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UTSA to face Texas in Saturday night showdown

SAN ANTONIO — Fresh off a 41-38 overtime victory at Army West Point, UTSA will make the short drive north on I-35 to face No. 20/21 Texas on Saturday, Sept. 17. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and the game will air on Longhorn Network and Ticket 760 AM. The Roadrunners (1-1) and Longhorns (1-1) will meet for the first time on the gridiron in what will be UTSA's second straight road contest.

UTSA Roadrunners (1-1)
No. 20/21 Texas Longhorns (1-1)
7 p.m.  |  Saturday, Sept. 17
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium  |  Austin, Texas
TV: Longhorn Network
Radio: Ticket 760 AM

Opening drive
• UTSA, which is coming off back-to-back overtime games, and Texas will meet for the first time on Saturday night in Austin.
• The Roadrunners are 8-4 in true road games under 2021 Conference USA Coach of the Year Jeff Traylor, who spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons on the Texas staff.
• UTSA is 20-8 under Jeff Traylor, the best 28-game start by any UTSA head coach.
• The Roadrunners will face a top-25 team for the third time in their last four games dating back to the 2021 Frisco Bowl.
• UTSA owns a 27-18 record against teams from the state of Texas including a 7-2 mark under Jeff Traylor.
• The Roadrunners have won 16 of their last 20 contests dating back to November 2020.
• UTSA associate head coach/special teams coordinator Justin Burke (2014-16) and co-offensive coordinators Will Stein (2015-17) and Matt Mattox (2016) all previously worked at Texas.
• The first UTSA football game to be televised was on Sept. 10, 2011, against McMurry on Longhorn Network, which will air Saturday night's matchup.

Tuning in
Saturday's game will be televised on Longhorn Network. Lowell Galindo (play-by-play), Sam Acho (analyst) and Alex Chappell (reporter) have the call. The contest will air live on Ticket 760 AM in the San Antonio area and on SiriusXM app channel 988. Andy Everett (play-by-play), Jay Riley (analyst) and Pat Evans (reporter) will call the action. The pregame show will begin at 5 p.m. Central time and there will be a 45-minute postgame show. The radio broadcast also can be heard online at Ticket760.com and via the iHeartRadio and The Varsity Network apps.
Working overtime
UTSA has played back-to-back overtime games to open the 2022 campaign. In fact, the Roadrunners join Houston — their opponent in the 37-35, triple-overtime loss in the season opener — as the only two FBS teams to have been involved in multiple overtime contests this year. UTSA rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit to score a 41-38 triumph over Army West Point in overtime this past Saturday to improve to 1-1 on the year and 4-3 all-time in overtime contests. That marked the first time the Roadrunners have played consecutive overtime games and the second time to have two OT games in the same season (2011).
UTSA's All-Time Overtime Games (4-3)
Date               Opponent                          Result
10/8/11           South Alabama                   L, 27-30 (2OT)
10/29/11         Georgia State                     W, 17-14 (OT)
11/14/15         at Charlotte                        W, 30-27 (OT)
10/22/16         UTEP                                  L, 49-52 (5OT)
9/12/20           at Texas State                     W, 51-48 (2OT)
9/3/22             Houston                             L, 35-37 (3OT)
9/10/22           at Army West Point            W, 41-38 (OT)
Down to the wire
UTSA is no stranger to close contests in the Jeff Traylor era, as 19 of the 28 have been one-score ballgames in the fourth quarter. The Roadrunners own a 13-6 record in those games. Dating back to last season, UTSA has seen four consecutive and six of the last seven contests decided in the fourth quarter or later. The first two games this season have gone to overtime, with the Roadrunners dropping a 37-35 decision to No. 24 Houston in three overtimes on Sept. 3 before rallying to beat Army 41-38 in overtime one week later. The Roadrunners broke a 17-17 fourth-quarter deadlock against Southern Miss last November with two late scores in a 10-point victory before upending UAB 34-31 on a TD pass with three seconds remaining one week later. UTSA used an interception on the final play of the game to secure a 49-41 C-USA Championship Game win over WKU on Dec. 3 and then pulled to within seven points of No. 24 San Diego State in the fourth quarter of the Frisco Bowl before dropping a 38-24 decision in the 2021 finale. The Roadrunners also saw games against Illinois (37-30), Memphis (31-28), UNLV (24-17) and WKU (52-46) come down to the final minutes last fall. In 2020, UTSA's matchups against Texas State (51-48/2OT), Stephen F. Austin (24-10), Middle Tennessee (37-35), UAB (13-21), No. 15 BYU (20-27), Army (16-28), Louisiana Tech (27-26), Southern Miss (23-20) and No. 16 Louisiana (24-31) all were one-score games in the final stanza. 
