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UTSA football to host Rice in Military Appreciation Game

Stephen Saenz

Entering last Saturday’s matchup, UTSA football had not won in Denton since 2013. The Roadrunners also had not lost a conference game since their 45-23 loss to the Mean Green on the road in 2021. 

Fortunately for the ‘Runners, the latter streak is still going strong. 

Head coach Jeff Traylor held his weekly media roundtable to discuss the win against North Texas, injuries and the upcoming matchup against Rice. 

UTSA had a perfect start to the game, scoring 27 first-half points while only allowing 13. The second half was about controlling the time of possession and preventing a comeback. 

Although UTSA did just that, Traylor was not impressed with the amount of yards the defense gave up in the final two quarters. 

“There were a lot of things we could have done better,” Traylor said. “I just did not like how we finished the game.” 

Going into Saturday’s match-up, the Mean Green were allowing 260 rushing yards per game, something the UTSA offense was able to exploit. 

The team rushed for a season-high 290 yards, with three different running backs each scoring a touchdown. 

“It is what we have always wanted to do here, we thought we had it going last year but we just could not keep guys healthy,” Traylor said. 

The Roadrunners were without standout freshman receiver Devin Mccuin against North Texas, his status for the upcoming game against Rice will likely be determined on game day. Traylor also says he does not think De’Corian Clark will play this year and that he will miss a significant amount of time. 

Similar to how UTSA had not won in Denton since 2013, Rice has not beaten the Roadrunners since 2014. 

Yet, Traylor still has a large amount of respect for the Owls. 

“Since I have been here this is their best team I have played against,” Traylor said. “I really have a lot of respect for what Mike [Bloomgren] has done there.” 

Despite the difference in records, UTSA and Rice are statistically very similar football teams, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Roadrunners will look to add to their seven game win-streak against Rice. 

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alamodome. 

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Rylan Renteria
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
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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