PACK THE DOME: Traylor, UTSA want record-setting crowd for Conference USA Championship Game
For the second straight season, UTSA will host the Conference USA Championship Game, and head coach Jeff Traylor wants to pack the Alamodome with a record-setting crowd to help the Roadrunners take on North Texas.
Jeff Traylor trolls CFP after Roadrunners left out of first playoff rankings and referred to as ‘USTA’
UTSA head football coach Jeff Traylor trolled the College Football Playoff committee and committee chair Gary Barta after the unbeaten Roadrunners were left out of the initial playoff rankings and Barta referred to the Roadrunners as “USTA.”
No. 16 La.-Lafayette tops UTSA 31-24 in First Responder Bowl
16 Louisiana-Lafayette beat UTSA 31-24 in the First Responder Bowl on Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium. The Ragin’ Cajuns (10-1) drove 72 yards in 12 plays for the winning score after UTSA (7-5) overcame a 24-7 second-half deficit to tie it. UTSA: The Roadrunners, playing in the program’s second bowl, fell short of compiling the first four-game winning streak in the program’s nine-year history. The Ragin’ Cajuns are scheduled to open at Texas after upsetting then-No. UTSA: The Roadrunners should be experienced at the offensive skill positions with Harris, a junior, and sophomore running back Sincere McCormick scheduled to return.
Sun Belt co-champ La-Lafayette vs UTSA in 1st Responder Bowl
WHAT’S AT STAKELouisiana-Lafayette is playing in its third bowl game in a row under coach Billy Napier. UTSA, with first-year coach Jeff Traylor, has a three-game winning streak and is one win away from matching the program record of eight set in 2012. Louisiana-Lafayette has the Sun Belt's best pass defense, allowing 167 yards per game, and gives up 347 total yards per game. The Roadrunners are playing in their first bowl game since the 2016 New Mexico Bowl, when they matched an NCAA modern startup record when playing in a bowl game in only its sixth season as a program. ... UTSA was initially headed to the Frisco Bowl, but that game was canceled after expected opponent SMU had COVID-19 issues.
UTSA head football coach officially out for bowl game
SAN ANTONIO – Jeff Traylor is officially out for his first-ever bowl game as the head football coach of the UTSA Roadrunners after the school announced on Christmas Eve that he tested positive for COVID-19 a second time. In a statement, the university says Traylor received his second positive test on Thursday afternoon, even though he is not experiencing any symptoms. Traylor has remained in isolation since his first positive test on Wednesday and is following the guidance set forth by university medical staff and state and local health officials. Since Traylor will not be able to travel with the team, UTSA associate head football coach and offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. will serve as acting head coach on Saturday. The Roadrunners face off against 16-Lousiana in the ServPro First Responders Bowl at 2:30 p.m. in Dallas on the campus of SMU.
UTSA head football coach tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Saturday bowl game
SAN ANTONIO – The University of Texas at San Antonio confirmed that head football coach Jeff Traylor has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Roadrunner’s Saturday bowl game. According to a statement by the university, the team is prepared to play without Traylor, should he not be cleared to travel with the team in time for the game. The University of Texas at San Antonio released the following statement following Traylor’s diagnosis:“UTSA head coach Jeff Traylor has tested positive for COVID-19 through a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test performed as part of weekly testing protocols on Wednesday afternoon and is not experiencing any symptoms. “UTSA continues preparations for the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl against No. “In the event Jeff Traylor is not cleared to travel with the team to Dallas, associate head coach/ offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. will serve as acting head coach on Saturday.”Related: BOWL BOUND: UTSA accepts invite to play bowl game this Saturday
COLLEGE CORNER: New bowl, new team
UTSA head football coach Jeff Traylor addresses the media Sunday, December 20, 2020 after finding out the Roadrunners will face the No. Last Sunday, UTSA accepted the invitation to face SMU in their second bowl appearance in program history. That bad news turned into something better for head coach Jeff Traylor and the Roadrunners. UTSA had already accepted a bid to play in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl the day after Christmas. “Obviously, they are nationally ranked, they beat Iowa State, barely lost to Coastal Carolina, beat UAB,” said head coach Jeff Traylor Sunday evening.
BOWL BOUND: UTSA accepts invite to play bowl game this Saturday
SAN ANTONIO – For the second time in the 10-year history of UTSA football, the Roadrunners will play in a bowl game after accepting an invitation to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl to face SMU. “We’re excited to accept an invitation to play in the Frisco Bowl,” said head coach Jeff Traylor. We love to play football. “We’ve never won a bowl game before. I believe If we were to win 8 games that would tie for the most wins in school history.”UTSA will face SMU in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl.