Scouting Texas
The Longhorns dropped a slim 20-19 decision to top-ranked Alabama last Saturday to fall to 1-1 on the season. No. 20/21 Texas opened the season with a 52-10 victory over ULM on Sept. 3. The Longhorns are averaging 377.0 yards and 35.5 points per game and allowing 316.5 yards and 15.0 points per outing. Bijan Robinson spearheads the ground attack with 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. Quinn Ewers has completed 25 of 36 passes for 359 yards and a pair of scores, while Hudson Card — who played at Lake Travis High School under current UTSA co-offensive coordinator Will Stein — has thrown for 182 yards on 18-of-27 passing. Jordan Whittington has a team-high 10 catches for 90 yards and Xavier Worthy paces the unit with 121 receiving yards on seven receptions. Defensively, DeMarvion Overshown has posted 13 tackles and a pair of tackles for loss, while Anthony Cook has 12 stops including two behind the line of scrimmage. Head coach Steve Sarkisian is 6-8 in his second season at the helm.
Roadrunners versus ranked opponents
UTSA has faced nine nationally ranked FBS opponents in its 11-year history and 10 top-25 teams overall. When the Roadrunners line up against Texas — which is ranked No. 20 in the USA TODAY AFCA Coaches Poll and 21st in the AP Top 25 this week — they will face a top-25 team for the third time in the last four games dating back to the 2021 Frisco Bowl versus No. 24 San Diego State. The Roadrunners dropped a narrow 37-35 decision in triple overtime to No. 24 Houston in the season opener on Sept. 3. This will mark the third time UTSA has met multiple top-25 teams in the same season (2011, '20). The highest-ranked foe UTSA has played was No. 13 Oklahoma State in 2013 at the Alamodome. 
UTSA vs. Ranked Opponents
Date            Opponent                          Result
10/1/11       at #16* Sam Houston State L, 7-22
11/3/12       at #22 Louisiana Tech         L, 27-51
9/7/13         #13 Oklahoma State           L, 35-56
9/3/15         at #22 Arizona                    L, 32-42
9/19/15       at #25 Oklahoma State        L, 14-69
11/19/16     at #22 Texas A&M               L, 10-23
10/10/20     at #15 BYU                          L, 20-27
12/26/20     vs. #16 Louisiana                L, 24-31
12/21/21     vs. #24 San Diego State       L, 24-38
9/3/22         vs. #24 Houston                 L, 35-37 (3OT)
Highest ranking used from AP Top 25, USA TODAY or College Football Playoff
*FCS poll
Who's counting?
Now in their 12th season of play, the Roadrunners will play the 135th game in program history on Saturday when they face Texas. UTSA is 65-69 all-time and 27-38 in road games. By comparison, Texas has been playing football since 1893 and is 929-386-33 overall. The Longhorns boast four national championships and a pair of Heisman Trophy winners in their history.
UTSA/Texas connections
The UTSA staff has several connections to Texas. Head coach Jeff Traylor was on the Longhorns staff in 2015 as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach and again the following season when he was associate head coach for the offense and the receivers coach. UTSA associate head coach Justin Burke, who is the special teams coordinator and oversees tight ends, was a special assistant for the Texas offense in 2014-15 before serving as a quality control assistant for the tight ends in 2016. UTSA co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Mattox spent the 2016 season as the Longhorns' run game coordinator and o-line coach. UTSA co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Will Stein served as quality control for the UT wide receivers in 2015-16 and the quarterbacks in 2017. Additionally, he was the offensive coordinator and QB coach at Lake Travis High School where he coached current Texas QB Hudson Card. UTSA assistant director of player personnel Roosevelt Maggitt Jr. served as defensive quality control for the Longhorns in 2017-18, while UTSA offensive analyst Pavit Patel was a student assistant on the Texas staff in 2014-16 and also earned his degree from UT. UTSA graduate assistant Tim Yoder played running back at Texas in 2016-18. Meanwhile, Texas defensive line coach Bo Davis served in the same capacity at UTSA in 2017 when he mentored Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and first round draft pick Marcus Davenport.
Series history
UTSA and Texas will meet for the first time on the gridiron on Saturday night in Austin. The Roadrunners are 1-7 all-time against teams from the Big 12 Conference including a 17-10 win over Baylor in 2017. UTSA is 1-2 against the Bears, 0-2 versus Kansas State and 0-3 in matchups with Oklahoma State.
UTSA against in-state foes
The Roadrunners are 27-18 all-time against teams from the state of Texas including a 7-2 mark under third-year head coach Jeff Traylor. 
UTSA vs. Texas teams
1-2 vs. Baylor
1-2 vs. Houston
1-0 vs. Lamar
0-1 vs. McMurry
4-5 vs. North Texas
6-3 vs. Rice
0-1 vs. Sam Houston
1-0 vs. Stephen F. Austin
0-2 vs. Texas A&M
1-0 vs. Texas A&M-Commerce
4-0 vs. Texas State
1-0 vs. UIW
7-2 vs. UTEP
27-18 overall
Last time out
Frank Harris passed for 359 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner to De'Corian Clark in overtime, to help UTSA rally from a 14-point deficit for a 41-38 victory over Army West Point on Sept. 10 at Michie Stadium. The Roadrunners erased a 28-14, second-half Black Knights lead to even their season record at 1-1, matching the second-largest comeback in program history. Harris completed 32 of 45 passes for a career high 359 yards — just eight yards shy of the school record — and three touchdowns. The Schertz Clemens High School product helped lead a 512-yard output by the offense, including 153 on the ground. For the second straight game, a pair of Roadrunners topped the century mark in receiving yards, as Zakhari Franklin caught 10 passes for 122 yards and two TDs while Joshua Cephus had 10 grabs for 112 yards/ Clark added seven receptions for 90 yards and the game-winning score. Clifford Chattman paced the defense with 11 tackles and a key pass breakup in overtime that forced the Army field goal. Trevor Harmanson, Jamal Ligon and Trey Moore registered eight stops apiece and Jimmori Robinson tacked on seven.
