UTSA outlasts Charlotte to become bowl eligible

For the first time in school history, UTSA is bowl eligible as the Roadrunners down Charlotte 33-14 in the regular season finale Saturday night at the Alamodome. Here are some quick thoughts from the game.

UTSA downs Charlotte 33-14 to become bowl eligible.

Going Bowling: For the first time ever, UTSA is going bowling. UTSA’s 33-14 win over Charlotte Saturday night made the ‘Runners 6-6 overall earning them a spot for post season play. It’s too early to know where UTSA will end up. But sources tell InsideRunnerSports that the Heart of Dallas Bowl, New Orleans Bowl, and New Mexico Bowl have shown considerable interest in the Roadrunners. Following the game, Athletic Director Lynn Hickey said that UTSA did not have a preference of bowl games. However, she has told the conference that she would like to stay as close as possible to allow for fans to travel to the game. Bowl tickets and more information is already available online at GoUTSA.com.

Ugly Win: It’s not likely a game that anyone will write home about, but a win is a win. UTSA used timely scores and a stingy defense to outlast Charlotte. It appeared at times the ‘Runners had the opportunity to run away with the game but to their credit, Charlotte hung tough and fought the ‘Runners all the way to the end. It wasn’t until late in the fourth quarter that the game was in hand for UTSA.

QB Dilemma: For the third straight game, starting quarterback Dalton Sturm was benched in favor of backup Jared Johnson. In this game, however, it was much later in the contest. Following the game Head Coach Frank Wilson said: “We thought we had some matchup advantages from a stature standpoint on their corners. We wanted to get back to attacking their corners and throwing the ball downfield. We made a change and were able to connect several times.” It will be interesting to see how this position is handled in the weeks leading up to UTSA’s bowl game.

Defense Stands Up: Mark it down as another big game for UTSA’s defense. The Roadrunners held Charlotte to just 237 yards of total offense. Aside for their first score of the game, UTSA’s defense held the 49ers scoreless. The only other Charlotte score came on a special teams mishap.

Thomas With A Career Day: WR Kerry Thomas had a heck of a day for UTSA Saturday night. The College Station-native caught five passes for 145 yards with one touchdown. The 145 yards is a school record. Thomas on his performance: “I just ran the routes that were called. Credit those guys upfront. I just tried to make a play on the ball.”

History: Frank Wilson did it. In less than one year, he took a program that was in a funk and turned it around. This time last year, I’m not sure anyone around the program thought this was possible. Now, it’s a reality. UTSA is going bowling. We will not likely know where UTSA is headed until after next weekend’s Conference USA championship game. In the meantime, UTSA’s coaches will hit the road coaching. Keep it here for the latest on UTSA’s historic season. 

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