The Lumberjack football team will be back in action at 2:30 p.m. Saturday as they travel to the Alamodome in San Antonio for their second game of the season against the UTSA Roadrunners.
The Lumberjacks took last week off following a 24-14 season opening loss to the UTEP Miners. SFA held a 14-3 lead during the second quarter, but the Miners came back scoring 21 unanswered points to secure the win. Junior quarterback Trae Self went 14-21 passing with 133 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Senior running back Da’Leon Ward ran for 51 yards and one score. Junior linebacker Day Day Coleman led the Jacks defense with seven tackles and one tackle for loss.
The Roadrunners opened their season on the road and defeated Texas State 51-48 in double overtime. Sophomore running back Sincere McCormick ran for a school-record 197 rushing yards with one touchdown, and sophomore quarterback Frank Harris added three rushing scores. As a team, the Roadrunners totaled 330 yards on the ground and nearly 500 yards of total offense.
This will be the first ever meeting between SFA and UTSA and will be the Jacks’ second time this season facing an opponent from Conference-USA.
Although the Jacks and Roadrunners have never met on the field, UTSA’s head coach is no stranger to SFA and East Texas.
First-year head coach Jeff Traylor is a 1986 graduate of Gilmer High School and played as a walk-on for SFA where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in 1989 and 2002. He coached Gilmer for 15 seasons where he compiled a 175-26 overall record. He led the Buckeyes to five state championship appearances, winning it in 2004, 2009 and 2014.
He jumped to the college ranks in 2015 spending two seasons under then Texas Longhorns Head Coach Charlie Strong’s staff as special teams coordinator/tight ends coach. In 2017, Traylor joined Chad Morris’ staff at SMU as associate head coach and running backs coach. The following season, he followed Morris to Arkansas and held the same roles for two seasons before being hired on as UTSA’s third head coach in program history.
ESPN3 and ESPN+ will provide broadcasts of the game.