By Ryan Nelson (@TheRyanNelson_)
Road Runners Go Bowling For the First Time Ever
It didn't take long for Frank Martin to churn out a bowl appearance in first year as head coach of the Road Runners. UTSA finished a combined 7-17 in the two seasons prior to Martin's arrival under previous head coach Larry Coker.
Now in their fifth season in the FBS, UTSA will test their postseason prowess against New Mexico in the 11th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
The Road Runners finished second in Conference USA's West division behind Louisiana Tech.
The Road Runners rank 98th in total offense, totaling 4,517 yards of offense on the season. While the Road Runners aren't known for lighting up the scoreboard, this team features some intriguing offensive weapons.
QB Dalton Sturm passed for over 2,000 yards this season and 18 touchdowns. Sturm also finished with 263 yards rushing, four rushing touchdowns, and his longest run of the season went for 51 yards (TD).
The Road Runners leading pass catchers are WRs Jarveon Williams and Jalen Rhodes. Williams had 775 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, while Rhodes finished with 756 yards, nine touchdowns, and a long of 80 yards (TD).
New Mexico Returns to Albuquerque
The Lobos will be back in the New Mexico bowl this Saturday for the second consecutive season under fifth-year head coach Bob Davie.
New Mexico features the best rushing attack in the country. The Lobos compiled 4,331 rushing yards and 45 rushing touchdowns, while averaging 360.9 rushing yards per game.
The Lobos have two running backs who cracked the 1,000+ yard mark this season.
RB Teriyon Gipson finished the season with 1,209 yards, 12 touchdowns, and averaged 9.2 yards per run. While RB Tyrone Owens scampered for 1,084 yards on the season, seven touchdowns, and averaged 8.1 yards per rush.
QB Lamar Jordan proved his mettle on the ground, amassing 658 yards rushing, three rushing touchdowns, one of which went for 53 yards.
Expect the Lobos to rely on a healthy dose of their rushing attack in this one.
Where to Watch
You can catch the action live on ESPN at 2 pm ET.