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It was an expectation for the UTSA Roadrunners to have no problem putting away the Incarnate Word Cardinals, but after having 2018 stained in the minds of UTSA fans, there was still skepticism of how the Roadrunners would fare against their FCS opponent on Saturday night.

There wasn’t much that head coach Frank Wilson could do last season to stop the bleeding, and the same went for Harris, as he stood on the sideline and watched his team sink lower and lower each week, as a torn ACL in spring practice last season stopped him from ever suiting up in 2018. This past Saturday night was a different story as Harris was the story of the dominant victory with UTSA going over UIW, 35-7.

In the first half alone Harris got off to a fiery start as he completed his first 13 passes. He finished with 28 of 36 passes to 11 different receivers, and his stats would’ve looked even better if it wasn’t for a few drops from some of his teammates. The final stat line for Harris’s passing was 28-of-36 for 206 yards and three touchdowns.

Not only was Harris very efficient at throwing the ball, on the ground he was unstoppable. In the first half alone, Harris tallied up 105 rushing yards, in which no other UTSA player was able to do in 2018. The second highest rusher of the night for UTSA was Sincere McCormick.

There’s been a lot of buzz lately around the UTSA camp for McCormick and he’s shown a lot of promise after his 12 carries for 82 yards performance. There’s still plenty of growth for McCormick in this offense, but he did have a 100-yard game when you include his 5 catches for 18 yards.

On the receiving end, there isn’t much to talk about. 11 different receivers got in on the mix, but nobody had huge outings in week 1. Still, UTSA showed that it was more of a team victory, rather than focusing on a few players on offense outside of Harris.

Defensively, UTSA was relentless. UIW was shut out so many times on their drives, and after scoring in the 2nd quarter, the Roadrunners did not allow the Cardinals to see the red zone for the rest of the night. Dadrian Taylor lead the way for his squad with four tackles.

Time of possession was another big story in this game. Not only did UTSA put on a clinic against UIW, they held the ball for 40:02 compared to 19:58 for UIW.  With the Roadrunners hitting the road next week to face Baylor, they’re going to need to duplicate a similar performance like they did in their home opener, minus the penalties.

Here’s a clip of coach Wilson answering a question about his defense from the press room.

And another clip from the press room, but this time coach Wilson was asked about if it was “worth the wait” by waiting on quarterback Frank Harris.

Follow me on Twitter @itslandoyo for all of your UTSA college football fix this fall and to talk all things Roadrunners as they get ready to take on Baylor next week.

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