TBT: UTSA Football is Born

TBT flashes all the way back to 2011 and the inaugural football game for UTSA. The opponent was Northeastern State University. The Alamodome was packed. The atmosphere was electric. All we have left are the BULLETS:

  • Larry Coker, the one and only coach in UTSA history, applied for the job back in February of 2009. He was hired shortly thereafter. 
  • Coker didn't have much to work with at the start. He had one helmet and a jersey he'd purchased at a local Wal-Mart to show alumni and other gatherings. 
  • Northeastern State is actually Coker's alma mater. He played defensive back for the then "Redmen" from 1966 to 1969. 
  • Northeastern State changed its name to the Riverhawks in 2006. Oddly, the Riverhawk mascot is named Rowdy. So it UTSA's. Ah, symmetry. 
  • Over 56,000 filled the Alamodome on September 3, 2011. The highest attendance for an FCS startup. 
  • UTSA won 31-3 and would go on to 4-6 record as an FCS Independent. The Roadrunners would beat Northeastern State, Bacone, Georgia State, and Minot State in 2011. 
  • Northeastern State finished the 2011 campaign at 7-5.
  • The Roadrunners quarterback was the great Eric Soza. Soza started his career at Texas State but transferred to help start the UTSA program. 
  • Soza started 32 games at UTSA winning 19. 
  • In 2012 the Roadrunners would move to the FBS level, playing in the WAC. In 2013, the Runners moved on to Conference USA, where they still play today. 
  • Soza would open the 2011 season with 237 yards passing and 102 yards rushing against the Riverhawks. He's currently a graduate assistant at Houston. 
  • The 2011 UTSA roster had exactly 2 seniors, safety Mark Waters and offensive lineman Mike Sanchez. Waters transferred from New Mexico State while Sanchez came by way of Houston. 


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