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Roadrunners and Texas State bring back I-35 rivalry

UTSA and Texas State line up
UTSA and Texas State line up
courtesy UTSA Athletics

The I-35 rivalry has returned as UTSA and Texas State announced on Friday that they have agreed to an eight game home and home football series.

The announcement keeps the rivalry alive after fears that the rivalry would disappear after the two schools moved in to different conferences in 2014.

UTSA and Texas State have only played each other once in football but it’s a rivalry that is well and truly alive in the other sports, with many years of fiesty games in basketball.

The first game of the series will see UTSA on the road, playing at Bobcat Stadium in 2017 before the return game at the Alamodome on September 22nd 2018.

The 2017 and 2018 games will replace scheduled games against Colorado State, who they will now only play in 2015 and 2016 in a home and home series.

The two won’t play each other in 2019 due to already scheduled commitments for the two schools which will see the series take a year off.

In 2020 the match-up will go to San Marcos in early September before the teams will return to the Alamodome in on September 11th 2021.

The final four matches will be in consecutive years, with the last two Bobcat Stadium games being held on September 10th 2022 and September 7th 2024.

UTSA will host their final two games of the series in 2023 and 2025 with the 2023 game on September 9th and the 2025 edition on September 6th.

The Roadrunners have had just one football game in the past but it was a stunning encounter that saw the Roadrunners manage a stunning upset as they managed a 38-31 win, with a late touchdown proving enough.

That game happened as part of Western Athletic Conference regular season play as both sides were members of the WAC, the last time both schools were in the same conference.