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Behind another clutch performance from senior kicker Sean Ianno, the Roadrunners squeaked by the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 12-10 on Nov. 13. The game featured no touchdowns but four field goals for the Roadrunners, as Ianno nailed his fifth game winning kick in his UTSA career and second of the season.
The game winning field goal was set up after a 60-yard drive by the UTSA offense with only 2:17 minutes remaining in the game. Freshman quarterback Austin Robinson completed six of his eight passes on the drive, throwing for 51 yards. Robinson completed a 19-yard pass to senior wide receiver, Marcellus Mack, and on the ensuing play, a pass interference penalty was called on Southern Miss, setting Ianno up for the 38-yard field goal that would give the Runners the victory.
“I haven’t had a chance to score much the last two weeks, so it was nice today to be able to get a few opportunities, and I was able to capitalize on them,” said a relaxed Ianno after the game. “Whether I’m playing football, or hanging out or whatever, I always have this attitude.”
UTSA’s offense found a rhythm but could not find the end zone. Robinson completed 27 of his 44 passes and threw for a career-high 175 yards while senior running-back David Glasco II rushed for 108 yards, including a career-long 70-yard run in the third quarter. The effort by Glasco II was his second 100-yard game of his career and only the seventh in UTSA history.
UTSA’s defense held strong for the Roadrunners as well, maintaining a shutout through three quarters. Senior linebacker Jens Jeters led the way for the defense by racking up 12 stops— the most tackles in his UTSA career. Senior safety Triston Wade contributed with seven tackles of his own and an interception in the first quarter. With 5:35 remaining in the game, Southern Miss held the ball and the lead. The UTSA defense stood strong with the game on the line, holding the Golden Eagles to 10 yards on six plays, forcing them to punt and giving the offense the chance they needed to earn the victory.
“We really won this week on third down, compared to last week at Rice. We had some key fourth-down stops as well that really saved us and kept us in the game,” explained Jeters. “No matter how the season went, we’re focused and pumped up every day in practice. We’re always going to have fun no matter what.”
The win puts the Roadrunners at 3-7 overall and 2-4 in Conference USA play. The Roadrunners are now 6-0 all time at the Alamodome in November. UTSA looks to continue their turnaround on Nov. 22 as they take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in Bowling Green, Kentucky at 11 a.m.