Ianno boots Roadrunners past Tulane, 10-7
SAN ANTONIO — Sean Ianno drilled a game-winning 34-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining to propel UTSA to a 10-7 come-from-behind victory against Tulane on Saturday at the Alamodome.
The Roadrunners (5-5, 4-2 C-USA), who won their third consecutive outing, forced three turnovers and allowed a season-low seven points, which also marked the fewest points allowed against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. Steven Kurfehs led the effort with 11 tackles and he forced a fumble that was recovered by Crosby Adams III deep in the red zone early in the second quarter. Cody Berry and Michael Egwuagu each added interceptions in the final 30 minutes.
Brandon Armstrong led UTSA’s ground game with eight carries for 77 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Cole Hubble led the receiving corps with three catches for 58 yards, but Seth Grubb's 62-yard reception with 1:15 left set up Ianno's game-clinching boot.
The Green Wave (6-4, 4-2 C-USA) opened up the scoring in the second stanza with a seven-play, 58-yard drive that was capped by Orleans Darkwa's 9-yard rush into the end zone. Darkwa finished the day with a game-high 103 yards on 20 attempts.
Following a three-and-out by the Roadrunners, Tulane drove to the UTSA 31 with nine seconds left in the half, but a false start penalty pushed Cairo Santos' field goal attempt back to a 54-yarder and he pushed it wide right to keep the score 7-0 at the half.
Santos missed another long kick in third, this time from 50 yards out, and UTSA responded one play later on Armstrong's career-best run to paydirt.
The Roadrunners' final drive started from the their 20-yard line and 3:21 left. Soza's connection with Grubb on 3rd-and-16 put them down to the Tulane 13 and Ianno delivered the third game-winning field goal of his career four plays later.
UTSA will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 23, when it travels to North Texas (7-3, 5-1 C-USA). Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Apogee Stadium.