With the start of football season around the corner, here is the seventh of a 12-part series of season previews on the Louisiana Tech opponents for the upcoming season. Tech will host the Roadrunners on Oct. 23 for homecoming at Joe Aillet Stadium. Kickoff time is 6 p.m. CT and the game will be shown on Stadium.
2020 Record: 7-5 (5-2 in C-USA)
Bowl Appearance: L, 31-24 to UL-Lafayette in the Servpro First Responders Bowl (Dallas)
Head Coach: Jeff Traylor (2nd Year)
All-time Series: LA Tech leads 7-2
Last Meeting: UTSA 27, LA Tech 26 (2020) – In a pivotal West Division showdown in San Antonio, UTSA rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to snap a six-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. Roadrunner running back Sincere McCormick rushed for 165 yards and three scores, including two in the final stanza, to lead UTSA to the come-from-behind win. Tech led 19-6 at the half on four Jacob Barnes field goals and a TD reception by Jacob Adams, but the Bulldogs had no answer for McCormick in the second half (135 yards and three scores after halftime). Ezekiel Barnett’s 60-yard interception return for a TD late in the third quarter appeared to give Tech all the momentum as well as a 26-13 lead. But McCormick scored on runs of six and 45-yards in the fourth.
UTSA Outlook: After taking much of Conference USA by surprise last year, the Roadrunners are one of the sexy picks to take the West Division in 2021. Second year head coach Jeff Traylor led UTSA to a second-place finish in the West Division last season and an appearance in the Servpro First Responders Bowl against UL-Lafayette. The seven wins are the most by a first-year UTSA head coach, while the Roadrunners notched the best overall and conference win totals since the 2013 team went 7-5 and 6-2. Roadrunner fans have plenty to be excited about with the return of All-American and 2020 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year Sincere McCormick in the backfield. McCormick rushed for 1,467 yards and 11 TDs (all single season records) and was second in the nation in rushing yards. QB Frank Harris returns under center after passing for 1,630 yards and 12 scores while former LSU signal caller Lowell Narcisse also returns for another year. Defensively, UTSA allowed just over 25 points per game last season while forcing 19 turnovers, including 11 interceptions. First team all-CUSA safety Rashad Wisdom led the Roadrunners defense with 95 tackles and four interceptions. UTSA also boasts one of the top kickers in C-USA in first team all-leaguer Hunter Duplessis, who hit 17 of 20 field goals including 5-of-8 from 40-plus yards.
Season/Single Game Tickets: LA Tech fans can purchase season tickets for the 2021 year by calling 318-257-3631 or going to LATechSports.com/tickets. The Bulldogs host six home games this year, including a marquee non-conference match-up against SMU.
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