Roadrunners collect weekly honors
UTSA quarterback Frank Harris has collected three honors this week following his performance in the 41-38 comeback win over Army in overtime last Saturday. He was named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week, as well as Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week and fifth time in his career, and he also landed on the Davey O'Brien Great 8 and the Manning Award Stars of the Week lists. He completed 32 of 45 passes for a career best 359 yards and three touchdowns to help the Roadrunners rally from a 28-14 second-half deficit. Following the season opener against No. 24 Houston on Sept. 3, Harris was honored by the league office after he accounted for 400 yards of offense and four touchdowns in the 37-35, triple-overtime setback. The senior from Schertz Clemens High completed 28 of 43 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns and added 63 yards and a score on the ground. Senior place-kicker Jared Sackett also picked up C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Sept. 5 after he drilled a 37-yard field goal as time expired to tie the score at 24-all and force overtime against the Cougars. In the first extra period, the Fort Worth native split the uprights from 39 yards out to send the contest into double overtime, and he also made all three extra-point attempts on the afternoon.
Traylor off to resounding start at UTSA
Head coach Jeff Traylor is off to a resounding start to his tenure at UTSA. The Gilmer, Texas, native has turned around the program by instilling his 210 Triangle of Toughness culture, producing results on and off the field. Taking over a team that won a combined seven games in the two seasons prior to his arrival, he has led the Roadrunners to a 20-8 record, the best record through 28 games by a UTSA head football coach. He already has mentored five All-Americans and a pair of NFL Draft picks during his time in San Antonio. In his first season, Traylor guided the Roadrunners to a 7-5 overall record, a runner-up finish in Conference USA's West Division with a 5-2 mark and an appearance in the First Responder Bowl. The Roadrunners received votes in a national poll for the first time in program history and the seven wins are the most by a first-year UTSA head coach. The Roadrunners enjoyed a record-setting campaign in his second season. The Roadrunners won their first 11 games, were nationally ranked (as high as No. 15) for the first time in school history and captured the program's first league title by winning the 2021 C-USA Championship with a 49-41 victory over WKU. UTSA capped the season with its second straight and third overall bowl appearance. Traylor was honored for his success as the 2021 C-USA Coach of the Year, the AFCA FBS Regional Coach of the Year for Region 4 and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, AFCA National Coach of the Year and George Munger College Coach of the Year Award. A member of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards Coach of the Year watch list, he was chosen as the 2021 San Antonio Express-News Sportsman of the Year.
Season No. 12
UTSA is playing its 12th season of football in 2022. The Roadrunners started their program from scratch and, following a practice year in 2010, played their first season as an FCS Independent in 2011 before joining the Western Athletic Conference for the 2012 campaign. UTSA moved into its current league home — Conference USA — in 2013 and became a full-fledged FBS member starting with the 2014 season. The Roadrunners set NCAA modern startup program records in 2011 by drawing 56,743 fans to their inaugural game against Northeastern State and by averaging 35,521 fans for their six home contests that season. UTSA made its first postseason appearance at the 2016 New Mexico Bowl in its sixth season of play and registered its first win against a team from a Power 5 conference the following season with a 17-10 victory over Baylor. The Roadrunners captured their first conference championship by claiming the 2021 C-USA crown and capped a 12-2 campaign with their third bowl game. UTSA has posted at least six wins in six of the 11 seasons in program history and it has reached the seven-win plateau four times, including in both years of the Jeff Traylor era. 
UTSA picked to win C-USA crown
The defending Conference USA champion UTSA Roadrunners have been picked to finish first in the conference this season. The Roadrunners received 14 of a possible 22 first-place votes from a panel of media members that covers all 11 C-USA schools. UAB received the remaining eight first-place votes and is slotted second in the preseason poll, followed by WKU, which UTSA beat 49-41 to claim the 2021 conference crown.
1.    UTSA (14)
2.    UAB (8)
3.    WKU
4.    Florida Atlantic
5.    North Texas
6.    UTEP
7.    Charlotte
8.    Middle Tennessee
9.    Louisiana Tech
10.  Rice
11.  FIU
UTSA senior duo earns C-USA preseason accolades
UTSA seniors Frank Harris and Rashad Wisdom have been named Conference USA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. Harris and Wisdom join C-USA Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year Brayden Narveson of WKU as preseason superlative award winners in a vote by the league's head coaches.