Harris throws TD pass in relief of injured QB Narcisse, but Army beats UTSA 28-16
SAN ANTONIO – Anthony Adkins had a career-best 66-yard touchdown run and finished with 101 yards to lead Army to a 28-16 victory over UTSA on Saturday. Army (5-1) then added a touchdown run per quarter each from Jakobi Buchanan, Tyhier Tyler, and freshman quarterback Cade Ballard. Tyler's 37-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter stretched the lead to 21-10. Ballard carried the ball three times and had his first career touchdown run, a 5-yarder in the fourth. Sincere McCormick had 133 yards rushing for UTSA (3-3).
McCormick rushes for 2 TDs, UTSA holds off Middle Tennessee
SAN ANTONIO – Backup Josh Adkins threw for 233 yards and a touchdown, Sincere McCormick rushed for 82 yards and two scores, and UTSA held off Middle Tennessee 37-35 on Friday night in a Conference USA opener for both teams. Duplessis made his 16th straight field goal with 11:39 remaining for a 37-29 lead, but UTSA punted on its next two possessions. Middle Tennessee put together a 13-play, 72-yard scoring drive, ending with 1:04 remaining, but its two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful in front of a sparse crowd at the Alamodome. Zakhari Franklin had 119 receiving yards and a score, and freshman Jamal Ligon set a program record with 19 tackles for UTSA (3-0). Asher O’Hara threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns, but he also had two first-half interceptions for Middle Tennessee (0-3).
Harris accounts for 3 TDs in UTSA’s 24-10 victory
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Frank Harris ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead UTSA to a 24-10 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. Harris accounted for 373 of the Roadrunners' 498 yards of offense, His 23-yard quarterback draw gave UTSA (2-0) a 14-point lead with just over seven minutes to play. The lead was cut to 10 only seconds later when Trae Self hit Xavier Gibson with a 10-yard TD pass. Harris had 104 yards rushing on 17 carries and a career-high 269 in the air on 23-of-36 passing with an interception. Sincere McCormick added 98 yards rushing.
UTSA fans embrace Jeff Traylor era
SAN MARCOS – There was a buzz of activity among UTSA spectators entering Bobcat Stadium Saturday. Although a 51-48 double overtime win over I-35 rivals, Texas State, in their season opener doesn’t hurt, Runners fans were already poised to embrace first year UTSA head coach, Jeff Traylor, in his first game heading the team. Caleb Hopkins, a 2016 UTSA alumnus, said it’s been a few years since there was this much energy surrounding the program. “I’m super excited," said Laura. Fans will get to another chance to see the Runners in action in their home opener Saturday when UTSA hosts Stephen F. Austin at the Alamodome at 2pm.
Harris scores 4 TDs, UTSA holds off Texas St. 51-48 in 2OT
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Hunter Duplessis kicked a 29-yard field goal in the second overtime, Frank Harris accounted for four touchdowns, and UTSA won its season opener, beating Texas State 51-48 in a wild finish on Saturday. Sincere McCormick ran for a program-record 197 yards on 29 carries and had a 5-yard touchdown run for UTSA. Harris was 23-of-31 passing for 169 yards and threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Cephus, who made a spectacular one-handed catch in the first overtime. Harris had scoring runs from 17, 19 and 13 yards and finished with 52 yards rushing. Vitt was 26-of-39 passing for 346 yards and threw four touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Repping 210: Breaking down UTSAs Triangle of Toughness
None of the players were allowed to wear single-digit jersey numbers during fall camp, not even returning starting quarterback Frank Harris, who wore no. Three of the ten possible jersey numbers were held in the highest regard and reserved for the highest vote-getters: 2, 1 and 0, representing San Antonios area code. Traylor knows how important his presence will be as the only senior member of the triangle, Hes everything that [the concept] epitomizes. He has not yet been officially named the starter for the upcoming season, but his selection as a member of the Triangle of Toughness speaks volumes. 0 with safety Rashad Wisdom this year, and its no surprise that Wisdom is considered a vital member of UTSAs foundation.
UTSA head football coach discusses challenges during COVID-19 pandemic
SAN ANTONIO In his first season at the helm, UTSA head football coach Jeff Traylor is dealing with numerous challenges due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including finalizing the teams schedule, since their first two games against LSU and Grambling State have been canceled outright. The Roadrunners will take the practice field this Friday for the start of Fall Camp. MORE UTSA FOOTBALL COVERAGEUTSA to miss out on $1.4 million paydayUTSA Football presents united front after emotional discussion about racial injusticeJeff Traylor ready to embrace culture, get UTSA football on right track
UTSA Football presents united front after emotional discussion about racial injustice
Im choosing my players, Im going to press send. I told my players thats the very thing we cant do anymore. I opened the forum up, and you can ask these guys, but Im going to guess it went 2.5 hours. Im going to try, as well as my teammates, to push stuff to be relevant and try to do stuff the right way. Like coach said, he has black players, and this could have been anyone of us.