UTSA secured a winning football season Saturday, hanging on for a stirring 34-27 victory over Idaho in a Western Athletic Conference game at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.
The Roadrunners improved to 7-4 overall and 2-3 in the WAC, while Idaho dropped 1-10 and 1-4 with its fifth consecutive loss.
UTSA finished 4-6 in its first season last year.
The Roadrunners end the season against Texas State at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Alamodome.
UTSA led 20-3 at halftime, but Trey Farquhar capped a 17-0 Idaho run with a 22-yard field goal that tied the game with 12:27 left.
The Roadrunners responded with two touchdown runs by quarterback Eric Soza in a span of 2 minutes, 36 seconds to regain the momentum.
UTSA went ahead for good on the possession following Farquhar's field goal, grinding out a five-play, 74-yard drive that ended with Soza's 1-yard run at 9:41 of the fourth period. Soza completed passes of 50 yards to wide receiver Brad Freeman and 21 yards to running back Evans Okotcha in the drive.
Soza ran for a 9-yard TD on the Roadrunners' next possession to increase the lead to 34-20 with 7:05 left. Soza's TD ended a four-play, 21-yard drive that began after safety Nick Johnston blocked a punt with 8:46 remaining.
The Vandals kept punching on the ensuing possession, with Taylor Davis throwing a 34-yard TD pass to Mike Scott that cut the deficit to 34-27 with 5:04 left.
Soza rolled up 321 yards of total offense and ran for 3 TDs
Soza completed 23 of 36 passes for 232 yards, with no interceptions, and rushed 11 times for 89 yards and tied a school record with three rushing TDs.
UTSA finished with 424 yards of total offense, gaining 192 rushing and 232 passing. Idaho had 469 total yards, 127 on the ground and 342 passing.
Davis threw TD passes of 10 yards to Scott and 12 yards to Najee Lovett in the third quarter to cut UTSA's lead to 20-17 Lovett's scoring reception with 2:50 left in the period came six plays after Roadrunners running back David Glasco was stopped on a fourth-and-one play at the Vandals' 35.
Davis completed 18 of 29 attempts for 223 yards and three TDs and was intercepted once.
UTSA jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead on a 9-yard run by Soza and 28-yard field goal by Sean Ianno, who had missed the Roadrunners' last six games with a muscle injury in his right hip. Soza's TD capped a 7-play, 75-yard drive on the first possession of the game.
Ianno, who kicked a 51-yard field goal to lift UTSA to a 33-31 win over South Alabama in the season opener, hadn't played since the Roadrunners' 56-3 rout of Northwestern Oklahoma State on Sept. 22. He kicked four extra points and also booted a 24-yard field goal against Idaho.
Farquhar's 51-yard field goal with 1:17 left in the first quarter trimmed UTSA's lead to 10-3.
Macon, Wade made key defensive plays
The Roadrunners capitalized on two turnovers to score 10 points in the second period and take a 20-3 lead at the half.
Tackle Ferrington Macon recovered a fumble at the UTSA 37 to set up a 3-yard TD run by Glasco that gave the Roadrunners a 17-3 lead.
Ianno made it 20-3 with a 24-yard field goal that came eight plays after safety Triston Wade returned an interception 18 yards to the UTSA 35.
Wade, who has four interceptions this season, and linebacker Brandon Reeves led the Roadrunners' defense with seven tackles each.
UTSA outgained Idaho 276-152 in total offensive yardage in the first half, getting 152 yards rushing and 124 passing.
Soza completed 12 of 23 passes for 124 yards in the first two quarters.
The Roadrunners went 4-2 on the road this season after going 0-4 in games away from San Antonio last year.
UTSA played its first season as an independent in the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA, and is making the transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly I-A, this season.
The Roadrunners will move to Conference USA next season.