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Roadrunners rout Minot State in season finale, 49-7

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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA erupted for 21 points in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 49-7 victory against Minot State in Saturday's season finale at the Alamodome.

The Roadrunners wrapped up their inaugural campaign with a 4-6 record, while the Beavers, a Division II independent, finished the year at 2-8.

Jason Neill picked off a Bryce Joregenson screen pass on Minot State's opening possession and the 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end rumbled 67 yards to paydirt to get the scoring parade started.

Evans Okotcha extended to the lead to 14 a little more than four minutes later when he broke through the line for a 77-yard touchdown on UTSA's third play from scrimmage.

The advantage grew to 21-0 on the Roadrunners' ensuing possession when Kam Jones finished off a five-play, 48-yard drive with a 22-yard scoring jaunt.

Minot State got on the board with 8:53 remaining in the opening half when Tyson Schatz reached paydirt from two yards out, but that was all the Beavers got the rest of the way.

It was all UTSA after intermission, as Eric Soza connected with Brandon Freeman and Josiah Monroe on 33- and 14-yard scoring tosses, respectively, in the third quarter.

David Glasco II and Nate Shaw finished off the rout with short touchdown runs in the final stanza.

Brandon Armstrong rushed for 105 yards on just 10 carries, while Okotcha added 79 on his three totes, as the Roadrunners set a program record with 289 on the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Soza completed 18-of-27 passes for 178 yards and two scores.

Mark Waters had a game-high 12 tackles in his final game as a Roadrunner.

The game drew 32,369 fans and that helped UTSA break the NCAA record for average attendance for a first-year program. The Roadrunners welcomed 35,521 fans per game to the Alamodome this season.

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