Roadrunners reel in preseason honors
UTSA has reeled in numerous honors leading into this season, as seven Roadrunners have landed on preseason lists. Senior quarterback Frank Harris leads the way after earning a spot on five lists — the Davey O'Brien, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose, Manning, Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards — and the Schertz Clemens high product also is a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy. Meanwhile, senior safety Rashad Wisdom appears on watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik and Paycom Jim Thorpe Awards and Bronko Nagurski Trophy. The Converse Judson High graduate also is a nominee for the Allstate Good Works Team. Senior center Ahofitu Maka is a member of watch lists for the Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy and Polynesian College Football Player of the Year, while senior wide receiver Zakhari Franklin is on the Biletnikoff Award and Reese's Senior Bowl watch lists. Oscar Cardenas (John Mackey Award), Lucas Dean (Ray Guy Award) and Jared Sackett (Lou Groza Award) also made preseason watch lists.
Player — Watch List(s)
Oscar Cardenas — John Mackey Award
Lucas Dean — Ray Guy Award
Zakhari Franklin — Biletnikoff Award, Reese's Senior Bowl
Frank Harris — Davey O'Brien Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, Manning Award, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Wuerffel Trophy nominee
Ahofitu Maka — Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy, Polynesian College Football Player of the Year
Jared Sackett — Lou Groza Award
Rashad Wisdom — Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronco Nagurski Trophy, Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, Allstate Good Works Team nominee
Aerial attack
Under the direction of co-offensive coordinators Will Stein and Matt Mattox, UTSA boasts one of the top passing offenses in the nation through the first two games this season. Led by quarterback Frank Harris and the wide receiver trio of Joshua Cephus, De'Corian Clark and Zakhari Franklin, the Roadrunners are averaging 348.0 passing yards per contest, which leads Conference USA and ranks 11th in the FBS. UTSA opened the campaign by throwing for 337 yards in the 37-35, triple-overtime loss to No. 24 Houston. The Roadrunners then aired it out for 359 yards in the 41-38 overtime triumph over Army on Sept. 10. Those two performances rank in the top seven on the program's all-time passing yardage chart.
Top 10 Team Single-Game Passing Yardage
Yards    Opponent                    Date
414      Charlotte                     11/26/16
372      Western Kentucky        10/9/21
369      Oklahoma State            9/7/13
367      Southern Miss              10/7/17
365      Houston                       9/28/13
359      Army West Point          9/10/22
337      Houston                       9/3/22
335      Southern                      9/16/17
332      Arizona                         9/3/15
325      Southern Miss              11/16/19
Leader under center
During the course of his UTSA career, senior quarterback Frank Harris has developed into one of the team's unquestioned leaders. The Schertz Clemens High product, who owns a 21-9 record as the starting QB, has thrown for 5,989 yards and 48 touchdowns on 548-of-827 passing (.660) and rushed for 1,313 yards and 16 TDs as a Roadrunner. In fact, he is one of only 12 active FBS quarterbacks with 5,000 or more passing yards and 1,000-plus rushing yards, and his career completion percentage ranks ninth among active players. Harris opened the 2022 campaign by piling up 400 yards of offense and four TDs, passing for 337 yards and three scores and rushing for 63 yards and a touchdown in the triple-overtime loss to No. 24 Houston. He followed that with a career high 359 passing yards and three scores on 32-of-45 passing to help UTSA rally from a 14-point, second-half deficit for a 41-38 overtime triumph over Army, earning him Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week, as well as Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week accolades. That passing yardage total ranks second in program history behind Dalton Sturm's school record of 367 against Southern Miss in 2017, and it gives him five of the top 10 individual single-game passing yardage totals in program history. He currently paces the FBS in total offense with 394.5 yards per game and his six passing TDs stand 10th nationally. The 2022 Conference USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year guided UTSA to the most successful season in program history last fall, helping lead the Roadrunners to a 12-2 record, their first conference championship and top-25 ranking and to their second straight and third overall bowl game. A two-time national player of the week, he set school single-season records for passing yards (3,177), completions (398), touchdowns (27), attempts (263), completion percentage (.661), passing efficiency (152.5), total offense (3,743) and touchdowns responsible for (33). He also rushed for 566 yards — a program record for a QB — and six scores and caught three passes for 36 yards and a TD en route to Dave Campbell's Texas Football Offensive Player of the Year and second-team all-conference accolades. A member of preseason watch lists for the Davey O'Brien, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose, Manning, Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards, Harris has overcome multiple season-ending injuries sustained earlier in his career to emerge as one of the top signal callers in the country.
Terrific trio
UTSA boasts arguably the most productive pass-catching trio in the FBS this season. Senior wide receivers Joshua Cephus, De'Corian "JT" Clark and Zakhari Franklin have teamed up to provide the Roadrunners with a formidable air attack. The trio has combined for 416 receptions, 5,149 receiving yards and 48 receiving touchdowns during their career. No other FBS team has a trio of active players with more receptions, receiving yards or touchdown catches. All three receivers were voted into the coveted single-digit jersey numbers by their teammates this season, with Cephus wearing No. 2, Clark in No. 1 and Franklin donning No. 4.
Keeping the streak alive
The UTSA receiving duo of Zakhari Franklin and Joshua Cephus both rank near the top of the chart for consecutive games with a reception entering the 2022 campaign. Franklin has caught a pass in all 34 career contests in which he has been available dating back to 2019, good for the second-longest streak in the FBS behind Minnesota's Chris Autman-Bell, who has a reception in 40 straight games. Cephus has at least one catch in 28 consecutive games dating back to the 2020 season opener, putting him in a tie for eighth nationally.
