Nick Tronti passed for one touchdown and ran for another as the host Florida Atlantic Owls defeated the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners 24-3 on Saturday afternoon at Boca Raton, Fla.
FAU’s defense came up with seven sacks, forced eight punts and turned UTSA over on downs once. UTSA managed just 230 total yards.
Tronti completed 11-of-19 passes for 136 yards as FAU (2-1, 2-1 Conference USA) won for the first time since Oct. 3 in a season that has been interrupted a couple of times by Covid-19.
FAU running back Malcolm Davidson rushed for 115 yards on 14 carries (8.2 average).
UTSA (4-4, 2-2) was led by quarterback Frank Harris, who completed 12-of-26 passes for 109 yards. He also ran for 66 yards on 14 carries (4.7 average) as UTSA fell to 4-2 when Harris starts this year.
Roadrunners star Sincere McCormick, the reigning Conference USA’s Player of the Week, was held to 54 rushing yards on 16 carries (3.4 average). He entered the game leading nation with 867 rushing yards.
FAU scored on the game’s first possession, getting Vladimir Rivas’ 24-yard field goal. That capped a 10-play, 58-yard drive.
The Owls capped the first-quarter scoring on Tronti’s 27-yard TD pass to Aaron Young, capping another 10-play drive. Young ran a slant pattern, catching the ball in between two defenders to end an 80-yard march.
UTSA had a would-be score taken off the board as Harris’ 18-yard TD pass to Brenden Brady was wiped out by a holding call on Spencer Burford with 3:10 left in the first.
The Roadrunners finally got on the board on Hunter Duplessis’ 49-yard field goal with 8:55 left in the half. That capped a crazy 15-play, 43-yard drive that included three third-down conversions.
FAU closed the first half with a 17-3 lead, getting Tronti’s two-yard TD run on run/pass option. Tronti’s 36-yard pass to a high-reaching T.J. Chase set up the score.
The Owls then put the game away on James Charles’ 2-yard touchdown run with 2:35 left in the fourth.
–Field Level Media