Week in Review – 10/27/16

It was a tough weekend for UTSA as volleyball split their matches against the league’s top two teams, soccer lost both of theirs and now need help to make the conference tournament, while football lost in the longest game in C-USA history.

FOOTBALL

The Roadrunners entered Saturday’s contest against UTEP with just their second multi-game winning streak in the last two and a half years, and a real shot at becoming bowl eligible for the first time in program history. But all that changed when UTSA squandered a 28-14 lead and lost to the Miners after five overtimes, 52-49.

The five-overtime performance was the longest game in UTSA and Conference USA history, and tied for the fifth-longest in all of FBS.

One of the bright spots for UTSA was Kerry Thomas Jr., who hauled in two touchdown passes and surpassed David Morgan II as UTSA’s all-time leader in receiving touchdowns.

UTSA (3-4, 2-2 C-USA) takes on North Texas (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) this Saturday at the Alamodome, after the Mean Green shocked Army last week with a 35-18 victory over the 19-point favorites.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

UTSA dropped both of their matches last weekend, falling 2-0 to WKU on Thursday and 2-1 in overtime against FIU on Sunday.

All four goals allowed by the Roadrunners came after the 80th minute, continuing a trend of late defensive struggles that have plagued the team all year.

Read more: Late goals doom Roadrunners heading into final weekend

Despite the losses, UTSA still has an outside shot at making the C-USA Tournament, as long as they can beat Louisiana Tech and get some help in four or five other league matches.

The Roadrunners (9 pts) take on Louisiana Tech (15 pts) at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Park West Athletic Complex. The team needs our support, so if you’re in town make your way out to Park West and support the ladies on their quest for their first C-USA Tournament appearance.

VOLLEYBALL

UTSA volleyball hosted the league’s two best teams last weekend, and the crowds at the Convo did not disappoint.

In their first match of the weekend against #2 Rice, the Roadrunners notched their second sweep in conference play and their first in the team’s last six games. Dajana Boskovic set the record for most kills in a three-game match with 27 against the Owls.

Sunday’s match against top-25 WKU proved to be a much larger challenge, however, as the Roadrunners only lasted four sets against the Hilltoppers and the league’s best team extended their winning streak to 13 games. It was the 22nd win for WKU this year, the second-most in all of Division I.

Despite the loss, UTSA moved up to 59th in the RPI rankings after the weekend’s performances, their highest ranking of the season.

The Roadrunners (6-2 C-USA) will travel out of state for two matches this weekend against UAB (3-6) and Louisiana Tech (1-8) as they look to punch their ticket to the conference tournament.

ROADRUNNERS IN THE PROS

It was a rather lackluster weekend for UTSA alumni in the NFL, with Teddy Williams and the Panthers on a bye week, while David Morgan II returned from injury but only earned five snaps all game in the Vikings first loss of the year.

Read more: Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 7

Both players will be back in action this weekend, as Williams looks to hold onto his newfound playing time, while Morgan looks to earn his back.

 

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.