Bouncing back from a plague of injuries, two weeks on the road and a loss to the Texas Longhorns last week, the UTSA Roadrunners needed a win. Playing their last non-conference game of the season, the Roadrunners had several loss of yards penalties early in the game, but they exhibited their Triangle of Toughness in a 52-24 blowout over the FCS-member Texas Southern Tigers in this first ever matchup. Saturday’s “Orange Out” game consisted of some major history making plays.
UTSA took an early lead with a 19-yard run touchdown by quarterback Frank Harris. TSU responded quickly with a touchdown by Andrew Body tying the game 7-7, but near the end of the 1st quarter, in one of the best plays of the game, sophomore wide receiver Chris Carpenter ran a 97-yard return, UTSA’s first ever kick return for a touchdown. UTSA ended the quarter 14-7.
UTSA led the game 21-17 at halftime and held the lead for the rest of the game. Other history makers of the game included quarterback Frank Harris breaking the school’s record for career touchdown passes throwing for 392 yards for the day. Wide receiver De’Corian Clark tied his own record for touchdown receptions (3 total) in a single game also broke the school’s record for receiving yards in a game, having concluded with 217 yards on 9 catches. And we can’t forget the defense who forced two turnovers in the game. Dylan Griffin and Avery Murphy had one each.
Although it was a much needed win for the Roadrunners, Coach Jeff Traylor was not pleased with the teams play, noting they were not quite where he’d like them to be. UTSA moves to 2-2 and will begin USA Conference play when they go on the road Friday, September 30th against Middle Tennessee.
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I’m Not Back, I’m Better!
Two Black female athletes recently brought their magic to premier competitions – silencing haters who doubted them.
Sha’Carri Richardson, 23, now has her sights set on the Olympics in Paris in 2024 after snagging two gold medals at the World Championships in Hungary. She won gold in the women’s 100m final to take the race in 10.65 seconds for her first international title. Her U.S. team easily took another gold in the 4x100m relay final, beating the top Jamaican sprinters. Richardson finished her medal collection, taking bronze in the 200m final.
To take part in Paris 2024, athletes must be selected by their National Olympic Committee (NOC). NOCs have the final say about whether these athletes will be chosen for their respective NOC teams for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Richardson, from Dallas, tested positive for cannabis in 2021 in the U.S. Olympic trials – a substance banned under World Anti-Doping Agency rules. Her one-month suspension cost her a spot on the American team for the Tokyo Olympics. The following season proved difficult as she failed to qualify for the U.S. World Championships team.
Richardson has coined the quote, “I’m not back, I’m better.”
Back in America, during the World Championships, gymnast Simone Biles clinched her eighth win in the U.S. Championships in Northern California – something no male or female gymnast has done until now.
Biles, a seven-time Olympic medallist, competed in just her second competition since withdrawing from the women’s team final and four subsequent individual finals to focus on her mental health at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
It’s been 10 years since Biles, now 26, first soared to the top of the gymnastics world, claiming her first U.S. title at the 2013 nationals. Not bad for the newlywed who married Jonathan Owens, a safety for the Green Bay Packers, earlier this year.
Spurs Fans Have “Wembamania”
San Antonio Spurs fans celebrated hope on May 16 as news broke for the third time in franchise history that it won the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery. People were honking their car horns downtown, packing bars, and the Spurs sales office was fully staffed, making thousands of dollars from ticket sales.
It’s no secret that basketball phenom Victor Wembanyama, also known as “Wemby” will be headed to San Antonio when the Spurs are predicted to pick him on June 22 in the draft. Spurs fans once had Manu Mania, and now “Wembamania” is surfacing on t-shirts.
The Spurs celebration is a sign of relief for many fans who witnessed their beloved team lose 60 games during the regular season, which tied for the second-worst record in the league with the Houston Rockets. The Spurs have had two other No. 1 draft picks in franchise history – David Robinson and Tim Duncan. The news of the No. 1 pick this year couldn’t be sweeter since this year also marks the Spurs’ 50th anniversary.
When Wembanyama was sporting a Tony Parker jersey at a young age, who would have known he would be heading to the Alamo City years later? Now at the age of 19, who is he? He is a 7’2 French pro baller who has played for French teams owned by former Spurs players Tony Parker and Boris Diaw. Parker is the most notable French NBA player who was drafted in 2001.
Wembanyama is said to have an eight-foot wingspan, meaning he likely won’t have to jump to block shots. And he is dearly loved in his home country since he’s already played for France’s junior and national basketball teams.
Wembanyama said in an NBA interview he’s excited to go to “Texas and help the Spurs compete for championships.”
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