Franklin rewriting record book
UTSA senior Zakhari Franklin has rewritten UTSA's record book for receivers. The Biletnikoff Award and Reese's Senior Bowl watch list honoree smashed UTSA single-season standards for receptions (81), receiving yards (1,027), receiving yards per game (79.0) and receiving touchdowns (12) last fall en route to first-team all-conference and second-team Dave Campbell's Texas Football All-Texas College honors. The Cedar Hill High product matched his own school mark from 2020 with four 100-yard receiving games last fall, including a season-high 155 yards on 10 grabs in the 37-30 road win over Illinois. He also owns the program's single-game record for receptions with 12, which he turned into 138 yards and a pair of scores versus Army in 2020. He started the 2022 campaign off with a bang by catching 10 passes for 100 yards against No. 24 Houston. He then hauled in 10 passes for 122 yards and a pair of TDs in the 41-38 overtime win at Army to push his school record for 100-yard games to 11 and give him four of the top seven single-game receiving yardage totals in program history. Franklin continues to sit atop the UTSA all-time charts for receptions (188), receiving yards (2,434) and TD catches (24). Further, he ranks third among active FBS players in receptions, fifth in receptions per game (5.39), sixth in receiving touchdowns, seventh in receiving yards per game (71.6) and eighth in receiving yards.
Sure-handed Cephus
Joshua Cephus has built a reputation as a wide receiver who does not drop anything thrown his way. The senior from Houston has been tagged with only six drops during his career for a drop rate of 3.8% according to Pro Football Focus. He started 2022 with his second 100-yard game as a Roadrunner, piling up 106 yards on seven receptions, including a 51-yard catch-and-run that opened the scoring for UTSA. Cephus then recorded his second straight 100-yard game with 112 on 10 receptions in the 41-38 overtime triumph over Army. The Dekaney High product now has turned 154 catches into 1,737 yards and 13 touchdowns during his career, marks that rank in the top three on the program's all-time chart.
Clark creating highlight-reel catches
De'Corian "JT" Clark has emerged as one of UTSA's top receiving targets, often making catches worthy of a spot on any highlight reel. The senior from Fort Worth caught six passes for 70 yards and a pair of spectacular touchdown grabs in the season-opening setback to No. 24 Houston on Sept. 3. Clark — who gets his nickname from his middle name, John Thomas — hauled in a 15-yard pass from Frank Harris that gave the Roadrunners a 21-7 advantage in the third quarter, and he made a diving catch between two defenders on a 13-yard TD in the second overtime that helped force a third extra period. Clark provided another highlight catch with his game-winning 7-yard grab in the corner of the end zone to help lift UTSA to a 41-38 overtime triumph over Army on Sept. 10. A product of O.D. Wyatt High School, he is fast approaching the 1,000-yard mark for his career, as he now has 978 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 74 catches in 35 contests.
Cardenas a dual threat at tight end 
UTSA junior Oscar Cardenas has developed into a punishing blocker and reliable pass-catcher at the tight end position. The San Antonio Brandeis High graduate earned a spot on the John Mackey Award preseason watch list this summer after a breakout 2021 campaign. He appeared in all 14 games and made four starts last fall, catching 16 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. Cardenas played a role in one of the iconic moments in UTSA's history, hauling in the game-winning TD reception after a tipped pass with three seconds left in the 34-31 victory over UAB last November. He also had a 28-yard catch on the game-winning drive in the final minute versus the Blazers to help the Roadrunners clinch the Conference USA West Division title. Cardenas, who has 32 career contests under his belt, came up big in a key road triumph over WKU last season, as well, catching a pair of passes for 19 yards, including an 11-yard TD. He caught a pair of passes in the 2022 opener against No. 24 Houston including a key 25-yard reception that set up the game-tying field goal as time expired. He added two more receptions for 18 yards in the 41-38 overtime triumph over Army on Sept. 10.
Experience up front
UTSA brings back one of the most experienced offensive lines in the FBS this fall. The quartet of Kevin Davis (43 starts), Makai Hart (21), Terrell Haynes (22) and Ahofitu Maka (39) have combined for 125 career starts, which ranks fourth among all FBS schools. That foursome also has combined to play in 143 games, good for 10th nationally. With four starters returning, UTSA was tied with several other schools behind nine squads that returned all five starters this season.
