However, it then had to settle for a 34-yard field goal from Sean Ianno, as the Roadrunners went up 3-0 with 10:12 left in the first quarter.
Arizona took over on its own 18-yard line and after a penalty, Ka'Deem Carey gained five on the ground. He proceeded to get a 17-yard pass from B.J. Denker on the next play and Denker then hit Samajie Grant for seven yards.
Carey gained four on the ground and two plays later, got five more. Grant caught a seven-yard pass on the next play and Daniel Jenkins had a five-yard carry to the UTSA 37-yard line.
After yet another five-yard run by Carey, Denker connected with Grant for 19 yards and followed with a 13-yard touchdown pass, as the extra point gave Arizona the 7-3 lead with 6:14 left in the first.
UTSA tried to answer with a three-yard run from the 27-yard line by Kenny Harrison. The Roadrunners eventually converted a third and short, but Soza threw an interception to Jourdon Grandon on the next play, giving the Wildcats the ball on the UTSA 34.
After a loss on the ground by Carey and a small gain, Denker found a hole and ran it in from 35 yards out, as the extra point put the Wildcats up 14-3 with 3:03 left in the first quarter.
Arizona proceeded to force a three and out and a penalty on UTSA gave the UA the ball on its own 46-yard line.
After an incomplete pass, Carey gained 16 yards in the air and Johnny Jackson answered with a nine-yard reception to put Arizona on the UTSA 27-yard line to end the first quarter.
After a 12-yard run by Denker to start the quarter, the Roadrunners were called for a personal foul.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the drive then failed to gain any momentum, and they had to settle for the 23-yard field goal by Jake Smith that gave them the 17-3 lead with 14:09 left in the second quarter.
UTSA started on its own 25 with a seven-yard pass to Cole Hubble and a six-yard throw to Kenny Harrison. A few plays later, Freeman gained 13 in the air.
After a personal foul on the Roadrunners, Glasco found a hole and ran for 42 yards. Arizona's defense then made a stand and Ianno settled for thr 43-yard field goal to cut Arizona's lead to 17-6 with 8:35 left in the first half.
Arizona had no answer on its ensuing drive, as it went three and out and gave UTSA the ball on its own 25.
The Roadrunners were able to get a first down, but a personal foul set them back and they had to punt, giving the Wildcats possession on its own 47.
Denker followed with a five-yard run and Carey had two for a combined seven yards before Denker found Garic Wharton for 23 yards.
After another five-yard run by Denker, Carey gained nine and then scored on the ground from four yards out with the extra point giving Arizona the 24-6 lead with 2:57 left in the first half.
UTSA tried to get something going offensively with a 10-yard pass to Earon Holmes from its own 25-yard line, but the Arizona defense once again stood up and forced a punt.
UTSA got one more chance before the half with an 11-yard run by Soza, but there wasn't much beyond that and the Wildcats went into the half up 24-6.
Arizona started the second half on its own 25 with two consecutive seven-yard runs by Carey. Denker then hit Terrence Miller for six yards before running for 17.
Carey followed with three consecutive runs for a combined ten yards before a 24-yard pass from Denker to Wharton.
After a three-yard run by Carey, Denker easily ran it in from a yard out, as the extra point put Arizona up 31-6 with 11:43 left in the third quarter.
Both teams exchanged three and outs before UTSA took over on its own 17.
The drive started with an eight-yard pass to Seth Grubb and another one three plays later. Glasco then picked up five on the ground and three plays later, Jones caught a 12-yard pass.
Denker found Phillips for five yards on the first play of the drive and Carey ran for nine and six yards on the next two carries.
Three plays later, Denker got 13 yards on the ground to the UTSA 13-yard line as the third quarter came to an end with the Wildcats up 31-6.
After a false start to begin the fourth, Carey gained 12 on the ground. Arizona then got another penalty, but it did not matter, as Carey scored from seven yards out and the extra point put the UA up 38-6 with 13:57 left in the fourth quarter.
Starting from its own 25, Soza found Ken Bias for a 16-yard pass. Three plays later, bias caught one for 35 yards and Glasco followed with a nine-yard run.
Monroe proceeded with a three-yard completion and Freeman caught an eight yard pass before Glasco scored from four yards out. The extra point cut Arizona's lead to 38-13 with 9:39 left in regulation and it would hold until the end of regulation.