UTSA finishes perfect in C-USA, defeats UTEP 34-31

Roadrunners complete largest comeback in school history

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

Frank Harris led UTSA with 382 yards and three touchdowns to guide the Roadrunners past UTEP 34-31 in historic fashion on Saturday afternoon at the Alamodome.

The ‘Runners found themselves trailing the Miners (5-7, 3-5 C-USA) 24-0 in the first half. The comeback victory is the largest in program history, along with UTSA finishing Conference UTSA 8-0. 

“I think the way we’ve done it makes it more special. Overcoming so much adversity, so many lead changes, so many times we were behind,” UTSA coach Jeff Traylor said.

Along with finishing perfect in league play for the first time in UTSA’s 11-year history, the Roadrunners have increased their winning streak to nine games. The team is 10-2 overall, making it the second straight season the ‘Runners have won double-digit games.

UTEP’s early aggression led to a 24-0 lead in the first 22 minutes of the game.

Harris put the ‘Runners on the board with a pass to Joshua Cephus, which went 65 yards to the house.

Dadrian Taylor intercepted Miners’ quarterback Calvin Brownholtz’s pass and returned it 73 yards to score. UTSA went into the half trailing 24-14. 

After another UTEP touchdown, Harris led a 75-yard drive, which included a 44-yard catch from Tykee Ogle-Kellogg. The drive concluded with a 14-yard pass to Zakhari Franklin in the end zone. 

Jared Sackett made his first field goal from 51 yards to cut the score to one possession. 

After the defense forced a three-and-out, UTSA got the ball with enough time for one play in the third quarter. Harris found Ogle-Kellogg, who went 70 yards for the touchdown to tie the game at 31 heading into the fourth.

Clifford Chatman intercepted Brownholtz in the fourth, making this his third straight game with an interception. This streak ties Michael Egwuagu, who set the record in the 2015 season. 

Sackett made his second field goal with three seconds remaining from 28 yards out to give the Roadrunners a 34-31 victory. 

Ogle-Kellogg led the game with 142 receiving yards on just four catches and a touchdown. Franklin had 126 yards on seven catches with a touchdown.

North Texas, who UTSA beat previously this season, is set to face off with UTSA in the C-USA championship match. The 2022 Ryan C-USA Championship Game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Alamodome.