UTSA faced their first ranked opponent at home and despite suffering a loss gave a good accounting of themselves against No. 13 Oklahoma State as they fell to a 56-35 loss at the Alamodome on Saturday morning.
Despite the loss UTSA did manage to set a school records first for total offense with 504 yards beating their 499 yards against rivals Texas State and also for passing yardage with 369 beating the 314 they managed at Louisiana Tech last year.
JW Walsh was clinical as he started for Oklahoma State as he managed to go 24-of-27 for four touchdowns in his first career start managing five touchdowns in six possessions in the first half.
The Cowboys opened the scoring with ten minutes to play in the half as Walsh found Jhajuam Seales to cap an eight play, 65 yard drive to open the scoring.
The Roadrunners hit back with 4:22 to play in the first as a 13 play 71 yard drive was capped by a Kenny Bias six yard run to level the scores.
That didn't last long as Oklahoma State responded with Walsh managing another pass, this time 19 yards for Brandon Sheperd as they restored their lead on the very next drive.
Oklahoma State managed one more score before the end of the quarter as Brandon Sheperd received a 19 yard pass to make it 14-7.
The trend continued after the end of the first quarter as Josh Stewart scored with 11:22 to play before two more touchdowns from short rushes made it 35-7 at the main break.
The second half saw the UTSA defense stand up well as there was only one score from OSU all third quarter with Blake Jackson being open for a 22 yard pass from Ward to make it 42-7.
As the fourth quarter got underway UTSA used two touchdown passes to stun the Cowboys and get back to three touchdowns as Eric Soza found Cole Hubble for ten yards and then Kenny Bias for 19 to make it 42-21 with just over ten minutes to play.
Those were the first points Oklahoma State had conceded in a second half this season and it bothered them enough to respond quickly with Clint Chelf finding Charlie Moore on a 33 yard pass to make it 49-21.
But Soza hit back with an impressive 67 yarder for Bias to keep UTSA within three touchdowns but with time running out.
The Cowboys brought up the half century on their next drive as Chelf managed a 21 yard pass for Desmond Roland to cap a 10 play 72 yard drive.
Tucker Carter was able to get UTSA to pass 30 as his 15 yard pass found Aaron Grubb for a final score of 56-35.
While no-one seriously expected UTSA to win this one they have certainly caused a stir putting 35 past such a highly ranked opponent and can draw plenty of confidence from this game.