It was electric atmosphere with fans of both teams packing the Alamodome. It was the biggest game of the season, perhaps the biggest game in program history.
Soon after the initial kickoff, the energy and hype surrounding the game quickly dissipated to football execution, with both offenses struggling on their opening drives.
Then came one of the biggest plays in UTSA
football history. With the Roadrunners leading 3-0 midway through the first quarter, Kenny Harrison fielded a punt at his own 21 yard line. 79 yards later, the punt return for a touchdown catapulted the ‘Runners to a 10-0 and invigorated the crowd of 39,032 into a furry.
Texas State would answer, with a score of their own. This was the case on multiple possessions throughout the course of the game. But on this day, the Roadrunner offense was simply too prolific. UTSA outgained Texas State in total offense 499 yards to 392 yards.
The UTSA offensive line, who were heavily questioned headed into the season, helped set a school record for 299 rushing yards.
While several late UTSA turnovers made the score closer than it should have been, the day belonged to the Roadrunners and their faithful. Several thousand fans rushed the field following the game and celebrated 38-31 victory with players and coaches.
The win capped off an 8-4 season in 2012.
Post Game Quotes (Courtesy of UTSA Athletics)
"It's an exciting win for our program," head coach Larry Coker said." I told our players that sometimes you play your whole career and don't get to play in an electric atmosphere like the one today. There were a lot of positives today and that always happens when you win. Our offense, defense and special teams all played like a unit and were physical. They really stepped up. I am proud of what we did and I would say the difference in the game was our ability to run the football."
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Game Highlights (Courtesy of the Roadrunner Sports Network)
IRS's Top 5 Memorable Moments in the WAC
- #1 Football: UTSA beats TX ST
- #2 Baseball Team Wins WAC Tournament Title
- #3 Football: La Tech Loss
- #4 Basketball Team Makes Run in WAC Tournament
- #5 Football First WAC win at NMSU
Sunday is the last day UTSA is a member of the Western Athletic Conference. But before the Roadrunners officially become a member of Conference USA on July 1, we look back at the 2012-2013 athletic season and relive some of the more memorable moments as a member of the WAC. Today, memory number 1: the football team beating long time foe Texas State.