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UTSA’s Frank Harris was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week for his performance against the Army. Harris and the Roadrunners will travel to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, September 17. Photo by Dexter Jenkins

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 — Thousands of Roadrunners will be road-trippers this weekend as UTSA Football makes the short trip north on Interstate 35 to take on the Texas Longhorns in Austin. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium. Saturday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two institutions in the UT system on the gridiron.

UTSA (1-1) is riding high after a hugely entertaining 41-38 overtime win at Army on Sept. 10. The Roadrunners erased a 28-14 third quarter deficit with three straight touchdowns before the quarterback. Frank Harris connected with wide receiver OfCorian “JT” Clark on a 7-yard touchdown pass to seal the UTSA victory in overtime. It was the first time Army had lost an opener since 2015. Meanwhile, Jeff Traylor improved to 3-0 in road openers as Roadrunners head coach.

Harris put on another masterful performance at Army’s Michie Stadium. The senior quarterback completed 32 of 45 passes for 359 yards – just eight yards off the school record – and three passing touchdowns. He also added 30 rushing yards against the Black Knights. For his tremendous efforts, Harris was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week Award. He also earned American Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row.

Harris was bolstered by wide receivers Zakhari Franklin and Joshua Cephus, who had 122 and 112 receiving yards, respectively. Franklin also participated in two touchdown receptions, including the 9-yard touchdown catch that sparked UTSA’s late game comeback.

The No. 20/21 Texas (1-1) played its own instant classic last Saturday, narrowly failing in its thwarted attempt against the then No. 1. 1 rated Alabama. Kicker Will Reichard threw a 33-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the game to lift the Crimson Tide to a 20-19 victory over the Longhorns. UTSA’s matchup with Texas on Saturday will be its third against a Top 25 team in the last four games (including the 2021 Frisco Bowl).

Saturday’s contest will be televised on Longhorn Network. Lowell Galindo provide play-by-play commentary alongside the analyst Sam Acho and journalist Alex Chappell. The radio show will air live on Ticket 760 AM in the San Antonio area and on channel 988 of the SiriusXM app. Andy Everett (game by game), Jay Riley (analyst) and pat evans (journalist) will call the action. The pre-game show will start at 5 p.m. and there will be a 45-minute post-game show. The radio show can also be listened to online at Ticket760.com and through the iHeartRadio and The Varsity Network apps.

Roadrunner fans traveling to Austin for Saturday’s game are invited to the UTSA Alumni Tailgate from 2-7 p.m. Attendees can park at 204 E. 17th St. The event will include an open bar sponsored by Bud Light, free food (such as breakfast tacos, sausage rolls, hot dogs, tacos pulled pork street food and ground beef sandwiches), cocktail tables, lounge chairs, HDTVs, tailgate games, misting fans, and restrooms.

Tickets for the UTSA Alumni Tailgate can be purchased from the UTSA Alumni Association and come with in and out privileges. Each ticket is $50, but shoppers can use promo code BIRDSUP for a $10 discount.

Longhorn City Limits offers another pre-game option. The Gameday Free Concert Series, located on the lawn of the LBJ Presidential Library (2313 Red River St.), will feature indie pop rock band Misterwives. The event starts at 3 p.m. Spectators can visit the Still Austin Music Lounge or Tito’s Tailgate to purchase drinks and the Stubb’s BBQ stand to purchase food.

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