Frisco Bowl canceled; UTSA moves to First Responder Bowl
UTSA will play in the First Responder Bowl following the cancellation of the Frisco Bowl on Tuesday.
The Roadrunners were scheduled to meet SMU in the Frisco Bowl to kick off 2020 bowl season Saturday in Frisco, Texas. SMU was forced to pull out of the game because of COVID-19 issues within its program. As a result, the Frisco Bowl will not take place.
UTSA doesn’t know its opponent in the First Responder Bowl, which is set for Dec. 26 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the SMU Campus near Dallas. ABC will televise the game.
This will be the first bowl appearance for the Roadrunners (7-4, 5-2 Conference USA) — second in program history — since their loss in the New Mexico Bowl in 2016.
“What an awesome opportunity this will be for our program to play on network TV in the First Responder Bowl,” first-year coach Jeff Traylor said. “I said this two days ago and I will say it again: I’m just so thrilled for our players, coaches and staff to be playing in a bowl game … on a national stage.”
In a school statement, SMU (7-3, 4-3 American Athletic Conference) said the Mustangs had “a number of positive cases of COVID-19 involving student-athletes and staff members.” Because of contact tracing, the team didn’t have enough players to practice this week and play in the game.
“Since the beginning of this pandemic, many student-athletes across the country have had the unfortunate experience of missing out on opportunities to compete in any number of athletic events, with many missing out on entire seasons,” said SMU athletic director Rick Hart said.”Our team deserved to play another game. I’m disappointed for our fans, and even more disappointed for our players, that we will be unable to play in a bowl game this season. I’m also sad that many of our seniors played their final collegiate games, not knowing at the time that that was their last time on the field. I want to applaud our team for their efforts this season and to acknowledge the personal sacrifices they all made to make this season possible.”
–Field Level Media