UTSA football steams past LA Tech 51-7

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

UTSA scored on their first six drives to defeat LA Tech 51-7 on Saturday evening. The first four drives ended with touchdowns, thanks to 324 yards of offense in the first half for the Roadrunners (8-2, 6-0 C-USA). 

The ‘Runners forced five turnovers, while the Bulldogs (3-7, 2-4) had three more turnovers on downs. With the win on Saturday, UTSA has won seven games in a row and is in its second straight season of going 6-0 in the conference. 

“We’re almost home. We can see the end; we can see it,” coach Jeff Traylor said.

The Roadrunners remain on top of the Conference USA standings and have a two-game lead on Western Kentucky, North Texas and FAU, each with two losses. However, the massive win against the Bulldogs gives the ‘Runners great momentum for the last two regular-season games.

A fumble on LA Tech’s first drive of the game set up the Roadrunner’s first touchdown drive. Brenden Brady had a 24-yard run, leading Harris to throw his only touchdown pass of the day to Joshua Cephus for 14 yards. In the very next UTSA offensive play, Kevorian Barnes ran up the middle for a 46-yard touchdown run. 

After the Bulldogs first failed fourth down conversion, UTSA took over and drove the ball down the field, which featured a 21-yard throw from Harris back to Cephus. Brady got the snap and ran in the 1-yarder to put the ‘Runners up 21-0. The first three drives took 12 total plays. 

The Bulldogs scored their lone touchdown in the first quarter. A 32-yard pass from LA Tech quarterback Landry Lyddy to Smoke Harris made the score 21-7. Barnes struck again for the Roadrunners with a 27-yard touchdown run on their next drive.

Clifford Chattman picked off the Bulldogs’ quarterback and had a 30-yard return. Jared Sackett made his first field goal from 29-yards out with a little under eight minutes in the second quarter. LA Tech went for another fourth down conversion, though the UTSA defense stood tall and forced another turnover on downs. Harris threw the ball to tight end Gavin Sharp who ran for 47-yards. This setup Sackett’s second field goal – good from 22-yards – which gave UTSA a 34-7 lead at halftime. 

LA Tech went for a fake punt on their first drive of the second half; however, the Bulldogs’ pass was overthrown, which resulted in another turnover. Brady struck again with another 26-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 41-7.

Trey Moore had a strip sack on LA Tech’s quarterback and was able to come out with the ball, giving UTSA another possession. Harris broke loose for a 30-yard run, soon taken out of the game for Eddie Lee Marburger.

Sackett came back with a 46-yard field goal late in the third quarter. Malik Jones forced another Bulldog turnover with an interception on UTSA’s 19-yard line. The Roadrunners went on a drive lasting over 11 minutes in the fourth quarter, concluding with a 1-yard touchdown run from Justin Rodriguez. The final score was 51-7. 

UTSA had 484 total yards to LA Tech’s 259. 258 of the Roadrunners’ total yards were rushing, and Barnes led the day with 103 yards on the ground with two touchdowns on 11 attempts. 

UTSA will play Rice for their final road game of the regular season at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.