Week in Review – 10/20/16

It was a great week for UTSA athletics as they combined to win 4 of 5 games over the weekend across all sports, all-time records were broken in football, soccer kept their tournament hopes alive, and a UTSA alum played the best game of his NFL career.

FOOTBALL

The Roadrunner faithful showed up in force on Saturday for UTSA’s game against the 0-5 Rice Owls in Houston.

It was an ugly game, highlighted by the fact that the play clocks at Rice Stadium were inoperable throughout the entire game and the referees did nothing to stymie the Owls consistent abuse of the situation.

However, UTSA held on to win 14-13, with a supposedly blocked extra point attempt being the difference in the game. Dalton Sturm finished the game with 209 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-25 passing, and now sits at #19 in the country, and third in conference, in passing efficiency.

Jarveon Williams ran for 40 yards on the day, putting him at 1,786 career rushing yards and surpassing David Glasco II (1,752 yards), making Williams the program’s all-time leading rusher.

Brett Winnegan only returned one kickoff in the game, but the 21-yard effort was enough to surpass Kam Jones (989 yards) to become the team’s all-time leader in kickoff return yards with 999.

The Roadrunners (3-3, 2-1 C-USA) will look to extend their winning streak as they return home to face the UTEP Miners (1-5, 0,3) on Saturday in the annual Homecoming Game.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The UTSA soccer team was in need of at least one win this weekend in order to keep the C-USA Tournament in reach.

After squandering a 2-1 halftime lead and going on to lose 3-2 against UTEP, the Roadrunners traveled to Birmingham and secured three points with a 2-1 victory over UAB.

Read more: UTSA Soccer keeps tournament hopes alive

UTSA (9 pts) will kick off this weekend’s action on Thursday night with their final road game of the season against league-leading Western Kentucky (18 pts), before returning home on Sunday for a very winnable match against FIU (5 pts) as they look to qualify for their first postseason appearance since the 2011 Southland Conference Tournament.

VOLLEYBALL

The Roadrunner volleyball team traveled to Murfreesboro on Friday looking to restart their winning streak against a struggling Middle Tennessee squad, and came away with a convincing four-set victory, UTSA’s first sub-five-setter since the conference opener three weeks ago.

The Roadrunners then returned home for a match against UTEP on Sunday. It was a back-and-forth match that went to five sets yet again, with UTSA finally clicking to win the fifth set 15-7 and take the match.

Fans will get a chance to see a likely preview of late-round tournament games this weekend, as conference #3 UTSA (5-1 C-USA) takes on #2 Rice (6-1) on Friday and #1 WKU (7-0) on Sunday. Western Kentucky has won 11-straight and is ranked #20 in the nation in RPI.

ROADRUNNERS IN THE PROS

Brian Price was cut by the Packers and later named to their practice squad, while David Morgan II has returned to practice following a Vikings bye week, which made Teddy Williams the only UTSA alum in action for the second straight week.

Read more: Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 6

Williams did not disappoint, however, as he recorded the first interception of his career – the first by any Roadrunner in the NFL – and a career-high six tackles, as the Panthers fell to New Orleans, 41-38.

 

Week in Review – 10/14/16

Football

It was a historic weekend for UTSA as they routed division-favorites Southern Miss, 55-32, breaking numerous school records in the process.

Led by running back duo Jalen Rhodes and Jarveon Williams, the Roadrunners averaged 11.3 yards per play in the contest – a number that hasn’t been hit in FBS play since 2013 when Florida State averaged 11.6 against Syracuse on the way to a National Championship.

Redshirt freshman Josiah Tauaefa was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week after recording 12 tackles and the first interception of his career. Tauaefa is tied for the third-most tackles per game in the FBS, and is on pace to be a shoo-in Freshman All-American.

Read more: Record Book – UTSA vs. Southern Miss

UTSA (2-3, 1-1 C-USA) will look to carry that momentum into this weekend’s game at Rice (0-5, 0-3 C-USA), the last remaining winless team in the league, as the Roadrunner faithful make their biennial pilgrimage down I-10 to paint Rice Stadium orange.

