- El Paso, TX
A strong offense performance combined with a strong defensive performance catapulted UTSA
Saturday night in El Paso.
"The coaches did a good job of getting our guys ready to play," UTSA Head Coach Larry Coker said. "We had a good plan and we executed the plan."
The 32-13 victory marked the program's first ever win in Conference USA play.
"It was just a huge win for us," said Coker. "I congratulated the offense and defense. It's just an outstanding win for our football team. To come on the road in a tough environment and to win, it says a lot about our team."
The UTSA offense came out and played extremely well, giving the ‘Runners an early lead they would not surrender.
"We played awfully well the first half. The offense really played good," said Coker. "But they (UTEP) came back. They fought back and played hard in the second half and really caused us some problems.
Offensively, UTSA quarterback Eric Soza had one of his better performances of the season going 18 for 24, totaling 204 yards and one touchdown.
"He was very, very sharp," Coker said of Soza. "When he's sharp, we've got some guys who can make some plays for him."
Not to be out-shined, the Hard Hat Defense stepped it up as well.
"Our defense really played well, they allowed only two field goals the entire night," said Coker.
Coming into the game, UTEP's smash mouth type of offense was a concern for UTSA. But the ‘Runners answered the call by holding the Miners to just 99 rushing yards.
"We have a good defensive line. We keep those guys fresh," said Coker.
UTSA racked up 385 yards of total offense on the game and held UTEP to 218 yards. The win improves the Roadrunners' record to 1-0 in Conference USA play and 2-2 overall.
Up next for UTSA is a home match up with Houston in the Alamodome.
"It doesn't get any easier. There are no off weeks for us," said Coker.
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A complete team effort lifts the Roadrunners past the Miners.