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2011-09-28 / Sports

U.T.S.A. Runners win Homecoming

By Eric Smith
Express Sports Editor

The U.T.S.A. Roadrunners were able to capture their 2nd victory of the season against Bacone last Saturday at the Alamodome. The Roadrunners offense out played the NAIA ball club, as they cruised to a 54-7 victory in front of 33,517 fans. The Runners improve to 2-2 on the season, as they prepare for a huge road game in Huntsville this Saturday against Sam Houston State University.

“Well obviously this was a great win for us, because we needed it. We made some mistakes, but we made big plays on defense. They played very well. Also, the special teamers had some big plays and played well. I think we still have a good chance at (being) a great football team if we can put all of these phases together. Offensively, we made some mistakes and mental errors, and I told the guys we did things that we can’t do with some of the teams we have coming up that we have to play. We won’t have that margin for error. I think we played well on defense, special teams and even on offense. I think we learned more from this game than the other win and maybe a loss. First, we learned how to play and how to win because they made it hard on us, especially offensively,” stated U.T.S.A. Head Coach Larry Coker in reference to their home victory.

After getting off to a slow start with just a 7-0 lead after one quarter, UTSA exploded in the second. The Runners scored four touchdowns and two field goals to take a 41-0 lead at the half. Looking at the four touchdowns, two were rushing, one was a nice 65-yard passing play from Eric Soza to Brandon Freeman and another was a 45-yard interception return.

In the second half, UTSA used two third quarter field goals and a fourth quarter touchdown to run away with the 54-7 victory.

The Runners finished the game with 411 overall yards compared to Bacone’s 260. Of the total yards for UTSA, 216 of the yards were passing and 195 were rushing.

Josh Ward’s Stats: Punts- 4-145-36.2average-52yard long. Note: Josh Ward as of last Saturday, was not the starting kicker for kickoffs.

Upcoming Contests- The (2-2) Runners will battle (3-0) Sam Houston State who is coming off a huge 48-45 road victory against DI New Mexico. The kickoff is set for 6: 00 p.m. at Elliot T Bowers Stadium. We will have more on this game later this week online at

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