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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Bigz Burger Joint
UTSA fans Kendall Hajovsky and Chris Rendon take advantage of the 20 percent discount at Bigz Burger Joint on Orange and Blue Day.

Football To Host Louisiana Tech On Saturday Night
UTSA (1-4, 1-0 C-USA) will open the home portion of its 2015 Conference USA football schedule at 6 p.m. on Saturday against Louisiana Tech (3-2, 1-1 C-USA). Here are a few important game day reminders:

Kickoff — 6 p.m.

Pink Out — Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. UTSA’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will pass out pink ribbons to fans in the North Plaza before the game. The UTSA Bookstore has different pink items for sale if you need help finding pink gear. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. We look forward to seeing everyone at the game in Pink Out gear. Help us team up against breast cancer.

Tickets — Tickets are available and may be purchased by calling (210) 458-UTSA (8872) or by clicking here. The Alamodome Box Office will open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and doors will open to the public an hour later.

Television — The game will be televised nationally on the American Sports Network (ASN). In San Antonio, the broadcast will be available on KMYS-CW 35 (AT&T Uverse 35/1035HD, DirectTV 35, DISH 35, Grande 7/807HD, Time Warner 7/1212HD, over the air 35.1). To find ASN stations in your area, please check your local listings or click here.

Parking — All Alamodome parking lots are SOLD OUT. Alamodome lots will open at 11 a.m. UTSA Athletics has secured additional parking on the northwest corner of East Commerce and Cherry Streets. Season and individual game parking in this lot is available through the UTSA Ticket Office at (210) 458-UTSA (8872).

Park-and-Ride — Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, VIA will offer Park and Ride service from four convenient locations: UTSA Main Campus, Crossroads Park & Ride, Randolph Park & Ride and Madla Transit Center. The last returning bus from the Alamodome will leave 45 minutes following the end of the game. Click here for more park-and-ride information.

Orange and Blue Day — On the day prior to all UTSA football games, fans are encouraged to wear orange and blue to participating businesses in the San Antonio area that are members of the UTSA Business Alliance for special discounts. For the latest list of establishments offering the discounts, please visit

Spirit Walk — The Spirit Walk will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the corner of Hoefgen Avenue and Commerce Street. UTSA’s Spirit of San Antonio marching band will lead the Roadrunners football team down Hoefgen through Roadrunner (Sunset) Station and into the Alamodome.

Michael Egwuagu at UTEP

Egwuagu Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week
Michael Egwuagu trailed Nate Gaines for several yards encouraging him to lateral the ball. Finally at the 11-yard line, Gaines ran into a UTEP defender and tossed the ball back to his teammate.

The junior from Pflugerville grabbed the ball and sprinted 15 yards to score his second defensive touchdown and nail down UTSA's 25-6 victory on a lightning-laced evening in El Paso.

Thanks in part to Gaines’ generosity, Egwuagu was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.

His first touchdown of the night came on a 40-yard interception return in the third quarter and he also added eight tackles (six solos), as the Roadrunners registered a season-high nine three-and-outs, five takeaways and a safety.

Gaines added a team-high nine stops and a pair of picks, as UTSA snapped a season-opening four-game losing streak.

Soccer To Kick Cancer On Friday night
As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the soccer team is kicking cancer at the Park West Athletics Complex in Friday's 7 p.m. home match against UTEP. There will be a silent auction and free Taco Bell tacos for the first 100 fans. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit The Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation, a local nonprofit volunteer organization with the vision of "a world free of breast cancer."

Eight Men's Basketball Games Selected For Television
The American Sports Network (ASN) announced Monday that the home men’s basketball game against Louisiana Tech, scheduled for Feb. 18 at the Convocation Center, will be televised. The Roadrunners now have eight games this season that will be broadcast over the airwaves.

