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UTSA to open 2023 season on Saturday night at Houston

Roadrunners and Cougars to meet in nationally televised contest at TDECU Stadium

UTSA Roadrunners (0-0)
Houston Cougars (0-0)
6:05 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 2
TDECU Stadium | Houston, Texas

TV: FS1 
Radio: Ticket 760 AM / UTSA Sports Media Network
Live Stats: statbroadcast.com
Series History: Houston leads 2-1
Last Meeting: Houston 37, UTSA 35 (3OT) • San Antonio, Texas

• UTSA will open its 13th season of play, fourth under head coach Jeff Traylor and first as a member of the American Athletic Conference on Saturday at Houston.
• The Roadrunners and Cougars, who left The American for the Big 12 Conference this summer, will meet in a season opener for the second straight year and third time overall.
• Houston leads the series, 2-1, after outlasting the Roadrunners, 37-35, in triple overtime last year at the Alamodome.
• UTSA won the only previous meeting in Houston with a 27-7 decision on Aug. 29, 2014, in the first game played at TDECU Stadium.
• The Roadrunners are 30-10 under Jeff Traylor, including a 23-5 mark over the last two seasons, the fourth-best win total among FBS teams during that span behind only Georgia (29), Michigan (25) and Alabama (24).
• UTSA is receiving 64 votes in the AP Top 25 and 59 in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.
• The Roadrunners have won three of their last four season openers and are 9-3 all-time.
• UTSA is 32-19 versus teams from the state of Texas.
• The Roadrunners are 4-2 in games played in the city of Houston.
• The Greater Houston Area is home to 26 current Roadrunners.

UTSA will open the 13th season in program history on Saturday, Sept. 2, against Houston. Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m. at TDECU Stadium and the game will air on FS1 and KTKR-AM Ticket 760. The Roadrunners — who are receiving votes in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll — and the Cougars are meeting in both teams’ season opener for the second straight and third time overall. Houston outlasted UTSA, 37-35, in triple overtime on Sept. 3, 2022, at the Alamodome in the last meeting, while the Roadrunners scored a 27-7 road victory on Aug. 29, 2014, in the first game played at TDECU Stadium. The matchup pits teams playing their first game as a member of a new league with UTSA moving from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference and Houston leaving The American to join the Big 12 Conference.

Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on FS1, marking UTSA’s sixth all-time appearance on the network. Chris Myers (play-by-play) and Robert Smith (analysis) will call the action. The game also will air live in the San Antonio area on Ticket 760, online at Ticket760.com and via the free iHeartRadio app. Andy Everett (play-by-play), Jay Riley (analysis) and Pat Evans (reporter) have the call. There will be a two-hour pregame and 45-minute postgame show.

UTSA has won three of its last four and is 9-3 all-time in season openers. The Roadrunners defeated UIW 35-7 in the 2019 season opener, outlasted Texas State 51-48 in double overtime three years ago in Jeff Traylor’s debut and upended Illinois 37-30 in 2021 before dropping a 37-35 triple-overtime decision to No. 24 Houston last year. Saturday’s matchup with Houston is the third time the two teams have faced off in a season opener. The Roadrunners were slated to open the 2017 campaign versus Houston, but Hurricane Harvey forced that game to be canceled. This also marks the third time in the last four years and ninth time overall that UTSA will open a season on the road.

UTSA in Season Openers (9-3)




Sept. 3, 2011

Northeastern State

W, 31-3

Sept. 1, 2012

at South Alabama

W, 33-31

Aug. 31, 2013

at New Mexico

W, 21-13

Aug. 29, 2014

at Houston

W, 27-7

Sept. 3, 2015

at #22 Arizona

L, 32-42

Sept. 3, 2016

Alabama State

W, 26-13

Sept. 9, 2017

at Baylor

W, 17-10

Sept. 1, 2018

at Arizona State

L, 7-49

Aug. 31, 2019


W, 35-7

Sept. 12, 2020

at Texas State

W, 51-48 (2OT)

Sept. 4, 2021

at Illinois

W, 37-30

Sept. 3, 2022

#24 Houston

L, 35-37 (3OT)

Saturday’s matchup at Houston will mark the ninth time UTSA has opened a season on the road. The Roadrunners are 6-2 in such contests and have won their past two with the 51-48 double-overtime victory at Texas State in 2020 and the 37-30 triumph over Illinois the following year. Overall, UTSA has won three consecutive road openers under Jeff Traylor after the 41-38 overtime victory at Army in the second game last season to move to 7-5 all-time.

The Roadrunners are 32-19 all-time against teams from the state of Texas including a 12-3 mark under fourth-year head coach Jeff Traylor. Houston will mark the first of four opponents from the Lone Star State on the 2023 schedule, joining Texas State (Sept. 9), North Texas (Nov. 4) and Rice (Nov. 11).

