I can almost hear UTSA Head Coach Jeff Traylor in my ear right now, “Control what you can control." And he wouldn't be wrong!
But only four votes for UTSA to crack the AP's top 25 poll?? Baby steps. After their huge comeback with over Memphis Saturday, that's four more votes than they got last week.
Sincere McCormick scored his third touchdown on fourth-and-one to tie it, then set up Texas-San Antonio for the game-winning field goal with a 22-yard run and UTSA beat Memphis 31-28 on Saturday.
I’m pretty sure the Roadrunners are happy to be 4-0 after being down 21-0 to Memphis. It escalated quickly, just minutes into the game the Tigers were on the board after a UTSA miscue in the endzone. And that snowballed into a 21-nothing Memphis first quarter lead.
So what was Sincere McCormick thinking when the team fell into a 21-nothing hole?
“That's why you play the game of football. There's four quarters. You've got to play until the clock hits zero. So we were kind of getting into it a little bit, just thinking like, ‘Okay, let's just focus on the task at hand. Let's get down, let's get down to the nitty gritty and continue to do what we got to do,’” explained McCormick. “The offense came together. Defense came together. And we just picked it up and we had to win the game.”
UTSA stuck right in there, like we've seen time and time before. Frank Harris' touchdown pass to Zakhari Franklin cut the lead to seven early in the fourth and McCormick capped a short drive to score the tying touchdown. McCormick rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries, and helped set up Hunter Duplessis' game winning field goal.
So what does UTSA kicker Hunter Duplessis do to calm himself with just two seconds left and a 42-yard field goal attempt right in front of him?
“Yeah, just getting my reps in on the sideline and making sure that I'm taking that deep breath and being grounded in what it is I need to do and not changing anything because we repped it all throughout the week with the team and to go out there and just do what we know how to do for the team - for UTSA,” explained Duplessis.
They were still soaking in the win hours later when they got back to San Antonio.
“Kick with 2 on the clock, we did the ol' 2-1-0, you know? Kicked it with 2 then 1 then 0! 210 traveled today baby - the triangle travels!” said Traylor.
So should UTSA be ranked in the top 25?
“Of course!” said McCormick. “What do you think? Of course! We just made history tonight. The fans are going crazy. We put a lot of work in, and having such a great coach is helping us out, instilling this culture into us, and I believe we should be top 25.”
The Roadrunners will host UNLV (0-4) this Saturday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. at the Alamodome. For tickets, call or text 210-458-UTSA (8872) or click here https://am.ticketmaster.com/utxsanant/ism/MjFGQkZT#/