Maka makes it happen on and off the field
Ahofitu Maka is back for his fourth season as UTSA's starting center, leading the way on a veteran offensive line. A second-team all-conference selection in each of the last two seasons, the Honolulu, Hawai'i, native has started 39 career games — 38 at center — as a Roadrunner after transferring from Independence Community College prior to the 2019 campaign. Dating back to the start of the 2020 season, the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy preseason watch list member has allowed only two sacks in more than 1,000 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, helping pave the way for a record-setting offense. In 2020, UTSA broke single-season program records for rushing yards (2,585), rushing yards per game (215.4), yards per rush (5.21) and rushing touchdowns (24). Maka surrendered just one sack and three hits on the quarterback in 430 pass-blocking snaps that season. Last fall, Maka — who landed on the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year watch list — started all 14 contests, allowing just one sack and three hits on the quarterback in 471 pass-blocking snaps to help UTSA set school records for total yards (6,146), total yards per game (439.0), passing yards (3,577), passing yards per game (255.5), points scored (516) and points per game (36.9). So far this season, Maka has not surrendered a sack or hit on the quarterback in 110 pass-blocking snaps. Also an excellent student, Maka is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll member, a 2021 C-USA All-Academic Team pick and a C-USA Academic Medal recipient.
Pouncing on loose balls
UTSA has built a reputation for coming up with takeaways in the Jeff Traylor era. The Roadrunners came up with 19 turnovers (11 interceptions/eight fumble recoveries) in 2020 and followed that by recovering 13 fumbles and picking off 12 passes for 25 takeaways last fall, good for 10th nationally. Through two games in 2022, UTSA has come up with three fumbles, tied for the 10th-best total among FBS teams. Dadrian Taylor recovered a fumble in the season opener against No. 24 Houston and Caleb Cantrell and Rashad Wisdom each came up with a recovery in the 41-38 overtime win over Army.
Wisdom in the secondary
UTSA senior safety Rashad Wisdom has been one of the team leaders since he stepped foot on campus in the spring semester of 2019. A two-time first-team all-conference performer, the Converse Judson High graduate has paced the Roadrunners in total tackles in each of the past two seasons, helping guide UTSA to 19 wins, a conference championship and a pair of bowl games during that timeframe. Last season, he recorded 88 tackles, 67 solo stops, four tackles for loss, six pass breakups and a forced fumble. The 2022 C-USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year logged 10-plus tackles three times, including a season-high 13 in the 52-46 road win over WKU, giving him eight career games with double-digit stops. A member of preseason watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik and Paycom Jim Thorpe Awards, he opened 2022 with five tackles, including four solo stops, against No. 24 Houston, followed by a tackle and a fumble recovery in the comeback win over Army. Wisdom now has 233 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five interceptions, four forced fumbles, two sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries in 40 career contests. Wisdom is ninth among active FBS players with 163 solo tackles and two interception returns for touchdowns, which also is good for a share of the school record.
Mayfield comfortable on an island
UTSA cornerback Corey Mayfield Jr. was thrown into the fire, so to speak, as a true freshman in 2018, seeing action in 10 games and drawing two starts. The Forney, Texas, native has made the most of that early playing time, developing into a steady presence at the position during the course of his career with 37 starts in 49 contests. The son of former Oklahoma and NFL defensive lineman Corey Mayfield, he has received honorable mention all-conference accolades in each of the past two seasons. Last fall, he registered 37 tackles, three tackles for loss, three pass breakups one forced fumble and an interception that he returned 49 yards for a touchdown in the 45-0 shutout of Rice. In 2020, he had a pair of interceptions and broke up a team-best six passes to go along with 37 stops and three TFLs. He started this season with six total tackles, four solo stops and a key pass breakup deep in UTSA territory against No. 24 Houston. Mayfield then registered three tackles and a key PBU in overtime of UTSA's 41-38 comeback win over Army on Sept. 10.
Linebacker leaders 
The Roadrunners are not short on leadership in the second line of defense this fall, as three players who earned one of the coveted single-digit jersey numbers lining up as starters at linebacker. The tandem of Trevor Harmanson, who is wearing No. 1, and Jamal Ligon, who is donning No. 8 for the second straight season, provides UTSA with two veterans in the middle. A super senior from Dickinson, Texas, Harmanson has recorded 195 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, a pair of sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and a pair of recoveries in 39 career contests. Ligon, a junior out of Tyler Lee High, has registered 153 tackles, nine TFLs, five sacks, two forced fumbles, a pair of recoveries and an interception in 25 games as a Roadrunner, and he owns the program single-game tackles record with 19. Meanwhile, Dadrian Taylor is back in his No. 7 jersey for his final year manning the SAM linebacker spot. In 47 career appearances, the Shiner, Texas, native has logged 91 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions, including a pick-six versus Louisiana Tech last season.
D-line rotation keeps Roadrunners fresh
UTSA defensive coordinator Jess Loepp uses a deep rotation up front to keep the Roadrunners fresh throughout the course of a game. The Roadrunners played nine defensive linemen in the season-opening 37-35, triple-overtime loss to No. 24 Houston. Brandon Brown, Brandon Matterson and Asyrus Simon drew starts and combined to register 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. Simon led that trio with seven stops, while Brown made 1.5 sacks and caused the fumble. Joe Evans (3 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks), Lamonte McDougle (2 tackles), Trumane Bell II (0.5 TFL, QBH), Christian Clayton (tackle), Zach Causey and Ronald Triplette also saw snaps against the Cougars. A total of 10 defensive linemen saw action in the 41-38 comeback triumph over Army on Sept. 10, led by Matterson (5 tackles, 0.5 TFL), McDougle (4 tackles), Bell (4 tackles, sack), Evans (3 tackles) and Nick Booker-Brown (3 tackles, sack).
