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Texas-San Antonio 48, North Texas 27

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

By RAUL FLORES
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO - Frank Harris threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 49 yards and another score, lifting No. 23 UTSA to its second-straight Conference USA championship with a 48-27 victory over North Texas at the Alamodome.

UTSA knocked off North Texas for the second time in six weeks. In a game on Oct. 21, it took Harris' 10-yard pass to De'Corian Clark with 15 seconds remaining to give UTSA a 31-27 victory.

Not wanting a repeat of its regular-season finale a week earlier in which UTSA found itself in a 24-0 hole against UTEP, the team came out firing from the start, scoring on the opening possession.

After falling behind 10-7, the Roadrunners reeled off 17 unanswered points, including 10 in the final 1:12 of the first half to take a 24-10 lead at the break and never trailed again.

Harris and the offense, which has scored at least 30 points in 12 of 13 games this season, kept the pressure on, rolling up 571 yards of total offense. Harris had scoring passes of 32, 14, and 39 yards to senior Zakhari Franklin, and his fourth - a 16-yard toss to junior tight end Oscar Cardenas - sealed the victory with 4:07 left.

Junior quarterback Austin Aune, who engineered a scoring drive that got North Texas within 34-27 early in fourth quarter, threw for 194 yards and score, but was picked off twice.

The Roadrunners, who ran the table in conference play this season, improved to 11-2 and will await a bowl invitation. Projections include a potential bid from the New Orleans Bowl. North Texas fell to 7-6 and is bowl-eligible.

C-USA FAREWELL

The title game marked the final Conference-USA game for both programs, which are set to join the AAC beginning next season. UTSA leaves with back-to-back crowns and UNT bows out with two straight losses in the title gamet. The Mean Green lost to Florida Atlantic 41-17 in the 2017 C-USA championship.

WILL HE, WON'T HE?

Harris, a sixth-year senior who will still have one year of eligibility, has not decided if he will come back next season as the Runners' signal caller. He set UTSA passing records for yards in season (3,865), career (9,158) and TDs in a season (31) and career (73).

QBS FOR THE BOOKS

While Franklin was setting a UTSA record for career touchdowns, UNT's Aune's lone scoring toss gave him a UNT season-record 32 touchdowns passes.

December 2, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NorTxTx-SA
Tx-SA TD 12:04 Kevorian Barnes 27 yd run (Jared Sackett kick) 0 7
NorTx TD 8:09 Ikaika Ragsdale 2 yd run (Ethan Mooney kick) 7 7
Second Quarter NorTxTx-SA
NorTx FG 10:34 Ethan Mooney 22 yd FG 10 7
Tx-SA TD 8:25 Frank Harris 11 yd run (Jared Sackett kick) 10 14
Tx-SA FG 1:12 Jared Sackett 42 yd FG 10 17
Tx-SA TD 0:11 Zakhari Franklin 32 yd pass from Frank Harris (Jared Sackett kick) 10 24
Third Quarter NorTxTx-SA
NorTx FG 12:26 Ethan Mooney 24 yd FG 13 24
Tx-SA TD 10:33 Zakhari Franklin 14 yd pass from Frank Harris (Jared Sackett kick) 13 31
NorTx TD 8:42 Jyaire Shorter 36 yd pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney kick) 20 31
Tx-SA FG 1:47 Jared Sackett 43 yd FG 20 34
Fourth Quarter NorTxTx-SA
NorTx TD 13:34 Isaiah Johnson 1 yd run (Ethan Mooney kick) 27 34
Tx-SA TD 11:09 Zakhari Franklin 39 yd pass from Frank Harris (Jared Sackett kick) 27 41
Tx-SA TD 4:07 Oscar Cardenas 16 yd pass from Frank Harris (Jared Sackett kick) 27 48
Team Stats
  North Texas UTSA
First downs 19 32
  Rushing 9 12
  Passing 8 19
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 2-10, 20% 7-14, 50%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 35-172 47-227
Passing Yards 194 344
Return Yards 49 27
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-30-2 33-38-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2--9
Punts 3 2
Punts-Average 47 41.5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties - Yards 8-39 9-69
Time of Possession 22:17 37:43
North Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Aune 14 29 194 1 2
K. Horton 0 1 0 0 0
UTSA Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
F. Harris 32 37 341 4 0
J. Cephus 1 1 3 0 0
North Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Ragsdale 17 108 6.4 1
A. Adeyi 12 50 4.2 0
A. Aune 3 12 4.0 0
I. Johnson 2 3 1.5 1
UTSA Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Barnes 28 175 6.3 1
F. Harris 16 49 3.1 1
K. Cobbs 1 5 5.0 0
North Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Horton 3 58 19.3 0
J. Shorter 2 48 24.0 1
J. Roberts 3 31 10.3 0
J. Maclin 1 20 20.0 0
V. Gumms 2 13 6.5 0
D. Ward 1 13 13.0 0
R. Burns 1 6 6.0 0
J. Smart 1 5 5.0 0
UTSA Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Z. Franklin 10 144 14.4 3
J. Cephus 11 84 7.6 0
O. Cardenas 6 84 14.0 1
T. Ogle-Kellogg 2 13 6.5 0
D. Dishman 2 9 4.5 0
K. Barnes 1 7 7.0 0
F. Harris 1 3 3.0 0
North Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
UTSA Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Chattman 1 27
K. Robinson 1 0
North Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Rodriguez 3 141 47.0
UTSA Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Dean 2 83 41.5
North Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Burns 1 4 4.0
UTSA Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Lee 2 10 5.0
A. Alberding 2 0 0
K. Horton 1 35 35.0
G. Brewer 1 0 0
UTSA Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Texas Missed FG
Player Length
UTSA Missed FG
Player Length




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