that we could not be ready for just Sept. 3, we also have to be ready on Sept. 10 and all the others after