UTSA’s Season Closer

UTSA's Season Closer
File photo. Head coach Frank Wilson was fired by UTSA after the Roadrunners' season finale loss. (Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

UTSA’s 2019 season came to a close on Saturday. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs easily handled the Roadrunners, 41-27 in UTSA’s season closer. This was the Roadrunner’s eight loss of the season. UTSA finished fourth in the Conference USA West standings. This also means they would not make a bowl for the second straight season. But this loss meant more to others.

UTSA’s Season Closer

UTSA has been historically bad against Louisiana Tech. This final game proved to be no different. The Roadrunners were hoping to win this game to salvage some of their pride. Unfortunately, they were unable to end their season on a high note.

Game 12

UTSA took an early field goal lead in the beginning of the first quarter. However, this would be their only lead of the entire game. The Bulldogs went up by as many as 11 in the first half, but UTSA would cut this to a one-score game heading into half time. Unfortunately, this would be closest the game would get. Louisiana Tech would extend their lead to as many as 14 in the third quarter which essentially seal the game.

Jordan Weeks saw his first start of the season in this game. Weeks’ performance was ‘okay’ at best considering his lack of in-game experience. He completed 26 of his 44 passing attempts for a completion percentage of 59 percent. Weeks threw one touchdown in this game to Sincere McCormick. But he also threw two interceptions. He played well enough to keep the team from getting blown out and that’s about it.

Sincere McCormick was the star for the Roadrunners in this game. He carried the ball 17 times for 119 while averaging an impressive seven yards per carry. He also caught four passes for 12 yards. His only touchdown came by the way of a six-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Weeks.

UTSA’s Player of the Year

UTSA’s player of the year was unquestionably Sincere McCormick. Signing this young talent over the off-season was a steal for the struggling Roadrunners. He has been the team’s most reliable weapon and was a real problem for opposing defenses. The product from Judson high school in San Antonio led the team in rushing. He rushed 177 times for a total of 986 yards. He also caught 24 passes for 194 yards. Lastly, he had a total of nine touchdowns and 1,180 all-purpose yards in just his freshman season.

McCormick broke UTSA’s single-season all-purpose yards record in the first half of the Louisiana Tech game. It is clear that the future is bright for McCormick. However, there are some concerns. UTSA fans are fearful that McCormick may be too talented for the small Conference USA school. Other schools surely took notice of the young freshman’s talents this season. There will be lots of speculation as to whether he will enter the transfer portal in hopes to get more exposure. However, for the time being, he is a Roadrunner. Perhaps the best Roadrunner on the team at that.

Frank Wilson Out As Head Coach

It was learned Sunday night that head coach Frank Wilson would be fired as the head coach of the UTSA Roadrunners. Wilson led the Roadrunners to their first-ever bowl appearance in 2016. Unfortunately, they lost to New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl. The bowl appearance would be the high point in his tenure at UTSA.

Wilson led the Roadrunners to a six-win and seven-loss season in his first year as head coach in 2016. Frank Wilson won six of his eleven games in 2017, however, the Roadrunners did not make a bowl game. 2018 marked the falling off point for Wilson. The Roadrunners lost nine of their 12 games in 2018 and barely improved in 2019. The Roadrunners finished with four-wins and eight-losses this season. Wilson had an overall record of 19 wins and 29 losses in his time at UTSA. This gave Wilson an average win percentage of just about 40 percent. This firing came as no surprise as Wilson has severely declined in his last two seasons.

The Future

The vacant head coach position is up for grabs. UTSA’s athletic director, Lisa Campos, commended Wilson for helping build the young football team, however it was time to part ways. UTSA is in search of a new head coach. However, Lisa Campos noted that former Baylor head coach Art Briles, will by no means be a candidate for this open position. UTSA will likely look for a succeeding positions coach or even a coordinator to hire. As for Frank Wilson, a return to LSU is not out of the question. He experienced great success there and has a good history with Ed Orgeron. Wilson’s success as a recruiter and running back’s coach is needed at any school. With this being said, Wilson should have no problem finding a new job, however, it will most likely be as an assistant or recruiter.

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. With 38,000 students, UTSA is the eighth largest university in the State of Texas. It also has the third highest enrollment of 14 Conference USA schools.
    So why does the author of this article call UTSA a “small Conference USA school”? Having seen this reference before by this author previously, I am having doubts about the breadth of his knowledge.

  2. With 38,000 students, UTSA is the eighth largest university in the State of Texas. It also has the third highest enrollment of 14 Conference USA schools.
    So why does the author of this article call UTSA a “small Conference USA school”? Having seen this reference before by this author, I have some doubt about the dept of the author’s knowledge.

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