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The Paisano

Back on track

UTSA football wins third straight game against UAB
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Stephen Saenz

SAN ANTONIO – UTSA football wins its second straight conference game, beating UAB 41-20 on Saturday night in the Alamodome. The running backs led the way for the Roadrunners (3-3, 2-0 AAC) in the annual Hispanic Heritage Game, with junior Robert Henry having nine carries for 99 yards and a touchdown alongside sophomore Kevorian Barnes’s 19 carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns. 

The UTSA offense came out hot in its home conference opener, scoring two touchdowns on its first two possessions. 

On the opening drive, quarterback Frank Harris drove the offense down the field on an eight play drive, finishing it off with a 19-yard rushing touchdown from Henry. 

On the ensuing UAB (2-5, 1-2) drive, linebacker Trey Moore forced a fumble from quarterback Jacob Zeno and UTSA was able to recover. It took just one play for Harris to connect with receiver Joshua Cephus for a 10-yard touchdown. The ‘Runners managed to jump to a two touchdown lead within the game’s first five minutes. 

After the Blazers responded on their next drive with a 3-yard rushing touchdown, UTSA countered with a score of its own. A defensive pass interference call put the Roadrunners on the UAB 7-yard line, which led to a 4-yard touchdown pass from Harris to Cephus. 

UAB tacked on three points with a late second quarter 25-yard field goal from Matt Quinn. UTSA kicker Chase Allen knocked through a field goal of his own for the ‘Runners –– a 46-yarder –– to take the lead into halftime 24-13.

The Blazers opened the third quarter with a 12 play drive, going 75 yards and finishing it off with a 25-yard touchdown run from Jermaine Brown Jr. UTSA responded with a 10 play drive of its own, capped off with a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Barnes.

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The Roadrunners got their first interception of the season in the fourth quarter which led to the team’s final touchdown. Defensive back Kam Alexander made an explosive jump on the ball to secure the turnover at UAB’s 17-yard line. Barnes ran for 12 yards on five plays, including his second 1-yard touchdown. 

UTSA’s 41-20 victory over UAB is the third straight year the Roadrunners defeated the Blazers. Harris finished the game completing 19 of 30 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Cephus led the receiving corp with 55 yards on seven receptions and two touchdowns. 

“That was a good team win,” said UTSA coach Jeff Traylor. 

After forcing zero turnovers the first several weeks of the season, the Roadrunners have compiled five in the last two weeks against their American Athletic Conference opponents.

“We played better defensively than I thought we were even capable of tonight,” said Traylor of his team’s defensive performance. 

UTSA will look to extend its winning streak as they hit the road for the next conference matchup. The ‘Runners will travel to Boca Raton to take on FAU with kickoff set for 5 p.m. Saturday, at FAU Stadium.

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Rylan Renteria, Distribution Manager
Rylan is a psychology major in his junior year at UTSA, and is entering his second semester as a writer for The Paisano. As a major fan of both the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, Rylan is also very supportive of the San Antonio Spurs and all UTSA Athletics which can be shown in his commentary writing pieces. Aside from watching sports, Rylan enjoys watching horror movies, playing video games and playing intramural sports.
Stephen Saenz, Photographer

Stephen is a first-year mechanical engineering major with a minor in business administration. Stephen is from McAllen, TX, but has lived in San Antonio for about 9 years now. This is his first-year shooting for The Paisano, however, Stephen has loved film and photography since he was around 10-11 years old and has actively been pursuing freelance photography for about a year now. While photograph is not his major, Stephen is currently focused on growing his name in the industry by focusing on his photography business, however, if it’s not editing or taking photos, he is either listening to music, watching movies, in a coffee shop or finding a good spot to eat. Stephen is a part of other organizations like Engineers Without Borders and works for a non-profit in San Antonio called Kinetic Kids.

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