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Harris, Franklin power UTSA to second straight Conference USA title, defeat North Texas 48-27

SAN ANTONIO – For the second straight season, UTSA celebrated a Conference USA Championship within the Alamodome in entrance of 41-thousand followers.

Nearly a year to the day that they secured their first title, the No. 23 Roadrunners defeated North Texas 48-27 to change into the primary C-USA staff to win back-to-back championships. Quarterback Frank Harris was the star of the present, finishing 32 of his 37 passes for 341 yards and 5 whole touchdowns, whereas large receiver Zakhari Franklin was almost unstoppable, catching 10 passes for 144 yards and three scores. Harris was named the sport’s Most Valuable Player. With the win, UTSA has gained their tenth straight recreation and finishes with an ideal 9-0 report in opposition to convention opponents.

“I told them all week that their best football was coming,” head coach Jeff Traylor stated. “I felt it. They’re unbelievable kids. We’re out of kids, but the ones that are left standing played their best game of the entire season tonight. We were unbelievable throwing the ball, running the ball, tackling the ball, defending the pass, kicking, punting… almost a perfect game. This season will be special to me for many many reasons, but the adversity they overcame and their belief in the triangle… I’ll never forget it, and I’m grateful.”

“This means a lot for the city of San Antonio,” Harris stated. “When I committed here, this was something I wanted to do for the city and the university, and we got it done last season. Getting it done again this season definitely means a lot. What can I say? We’re back-to-back champs.”

UTSA head soccer coach Jeff Traylor and MVP quarterback Frank Harris meet with the media following the Roadrunners’ thrilling 48-27 victory over North Texas within the Conference USA Championship Game within the Alamodome on Friday evening.

GAME RECAP

UTSA drew first blood on their opening drive, capping a seven-play, 75-yard drive with Kevorian Barnes’ 27-yard landing run for a 7-0 lead. North Texas responded with a two-yard rating from Ikaika Ragsdale, and each groups ended the primary quarter with the sport tied at 7-7.

The Mean Green had possession up 10-7 halfway by means of the second quarter when UTSA cornerback Clifford Chattman intercepted quarterback Austin Aune and returned the ball 27 yards to the North Texas 15-yard line. Two performs later, Frank Harris discovered the top zone on an 11-yard quarterback keeper, and momentum was on the Roadrunners sideline. While UTSA’s protection drive two punts for the rest of the quarter, the Roadrunners offense added one other 10 factors on Jared Sackett’s 42-yard area objective and Harris’ 32-yard landing cross to Zakhari Franklin to give the house staff a 24-10 lead at halftime.

Both groups traded factors the third quarter. Harris discovered Franklin once more for a 14-yard rating and a 31-13 lead, however Aune answered proper again on the following drive with a 36-yard TD to Jyaire Shorter, and the 2 squads entered the ultimate body with UTSA main 34-20. The Mean Green made it a one-possession recreation early within the fourth quarter on Isaiah Johnson’s one-yard landing run, however the Roadrunners responded lower than three minutes later. Harris hit Franklin for his third landing of the sport, a 39-yarder that put the Roadrunners up 41-27 with 11:09 left in regulation.

Ken Robinson intercepted Aune on the primary play of North Texas’ ensuing drive, and after their offense was unable to capitalize on the sector position, UTSA’s protection pressured a turnover-on-downs to successfully finish the Mean Green’s hopes. Harris later discovered homegrown tight finish Oscar Cardenas for a 16-yard landing and the exclamation level to a convincing victory.

UTSA introduced an attendance of 41,412 followers, the third-largest crowd for a Roadrunners house recreation in historical past. The mark was barely greater than final year’s Conference USA title recreation attendance of 41,148.

The No. 23 Roadrunners enhance to 11-2 general and now await bowl choice.

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