Punter from Down Under
In its brief history, UTSA has developed consistent success in the punting game with the likes of Kristian Stern and Yannis Routsas, a 2017 Ray Guy Award semifinalist. Lucas Dean has emerged as the next in that strong punting lineage. A product of Prokick Australia and the first Roadrunner from Down Under, Dean has used an Australian Rules Football background to help provide UTSA with a weapon in the kicking game since his arrival on campus in 2019. As a true freshman, he averaged 40.8 yards on 65 punts and booted 12 of 50-plus yards. Dean provided quite the encore in 2020, shattering UTSA's single-season punting average record with a 46.0 mark to lead Conference USA and rank sixth nationally. He was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Year and a second-team All-American by the Sporting News in 2020. Last fall, Dean punted 47 times for a 45.2 average that ranks second on the program's single-season chart, earning second-team all-league accolades. The Ray Guy Award preseason watch list member owns three of the four longest punts in UTSA history, highlighted by his school-record 73-yard bomb against UAB last November. Dean opened 2022 by averaging 41.7 yards on three punts with a long of 58 and one inside the 20, and he is averaging 40.0 yards on five punts through two contests. He is 11th among active FBS punters with his UTSA-record 43.7 career average.
Welcome back, Sackett
Not often does a college football player finish his career where he started after transferring, but UTSA senior Jared Sackett is doing just that this season. As a true freshman in 2017, he made 19 of 22 field goals (.864) for the Roadrunners to rank third in the FBS in field goals per game (1.9) and ninth in field-goal percentage (.864) in 11 contests despite not appearing in the season opener. Those stats helped him become the second Freshman All-American in program history and UTSA's first Lou Groza Award semifinalist. The Fort Worth native connected on 14 of 19 field goals en route to his second straight season as a Groza Award semifinalist. After transferring to Arkansas to kick for a coaching staff that included Jeff Traylor, he sat out the 2019 season and then moved on to USF following a coaching change. Sackett made 5 of 7 field goals and all 10 extra points he tried in limited action in 2020 for the Bulls. After not kicking in any games last fall, he transferred back to UTSA for his final campaign, entering the season as a member of the Lou Groza Award watch list. He opened his second stint as a Roadrunner by drilling a pair of field goals, including a 37-yarder as time expired to send the game into overtime, and also made all three extra points and had two touchbacks on four kickoffs. Sackett was tabbed C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort against the Cougars.
Transfers making immediate impact
UTSA has seen several first-year transfers make an immediate impact this season. Nicktroy Fortune, who last played for West Virginia, has started the first two games at cornerback and registered eight tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup. LSU transfer Joe Evans has seen much action on the defensive line and owns six stops, 1.5 TFLs and half a sack in two games. NC State transfer defensive lineman Nick Booker-Brown made his UTSA debut in the 41-38 comeback win at Army, recording three tackles including a sack for a 5-yard loss. Pig Cage, a defensive back from LSU who started his career at Nicholls, logged a tackle in the season opener. On the offense, Venly Tatafu, who came from Independence Community College, earned the starting left tackle job and has helped the offense pile up 953 yards and 76 points through two games. Arkansas transfer running back Trelon Smith has rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Packing the Dome
UTSA fans have packed the Alamodome for the program's last four home games. The final three home contests of last season all topped the 30,000-fan plateau, and the Roadrunners drew 37,526 for the 2022 season opener versus Houston on Sept. 3. On Nov. 20, 2021, a total of 35,147 fans saw the Roadrunners pull out a 34-31 thriller against UAB to claim the Conference USA West Division title. Two weeks later, UTSA secured its first league crown with a 49-41 triumph over WKU in front of 41,148 fans, the third-largest crowd for a UTSA game at the Alamodome. The Roadrunners also beat Southern Miss in front of 30,105 fans on Nov. 13 and led C-USA in average home attendance last fall with an average of 26,643 for seven home games. Three of the Roadrunners' seven largest home crowds have occurred over their last four contests in the Alamodome. UTSA set NCAA modern startup program records in its first season by drawing 56,743 fans to the inaugural game against Northeastern State on Sept. 3, 2011, and by averaging 35,521 fans for six home contests that season. 
FBS graduates
UTSA boasts 22 graduates on its 2022 roster, a total that is tied for the third-most among FBS teams. Nebraska leads the way with 26, followed by Liberty and Rice with 23. The Roadrunners are equal with Baylor, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, North Texas, Pitt and Texas State.
UTSA's Graduates
Trumane Bell II
Tre'Von Bradley 
Brenden Brady
Quincy Cage
Caleb Cantrell 
Clifford Chattman
Kevin Davis 
Trevor Harmanson 
Frank Harris 
Makai Hart
Terrell Haynes 
Payne He'bert
Ahofitu Maka 
Brandon Matterson 
Lamonte McDougle
Dru Prox
Jared Sackett
Gavin Sharp 
Trelon Smith
Dadrian Taylor 
Tony Wallace
Julon Williams 
Brotherly duos
UTSA has three sets of brothers on the 2022 roster in safety Pig Cage and wide receiver Quincy Cage, offensive lineman Kevin Davis and wide receiver Isaiah Davis, along with outside linebackers Dadrian and Donyai Taylor. The Roadrunners are one of only nine FBS teams with multiple sets of brothers this season.
