One of the strengths of the upstart UTSA football team the past two seasons has been its resilience and commitment to keep moving forward.
The Roadrunners even have a four-letter acronym, FIDO, that serves as a reminder to stay mentally tough when they face adversity. FIDO is shorthand for Forget It, Drive On.
Coach is always saying forget it and drive on, sophomore linebacker Drew Douglas said. On Sundays, we're always ready to come back to work and start getting ready for the next week.
The Roadrunners did just that Sunday, less than 24 hours after a 38-13 loss to Arizona in Tucson on Saturday night.
Junior Sean Ianno kicked a 34-yard field on UTSA's opening possession to give the Roadrunners a 3-0 lead, but Arizona took control of the game by scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions.
The Wildcats led 38-6 Ianno kicked a 43-yard field goal with 8:35 left in the first half before junior running back David Glasco II scored on a 4-yard run with 9:39 remaining.
UTSA has lost two in a row after opening the season with a 21-13 victory at New Mexico. The Roadrunners lost to nationally ranked Oklahoma State 56-35 in their home opener Sept. 7.
UTSA dropped four consecutive games midway through their second season last year before ending the campaign with a three-game winning streak.
The Roadrunners play Texas-El Paso (1-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game will be UTSA s first in Conference USA after moving from the Western Athletic Conference.
Carey ran for 128 yards, 2 TDs against Roadrunners
UTEP lost at home to New Mexico 42-35 in overtime in its season opener, and beat New Mexico State 42-21 Saturday night in Las Cruces.
UTSA's top priority going into the game against Arizona was to slow down the Wildcats' potent running game, which is keyed by junior All-America running back Ka'Deem Carey. Arizona finished with 264 yards rushing on 48 attempts for a 5.5 average, and outgained the Roadrunners 422-379 in total offensive yardage.
Carey found the going against UTSA a little tougher than some may have expected, gaining 128 yards on 27 carries and scoring two touchdowns on runs of 4 and 7 yards. Carey, who has at least 100 yards rushing and one rushing TD in 10 of his 11 games, averaged 4.7 yards a carry against the Roadrunners.
The leading rusher in the Football Bowl Subdivision last year, Carey ran for 171 yards against Nevada-Las Vegas last week. He finished last season with 1,929 rushing yards and averaged 148.4 yards per game.
Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker hurt UTSA on the ground and through the air, running for 90 yards and two TDs on only 10 carries, and completing 14 of 21 passes for 158 yards and one TD.
UTSA senior quarterback Eric Soza completed 30 of 46 passes for 277 yards, but did not throw a TD pass. He was intercepted once.
Glasco tied his career-high with 70 yards just 10 carries, and his 42-yard run in the second quarter set up Ianno's second field.
Junior safety Triston Wade led the UTSA defense with a career-high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops. Wade is No. 1 on the team's tackle chart this season with 25. Junior safety Brian King had a career-high 10 tackles, five solo, in Saturday night's game.