SAN ANTONIO – The UTSA Roadrunners will look for another signature win Thursday night when they take on the Arizona Wildcats in the program's first nationally televised primetime game at the Alamodome.
The Roadrunners opened the 2014 season with a dominating win at Houston last Friday. UTSA spoiled the debut of Houston's new stadium and have now won six games in a row dating back to last season, all against FBS opponents.
It's been a remarkable rise for UTSA, which has only had a football program since 2011. The Roadrunners have one of the most experienced rosters in college football, with 21 returning starters and more seniors (37) than most programs have in two seasons.
UTSA lost to Arizona last season in Tucson 38-13, but the Wildcats know this will be a tough early season test.
"I told our team right after the (first) game that we're going to have a tougher opponent on the road," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. "We have a lot of respect for them in how hard they play."
Arizona enters Thursday night's game after a blowout 58-13 win over UNLV in their opener. The Wildcats are predicted to compete for the PAC 12's South Division crown and have one of the most explosive offenses in the country.
"I was really disappointed when I saw them on tape, how good they are," UTSA coach Larry Coker said with a laugh. "I was hoping they wouldn't look that good, but they're pretty good."
The game can be seen live on Fox Sports 1, but UTSA officials hope to sellout the Alamodome and said they have big plans for fans attending the game.
Food Trucks will offer dinner options prior to the game in Rowdy Town on the north plaza of the dome. Live music will begin on the Bud Light Stage at 5 p.m and free entertainment for kids will be provided in Rowdy Town by game-sponsors H-E-B, State Farm and Games to You.
Once inside, additional concessions operations have been opened including mixed beverage locations on all three levels of the Alamodome. Alcoholic beverages now can be carried between levels.
The excitement for the UTSA football team has never been higher and students are ready to make it a tough atmosphere for the visitors. "Everybody is getting rowdy," said freshman Craig Kneifel. "They already won in Houston last week, so I know they are pumped and ready to go," said senior Alexis St. John.
Kickoff takes place at 7 p.m. The game has been designated as the annual "Orange Out" and fans are encouraged to wear orange to the game.