UTSA have retained their perfect record in season openers as they defeated New Mexico 21-13 in a stunning upset victory at Albuquerque on Saturday.
Kam Jones was the lead receiver, bringing down five passes for 65 yards and gained 39 more on the ground while Triston Wade was the star for the defense thanks to seven tackles.
It was looking anything but heading that direction early on as UTSA saw themselves training 13-0 after just 18 minutes and looking like heading to a heavy loss to start their season.
A fumble from Evans Okotcha was forced by Javarie Johnson allowing SaQwan Edwards to rush 45 yards and score the touchdown for the first points of the game but the Lobos couldn't get the two-point conversion down and had to settle for a 6-0 lead.
That wasn't for long though as they made it 13-0 thanks to a 37 yard pass from Cole Gautsche for Marquis Bundy for the Lobos first touchdown pass of the season and saw the hosts seemingly in control.
But the Roadrunners fought back with Eric Soza throwing for 237 yards at 21-for-34 and two touchdowns while UTSA also went 157 on the ground.
The UTSA defense was also impressive restricting New Mexico to 2-of-13 on third downs and 277 yards of total offense, helping UTSA come back from what looked like it was going to become a blow-out.
UTSA started poorly, a turnover gave New Mexico their first points of the game before strength on the ground in rushing allowed the Lobos to shoot out to a 13-0 lead early on.
The Roadrunners were able to figure out the game plan of the Lobos and get some movement towards the end of the half going on a 4:44 drive to get themselves in touch.
That drive spanned ten plays and 75-yards and saw UTSA get in to the red zone after Soza managed a 15 yard pass to Kenny Bias to put UTSA at 13 to go. David Glasco II rushed five yards before Evans Okotcha's seven yard rush left just one yard which allowed Glasco to rush the final yard and make it 13-7 at the half.
With their first possession of the second half UTSA took the lead after starting from a seemingly difficult position as the Roadrunners were third and 13 on their own 32 yard line.
Soza kept their chances alive with a 24 yard rush to get a first down which then allowed him to set up a 38 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Armstrong who was left wide open on the left to level the scores before Sean Ianno nailed the extra point to give UTSA a one point lead.
Both defenses really canceled the opposition out for much of the second half as the Roadrunners stood firm while the Lobos stopped UTSA adding to their lead.
With three minutes to play UTSA sealed their win with a length of the field drive that put the result to bed.
The drive went 99 yards on eight plays with Soza getting UTSA off their one yard line thanks to a 15 yard pass to Marcellus Mack who followed up with a 17 yard run before Soza hit a pass to Jones for 35 yards putting UTSA within ten and got the score thanks to an eight yard pass to Glasco for a 23-13 win.