Texas-San Antonio had a chance to take a major step in their young football program Thursday night
at the Alamodome but the Arizona Wildcats proved to be up for the challenge.
Arizona running back Nick Wilson's 174 yards rushing and Casey Skowron's four field goals was the difference for the Wildcats defeating the Roadrunners 26-23.
It was a missed opportunity for UTSA to make a splash nationally and as far as a moral victory for the Roadrunners, don't go there.
"We definitely feel like we let one get away." UTSA quarterback Tucker Carter said. "We're not going into any of these games trying to keep it close or anything like that. We expected to win that game tonight and couple plays away. But, yeah, everyone's disappointed. That is the way it is when you leave your heart out there and you wind up short."
"We knew it was going to be a battle." UTSA tight end Davd Morgan II said. "Arizona is a hard team, and we played a tough game and fell a little short in the end."
"There wasn't one player in there happy with playing this team close, and I think that's the
thing that's kind of what we're all about." UTSA head coach Larry Coker said.
Arizona outgained UTSA in total offense 454 yards to 349 and Wilson, a freshman starting for the first time was outstanding running the ball for the Wildcats. It was Wilson's two yard touchdown run before halftime that swayed things Arizona's way.
It was one of the few red zone trips by Arizona that ended in the end zone.
"We settled for way too many field goals and didn't execute down in the red zone," Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "There are so many things we need to clean up and get better at. But I didn't see anyone lose their poise. We took their best shot."