UTSA may have made a late come back but it wasn't enough as they fell for another loss losing to Rice 27-21 at the Alamodome on Saturday afternoon.
It was a tight first quarter with many mistakes keeping the game low scoring as both teams were unable to really hold on to possession.
Rice had the first possession and a big sack by Codie Brooks forced the Owls to go for a field goal and with the UTSA defense putting them under pressure Chris Boswell sent his 54 yard field goal attempt wide.
Rice got on the board in the next drive as the Roadrunners defense stood up firm forcing a field goal attempt at 49 that Boswell was able to convert to put his side in front.
UTSA struggled to get any offense going in the first, by contrast their defense stood firm, forcing Rice to -5 yards on their only other possession of the quarter.
When the UTSA offense did finally get going they were also held up but it was another blocked kick that stopped them leveling the scores as Sean Ianno's attempt was blocked with 14 seconds left in the quarter.
The second quarter started in the same way with the UTSA defense holding up Rice who were forced to kick and this time it was successful as Boswell made his kick from 28 yards.
On their next possession UTSA took a one point lead as two straight first downs put UTSA on the edge of the line before David Glasco II rushed the remaining yard to give the Roadrunners their only lead of the game.
The UTSA defense did a good job on Rice's drive but it was all undone on the punt as a fumble was recovered allowing Rice possession just 16 yards from the line, a chance they promptly took to restore their lead.
UTSA slowly built up on their next drive taking almost the remainder of the half and while they picked up 50 yards they couldn't score as Ianno's 46 yard attempt went wide.
With just over 90 seconds to go Rice still managed to work their way down the field as a 37 yard pass proved successful giving Rice a 20-7 lead at the break.
The third quarter saw UTSA struggle offensively again while Rice picked up and made it 27 on their first drive with a six yard carry proving enough for the touchdown to put UTSA 20 back.
From there Rice's offense struggled, not scoring the rest of the way but UTSA ate up a big chunk of the remaining time for no reqard as a short pass at 4th and eight couldn't find Kenny Bias leaving UTSA scoreless in the third.
The fourth quarter saw the UTSA offense really come up as they began with a 78 yard drive thanks to many incremental gains ending with a touchdown on Eric Soza's one yard Carry to cut the gap to 14.
The next two possessions from each team came up short, with UTSA's defense doing well to keep rice out from close range before the Roadrunners made a big drive of 76 yards, full of running, ending with another sneak over the line from Soza.
Unfortunately for the Roadrunners that drive ate up more than three minutes, that forced an onside kick which was recovered by Rice allowing them to just play out the clock.