EL PASO, Texas (NWN) — Frank Harris passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns and scored two more to lead No. 16 UTSA to a 44-23 win against UTEP at the Sun Bowl on Saturday night Arrive.
The Roadrunners (9-0, 4-0 C-USA) pushed their school-record winning streak to nine games and are one of four undefeated FBS teams.
“It’s getting real,” said UTSA coach Jeff Traylor. “We can deny that and say we don’t listen (talk about being undefeated), but we do.
“But our kids don’t feel the pressure.”
UTSA has won five in a row against UTEP (6–3, 3–2).
UTSA wasted no time in taking control, as running back Honest McCormick darted through a large hole to the left for a 75-yard touchdown in the second game after the opening kickoff.
“We’ve worked on this all week, and they gave us the exact look we were looking for,” Traylor said.
McCormick finished with 169 yards on 21 carries.
Harris and McCormick helped push all the right buttons for the Roadrunner, who scored the ball all six times in the first half. He has scored 40 or more points in four consecutive games.
“It’s about as aggressive as we’ve ever been,” Treyler said. “It’s just November one to remember. We’re stacking one great day on top of another. We have really good players, they’re talented, and they’re a bang to coach.”
The Minors, who were 6-0 at home in the 2019 season, lost for the second straight week. He was led by quarterback Gavin Hardison, who was 30 off 13 for 247 yards and three scores.
“I tip my hat to UTSA,” said coach Dana Dimmel. “He had flawless execution. He played a really good game.”
UTSA: Roadrunners go down the aisle for the offense. One of the matchups to watch was the UTSA offensive line against a solid UTEP defense, which was No. 8 in the country overall and No. 11 against runs. But that showdown never materialized, as Roadrunners 21 at halftime led by and McCormick, who averaged 111 yards per game, were already 138 at the break.
UTEP: Now with two C-USA defeats, UTEP saw their West Division title hopes fade. UTEP is two games behind UTSA and one game behind UAB with three games left. The Miners were plagued by some of the same mistakes that always plagued them in big games – an offside penalty that kept the UTSA drive alive and led to a field goal, a 24-yard punt, a missed extra point and a missed. field goal. UTEP, however, is eligible to bowl for the first time since 2014.
The Roadrunners could go up a few more spots this week, as the four teams ahead of UTSA lost to UTSA in the NWN Top 25 poll — including previously unbeaten Michigan State and Wake Forest.
UTSA: The Roadrunners hosts Southern Miss on November 13th. Southern Miss (1-8, 0-5) lost to North Texas on Saturday.
UTEP: Miners will attempt to boost their bowl resumes next Saturday in North Texas (3-6, 2-3 C-USA).
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