UTSA football clinches C-USA championship berth

UTSA wins 41-7 at Rice on Saturday

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

For the second consecutive season, UTSA football wins the Conference USA regular season title with a 41-7 victory over Rice on Saturday at Rice Stadium. 

Frank Harris throws for 103 yards and rushes for 124 yards with five total touchdowns to guide the Roadrunners (9-2, 7-0 C-USA) past the Owls (5-6, 3-4) on their final road game of the regular season. UTSA has now won eight games in a row and is set to host the C-USA championship game at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Alamodome. 

“It definitely means a lot, especially because we clinched home-field advantage. We still have a lot to improve on, but [we] will enjoy this victory,” Harris said after the game.

Harris put UTSA on the scoreboard first with what started as a scramble and turned into a 63-yard touchdown run down the sideline. 

Kelechi Nwachuku put pressure on the Owls quarterback by getting a strip-sack to force a fumble. The ball was picked up by Donyai Taylor, who returned it to the 15-yard line. Harris capitalized on the opportunity by rushing into the endzone to bump the lead 14-0.

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Jamal Ligon forced another Rice fumble, this time recovered by Dadrian Taylor. The Roadrunners drove down the field in sevens plays, concluding with a 5-yard pass from Harris to Zakhari Franklin in the endzone. UTSA pushed the lead to 28-0 with a 16-yard pass from Harris to Oscar Cardenas. 

Clifford Chattman got an interception for the second straight game in the third quarter. The ‘Runners cashed in yet again on the turnover with a 30-yard field goal from Jared Sackett. 

Harris got his fifth score of the day midway through the third quarter off a 16-yard run for a touchdown. Sackett drilled a 36-yarder later in the quarter to extend the lead to 41-0.

Rice scored their only points early in the fourth quarter off a 43-yard pass from AJ Padgett to Bradley Rozner. 

UTSA had 262 total rushing yards to Rice’s five. The Roadrunner defense forced three turnovers against the Owls, holding Rice quarterback Shawqi Itraish to 9/19 passing and 89 yards. 

UTSA will play their final regular season contest at home against UTEP. The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Alamodome.