WAC Memory: #3 La Tech Road Game

WAC Memory: #3 La Tech Road Game

On July 1, UTSA will leave the Western Athletic Conference and become an official member of Conference USA. Before that, we look back at the 2012-2013 athletic season and remember some of the more memorable moments as a member of the WAC. Today, moment number 3: the football team's road loss to Louisiana Tech.

At first glance, one would think that a late season loss to top conference opponent would not qualify as a top memory. Even if one were to take a look at the stats of the 51-27 loss, you wouldn't think much of it.

But the circumstances of that late afternoon game in early November signaled UTSA football's resolve and fight, even in a loss.

Louisiana Tech entered the game as the No. 22 ranked team in the nation and were red hot. Meanwhile, UTSA was headed in the opposite direction, having struggled in their last three games vs Rice, San Jose St, and Utah St.

Quarterback Eric Soza was nursing a fractured hip that he had suffered three weeks earlier. Expectations were not high.

It was a classic back and forth game, La Tech scored fairly easily on its opening drive. But UTSA would answer back behind a 33 yard touchdown pass from Soza to tight end Cole Hubble.

A long kickoff return on the ensuing possession set up the Bulldogs for another easy score and it seemed like UTSA would be in for a long day. But once again, UTSA would answer as Soza would find Hubble again, this time for 57 yard touchdown.

The back and forth nature of the game continued through the first half but La Tech used a 13-play drive just before halftime to take a 27-14 lead into the locker room.

But the pattern continued as UTSA fought back once again at cut the lead to 27-21 early in the 3rd quarter.

Louisiana Tech would eventually extend the lead to 37-27 midway through the fourth quarter as the Roadrunners seem to run out of gas. It was a valiant effort by UTSA. The final score would not indicate the closeness of the game as the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns late in the game, including one on a fake field goal.

Regardless of the outcome that day in Ruston, UTSA gave a legitimate-nationally ranked team everything they had in a very hostile road environment.

The game also signaled the return of Eric Soza, who missed the previous 2.5 games. In this game, Soza set school records with 314 passing yards and four touchdowns.

The loss would be UTSA's fourth and final in the 2012 season as the performance would catapult the ‘Runners to win their final three games of the season.

Post Game Quotes (Courtesy of UTSA)

"Coming into the game, I told our guys ‘you're a Division-I football team' and I think tonight we were a Division I football team. I saw some glimpses of how good we can be," said head coach Larry Coker.

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Game Highlights (Courtesy of UTSA)

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