Photo credit: A Concurrent Affair

Volleyball

The UTSA volleyball team’s nine-game winning streak finally came to an end this weekend as they lost their lone match of the week at Marshall, three sets to two.

The Roadrunners (3-1 C-USA) will look to get back on track this weekend as they travel to Murfreesboro on Friday to face Middle Tennessee (1-5) before a quick turnaround for a home game on Sunday against UTEP (2-3).

Women’s Soccer

In their first game of the weekend, the Roadrunners fell to Rice 3-2, squandering a 1-0 lead at halftime. Both goals were scored by defender/forward Alexis Alaniz, helping her to become the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.

After giving up 2+ goals in seven straight matches, UTSA’s defense hit their stride at just the right time in the second match of the weekend, recording their first shutout of the season in their 3-0 victory over defending conference champions North Texas, handing the Mean Green their first loss in conference play this year.

UTSA’s first goal was scored by senior Brianna Livecchi from 25 yards out, officially assisted by goalkeeper Hannah Weisse, who booted the ball downfield before being mis-hit by a North Texas defender and blasted past the goalkeeper by Livecchi. Norwegian forward Kaja Skare put the final nail in the coffin, burying a penalty in the 82nd minute following a handball in the box. It was her 7th goal of the season, just three goals shy of the UTSA record set by Allison Dillon in 2007.

The Roadrunners (6 pts) will kick off a three-game road stretch this weekend with games at UTEP (6) on Friday and bottom-of-table UAB (4) on Sunday.

Roadrunners in the Pros

Brian Price was inactive for the Packers last weekend, and David Morgan II remained sidelined with an injury, leaving Teddy Williams as the lone UTSA representative in NFL action last weekend. Williams’ Panthers fell to Tampa Bay, 17-14, with the former track star appearing on a season-high 32 snaps.

Read more: Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 5

Former UTSA golfer Johan Edfors won the Terre dei Consoli Open on Sunday, finishing 13 under par. It was the fourth Challenge Tour win of his career, and puts him 33rd in the Road to Oman rankings.

Week in Review – 10/7/16

Football

The UTSA football team got a much needed bye last weekend coming off three straight losses and a 1-3 start to the season.

The Roadrunners return to action at the Alamodome on Saturday against the 4-1 Southern Miss Golden Eagles, who look to knock off a third Texas C-USA team in as many weeks.

Volleyball

The winning streak continued for UTSA as they defeated North Texas on Friday and UTEP on Sunday. Both matches saw UTSA take the first two sets, only to allow their opponents to rally back and take it to five sets, which UTSA ultimately won in both cases.

Outside hitter Dajana Boskovic was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season as she recorded a league-high 41 kills in the two matches last weekend.

The NCAA released the first set of RPI rankings this week, with UTSA coming in at 56th, joined by conference foes WKU (22) and Rice (80) in the top 100. All three teams are sitting on 7+ game winning streaks and undefeated in conference.

The Roadrunners have now won nine straight matches, with their last loss coming over a month ago on September 3 against Army. They travel to Huntington, WV for a match-up with 13-5 Marshall (2-1 C-USA) on Sunday as they go for ten straight.

Women’s Soccer

After a promising start to the season, the Roadrunners came away with zero points from two matches this weekend. ODU dominated the match on Friday, out-shooting the Roadrunners 14-6 on the way to a 3-0 shutout.

Sunday’s match at Charlotte saw UTSA squander a 2-1 halftime lead to lose 3-2 after double overtime. UTSA now sits at the bottom of the table with 3 points, tied with Middle Tennessee, who the Roadrunners defeated in the opening match of conference play.

UTSA returns home this weekend and looks to get back on track with two in-state conference matches against 2-2 Rice on Friday and league-leading North Texas (3-0) on Sunday.

Roadrunners in the NFL

None of UTSA’s alumni were in action last week, but it sounds like we may see both Teddy Williams and Brian Price return to action in Week 5, while David Morgan II remains sidelined with a knee injury.