UTSA 26 – UTEP 13: Roadrunners Race Past Miners on Homecoming
UTSA (2-3, 1-1 C-USA) rushed for 320 yards as a team and contained the Miners (1-4, 0-2 C-USA) offense to 280 yards of total offense on the night, as the Roadrunners sped off to a 26-16 win over UTEP on homecoming night.
In front of 13,876 fans, the Miners struggled to gain any momentum offensively with senior quarterback Kai Locksley at the starting spot. Locksley completed just 2-of-8 passes for 41 passing yards, 24 rushing yards and was sacked three times.
In the first half, the Miners could not move the ball on offense to save their lives. Fortunately for the Miners, neither could UTSA for a large majority of the half.
The Roadrunners started off with a seven-play, 63-yard drive capped off by a nine-yard quarterback keeper touchdown from Lowell Narcisse, who started in place of the injured Frank Harris.
Three punts later, UTSA was able to put together a long 16-play drive that took 7:55 off the clock and resulted in a 23-yard field goal by Hunter Duplessis.
Under a minute left in the first half, UTEP was able to get their first points on the board on a 37-yard field goal by Gavin Baechle. By that point, the Miners had just 90 yards of total offense and went 0-for-6 on third down conversions.
UTSA stormed out of the half with a crippling nine-play, 75-yard touchdown capped off by an 18-yard touchdown pass from Narcisse to wideout Blaze Moorhead. Up 16-3, the Miners faced an uphill battle that ultimately resulted in a quarterback change.
Senior Brandon Jones came into the game after the Miners defense forced a UTSA turnover on downs, where he orchestrated a crisp five-play, 55-yard touchdown drive ending in a nine-yard rushing score by running back Treyvon Hughes. All of a sudden, the Miners were down 16-10 with momentum on their side.
However, the Miners could never capitalize offensively on the built-up momentum. The defense, in turn, allowed a pair of seamless scores by the Roadrunners—a field goal in the fourth quarter and a 51-yard rushing touchdown credited to Sincere McCormick.
The Miners would finish the game by scoring on a two-yard passing touchdown from Jones to Tre'Shon Wolf during garbage time.
UTSA is now 4-0 at the Sun Bowl versus the Miners during their shorter stint in C-USA. McCormick broke the Roadrunners' single-game rushing record with 189 on the night, while Narcisse ended with 115 rushing yards, compared to just 46 passing yards.
Jones completed 14-of-22 passes tonight for 140 yards and a touchdown. The Miners were 2-for-12 in third down situations, while allowing a total of 366 total yards on defense. UTEP was penalized eight times for 75 yards.
Next up, the Miners will have a bye week as they prepare for Florida International on the road, set for Saturday, Oct. 19.