UTSA television appearances begin at Creighton (Nov. 17) on FOX Sports 2 and at Texas (Dec. 8) on the Longhorn Network. ASN then will broadcast home games against North Texas (Jan. 1), UTEP (Jan. 16), Marshall (Feb. 6), Louisiana Tech (Feb. 18) and Southern Miss (Feb 20), along with the Roadrunners' road contest at Middle Tennessee (Jan. 9).

SAAC To Sponsor Can-toberfest On Oct. 23
The UTSA Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) is sponsoring Can-toberfest on Oct. 23 at the Park West Athletic Complex. Activities will kick off at 6:30 p.m. followed by the soccer match against Old Dominion a half hour later.

Youngsters who are members of the UTSA Rowdy Runners Kids Club will be admitted free and admission will be reduced to $1 for adults who donate three canned food goods for the “Let’s SAAC Hunger” food drive for the San Antonio Food Bank. Click here for more information about the Rowdy Runners Kids Club.

UTSA Police and local fire departments will be present to hand out candy and provide Halloween safety tips. Members of the Lonestar soccer program will perform an exhibition at halftime of the match and will serve as ball handlers and escorts for the Roadrunners.

KENS 5 Features UTSA Student-Athlete Weather Forecasts
Tune to KENS 5 Eyewitness News each Thursday at 6:30 a.m. and receive your San Antonio weather forecast from a UTSA student-athlete. Click here to watch UTSA women’s golfer Nikki Long provide last Thursday’s forecast. KENS 5 is the official local television station of UTSA Athletics.

Ashaad Mabry/Teddy Williams
Former Roadrunners and current NFL players Ashaad Mabry (left) and Teddy Williams met up at the Sept. 27 game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.

Final Thoughts
Along IH-10 near Boerne, a billboard depicts John Wayne letting everyone know that he does not tolerate quitters. The UTSA football team demonstrated the same kind of “True Grit” on Saturday night at UTEP in earning its first conference win.

The Roadrunners overcame two lightning delays and the young team showed tremendous resilience and determination in displaying great potential for becoming a force in C-USA.

Dr. Ricardo Romo gave his annual State of the University address on Tuesday and announced that UTSA has far exceeded the original goal for its first capital campaign. In 2009 the initial fundraising campaign goal was set at $120 million. Dr. Romo announced yesterday that the campaign raised $180 million. Athletics fundraising contributed $28 million toward the final total.

Congratulations to Dr. Romo and the Development staff under the leadership of Vice President of External Relations Marjie French.   The road to Tier One is taking shape and the future looks unlimited for the Roadrunners. Thanks to fans like you, we are continuing to grow and move toward becoming a Tier One athletic department as well. Click here to read more on the University's capital campaign.

Battling the weather in El Paso made us even more grateful for the Alamodome. At game time it’s always 72 degrees with no wind, no rain and no lightning. We continually strive to provide fans with a safe, enjoyable environment.

Each game we get reports of a broken seat, a spill or an unruly fan that is make watching the game less than ideal. Please remember than fans can send a text to 69050 and start the message with the word “Alamo.” Then type the issue that you’re experiencing. Please include your section, row and seat number so a staff member can assist with any facility issues or an unruly fan.

We want everyone to “Get Rowdy.” But we also want to demonstrate sportsmanship and consideration so that everyone can enjoy watching the game.

Please take advantage of the businesses participating in Orange and Blue Day each Friday before Saturday football games. More than 30 businesses are offering gifts, discounts and promotions to Roadrunners fans visiting on Fridays who are dressed in blue and/or orange. Click here for a complete list of participating businesses.

The UTSA story over the past 20 years is amazing. Dr. Romo’s leadership in moving the University to the next level and the growth of programming on our campus has gained national and worldwide recognition. It has taken tremendous work, dedication, vision and "True Grit."

Thank you for your continued attendance and giving to UTSA Athletics. As our fall sports move into C-USA competition, we look forward to sharing exciting game experiences with you. Please remember that purchasing a ticket or giving a donation enables our student-athletes to achieve in the classroom, in the community and on the field of competition.

I look forward to seeing you this weekend at our soccer and football games.

Go Runners!


Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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