TV birds
Saturday's road opener will be televised on Longhorn Network, marking 113 straight televised/streamed appearances for the Roadrunners. The last UTSA game that was not broadcast was the 2012 season finale against Texas State. The first UTSA football game to be televised was against McMurry on Sept. 10, 2011, on Longhorn Network, which carried five contests during the inaugural season. This will mark the sixth time the Roadrunners will appear on LHN.
Sixteen Roadrunners set for super senior season
A total of 16 UTSA seniors have elected to take advantage of their extra year of eligibility this fall as a result of an NCAA blanket waiver for all 2020 fall sports student-athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brenden Brady
Caleb Cantrell
Clifford Chattman
Kevin Davis
Trevor Harmanson
Frank Harris
Makai Hart
Ahofitu Maka
Brandon Matterson
Corey Mayfield Jr.
Dru Prox
Jared Sackett
Gavin Sharp
Trelon Smith
Dadrian Taylor
Tony Wallace
Duo entering seventh season of college football
UTSA seniors Clifford Chattman and Dru Prox are in rare company as two of only 23 FBS players who are in at least their seventh season of college football. In fact, that duo makes UTSA the only school on the list with two current seventh-year players.
A focus on recruiting Texas
UTSA's 112-man roster features 87 players — 78% — who hail from the state of Texas. Louisiana stands second with five players, while there are three each from California, Florida and Mississippi and two apiece from Georgia and Tennessee. Hawai'i, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon and Virginia each have produced one current Roadrunner, while Lucas Dean is the lone UTSA player from Australia.
Keeping them home
UTSA head coach Jeff Traylor and his staff have placed an emphasis on recruiting the city of San Antonio and thesurrounding area. The current roster includes 26 players from Greater San Antonio with a team-high five hailing from perennial power Converse Judson High School.
Player (High School)
Rudy Aleman Jr. (Warren)
Brenden Brady (Steele)
Oscar Cardenas (Brandeis)
Cade Collenback (O'Connor)
Frank Harris (Clemens)
Caden Holt (New Braunfels Canyon)
Xion LaGrant (Cornerstone Christian)
Ethan Laing (Boerne Champion)
Caleb Lewis (Steele)
De'Anthony Lewis (Judson)
Deandre Marshall (Central Catholic)
Frankie Martinez (East Central)
Brandon Matterson (Brandeis)
Trey Moore (Smithson Valley)
Matthew O'Brien (New Braunfels)
Xavier Player (Steele)
Jalen Rainey (Brandeis)
Jaren Randle (Johnson)
Robert Rigsby (Judson)
Ben Rios (Central Catholic)
Justin Rodriguez (Johnson)
Kamron Scott (Judson)
Xavier Spencer (Judson)
Dre Spriggs (Harlan)
Julon Williams (Judson)
Rashad Wisdom (Judson)
UTSA's 210 Triangle of Toughness
Since his arrival in December 2019, UTSA head coach Jeff Traylor has instilled into the program his 210 Triangle Of Toughness Culture Pillars: Integrity, Passion, Mental & Physical Toughness, Selfless and Perfect Effort. As part of that culture, the players voted after fall camp on who would earn single-digit jersey numbers, a reward for representing mental and physical toughness on and off the field. The numbers 2, 1 and 0 — San Antonio's area code — were chosen for the players voted to represent the 210 Brand, the UTSA Triangle of Toughness. Below are the single-digit jersey numbers as voted by their teammates:
0 — Frank Harris, Rashad Wisdom
1 — De'Corian Clark, Trevor Harmanson
2 — Joshua Cephus, Corey Mayfield Jr.
3 — Brandon Matterson 
4 — Clifford Chattman, Zakhari Franklin
5 — Brenden Brady, Lucas Dean
6 — Kelechi Nwachuku
7 — Dadrian Taylor
8 — Jamal Ligon
9 — Brandon Brown, Oscar Cardenas
Offensive linemen Kevin Davis (61), Makai Hart (77), Terrell Haynes (58) and Ahofitu Maka (55) also received the necessary votes but cannot change to a single-digit number due to their position.
Leadership Council elected
Prior to the season, UTSA elected a Leadership Council made up of representatives from each position group.
Quarterbacks — Frank Harris
Running Backs — Brenden Brady
Wide Receivers — Joshua Cephus
Tight Ends — Oscar Cardenas
Offensive Line — Ahofitu Maka
Defensive Line — Brandon Brown
Inside Linebackers — Jamal Ligon
Outside Linebackers (S) — Dadrian Taylor
Outside Linebackers (W) — Trey Moore
Safeties — Kelechi Nwachuku, Rashad Wisdom
Cornerbacks — Corey Mayfield Jr.
Specialists — Caleb Cantrell, Lucas Dean
Up next
UTSA will return home to host Texas Southern in the non-conference finale on Saturday, Sept. 24. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. at the Alamodome and the game will air live on Stadium and Ticket 760 AM.