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Harris sacked four times, UTSA falls to Florida Atlantic 24-3

Sincere McCormick held to 54 yards rushing

UTSA quarterback Frank Harris, left, is pressured by Middle Tennessee linebacker DQ Thomas (20) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in San Antonio.
UTSA quarterback Frank Harris, left, is pressured by Middle Tennessee linebacker DQ Thomas (20) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo)

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Nick Tronti threw for a touchdown, ran for another and Florida Atlantic beat UTSA 24-3 on Saturday.

After having five of their first six games canceled due to COVID-19 reasons, and then losing at Marshall last week with a depleted roster, the Owls (2-1, 2-1 Conference USA) were closer to full strength in beating the Roadrunners (4-4, 2-2).

FAU only had two players sidelined due to COVID-19. A total of 43 players who began fall camp did not travel to Marshall, including 28 related to COVID-19.

Tronti connected with Aaron Young for 27 yards and a touchdown following a Vladimir Rivas field goal for a 10-0 first-quarter lead. After Hunter Duplessis got UTSA’s only points with a 49-yard field goal, Tronti completed a nine-play, 80-yard drive with a 2-yard run to lead 17-3 at halftime. That touchdown was set up by a 36-yard completion to TJ Chase.

James Charles added a 2-yard touchdown run late after UTSA turned the ball over on downs at its 19-yard line.

Malcomb Davidson rushed for 115 yards on 14 carries for FAU.

UTSA's Sincere McCormick, who came in with a FBS-leading 867 yards rushing, was held to 54 yards by a FAU defense that included three sacks by Jaylen Joyner.

Attendance was 5,026 with FAU limiting capacity to 20% in its 29,419-seat stadium.

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