UTSA vs. Texas teams
1-2 vs. Baylor
1-2 vs. Houston
1-0 vs. Lamar
0-1 vs. McMurry
6-5 vs. North Texas
7-3 vs. Rice
0-1 vs. Sam Houston
1-0 vs. Stephen F. Austin
0-1 vs. Texas
0-2 vs. Texas A&M
1-0 vs. Texas A&M-Commerce
1-0 vs. Texas Southern
4-0 vs. Texas State
1-0 vs. UIW
8-2 vs. UTEP
32-19 overall

It will be a homecoming this weekend for nearly a quarter of the UTSA roster, as a total of 26 Roadrunners call the Greater Houston Area home.

Player (High School)
Kam Alexander (Manvel)
David Amador II (Galena Park North Shore)
Nick Booker-Brown (Spring Westfield)
Brandon Brown (Katy Morton Ranch)
Joshua Cephus (Spring Dekaney)
Camron Cooper (Dayton)
Mason Culton (Cypress Bridgeland)
Je’Vaun Dabon (Cypress Ridge)
Dan Dishman (Clear Falls)
Bryce Grays (Fort Bend Christian Academy)
Mason Hall (Fort Bend Ridge Point)
Payne He’Bert (Pearland Dawson)
Brandon High (Conroe Grand Oaks)
Alpha Khan (Katy Mayde Creek)
Luke Lapeze (Humble Summer Creek)
Tai Leonard (Galena Park North Shore)
Davin Martin (Klein Cain)
Willie McCoy (Bellaire)
Grayson Medford (Katy Seven Lakes)
Avery Morris (Humble Atascocita)
Patrick Overmyer (Kingwood Park)
Owen Pewee (Cypress Park)
Asyrus Simon (Humble Atascocita)
Ronald Triplette (Alvin Shadow Creek)
Patrick Wallace (St. Thomas)
James Walley Jr. (Fort Bend Ridge Point)

The Cougars are coming off an 8-5 campaign that was capped with a 23-16 victory over Louisiana in the Independence Bowl. Houston is receiving three votes in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll as it enters its fifth season under head coach Dana Holgorsen, who is 27-20 at the helm. Individually, 20 Cougars have received preseason plaudits paced by offensive lineman Patrick Paul with a total of 10 honors.

Saturday will mark the fourth meeting between UTSA and Houston. The Cougars lead the all-time series, 2-1, but the Roadrunners won the only previous matchup in Space City, a 27-7 decision on Aug. 29, 2014, in the first game played at TDECU Stadium. Houston outlasted UTSA, 37-35, in three overtimes in the last meeting on Sept. 3, 2022, and also scored a 59-28 triumph on Sept. 28, 2013, at the Alamodome. The two teams were scheduled to meet in the 2017 lid-lifter, but Hurricane Harvey forced that game to be canceled.

UTSA/Houston All-Time Series





Houston 59, UTSA 28

San Antonio


UTSA 27, Houston 7



#24 Houston 37, UTSA 35 (3OT)

San Antonio

Frank Harris passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another, but Clayton Tune threw for 206 yards and three TDs and scored on an 8-yard two-point conversion in the third overtime to lift Houston to a 37-35 victory on Sept. 3, 2022, in front of 37,526 fans at the Alamodome. The Roadrunners built a 21-7 lead that lasted into the fourth quarter, but the Cougars rallied to tie things up with 12:26 left to play. Houston then took a 24-21 lead in the final minute after a Bubba Baxa 35-yard field goal. Harris then marched UTSA 55 yards down the field in less than 20 seconds, keyed by a 25-yard completion over the middle to Oscar Cardenas that set up Jared Sackett’s 37-yard field goal that knotted the score as time expired. Both teams settled for field goals in the first overtime to send the game into a second extra period tied at 27-27. Tune found the end zone on a 1-yard keeper and then connected with Nathaniel Dell on the required 2-point conversion attempt to make it 35-27. The Roadrunners answered with a 13-yard TD catch by De’Corian Clark followed by a Harris plunge to paydirt that forced triple overtime, which consists of alternating two-point conversion attempts. UTSA’s boisterous crowd helped forced a false start on Houston, but Tune scrambled to his right and dove into the end zone to put the visitors up by two. The Roadrunners had one more shot to tie it up, but the pass sailed out of bounds, as Houston held on to hand UTSA its first loss in a season opener at home and first setback in a season lid-lifter since 2018.

This will be the seventh game UTSA has played in the city of Houston. The Roadrunners won the only previous meeting with Houston at TDECU Stadium, 27-7, in 2014 and they are 3-2 versus Rice at Rice Stadium.

UTSA in Houston





Rice 34, UTSA 14

Rice Stadium


UTSA 27, Houston 7

TDECU Stadium


Rice 17, UTSA 7

Rice Stadium


UTSA 14, Rice 13

Rice Stadium


UTSA 20, Rice 3

Rice Stadium


UTSA 41, Rice 7

Rice Stadium

Now in their 13th season of play, the Roadrunners will play the 147th game in program history on Saturday when they face Houston. UTSA is 75-71 all-time and 31-39 in road games. By comparison, Houston is entering its 78th season of football and owns a 468-386-15 record.

UTSA will return home to host Texas State on Saturday, Sept. 9. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at the Alamodome and the game will air on ESPN+ and Ticket 760.