UTSA (3-1) at No. 15 BYU (3-0) 

  • Kickoff: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. MDT
  • Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,725; no fans permitted) 
  • Surface: Natural grass
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Livestream: WatchESPN
  • Radio: KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM
  • Series: First meeting
  • Weather: Sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s.

THE STAKES

For UTSA … The Roadrunners are seeking an upset of a top-15 team on the road — which would be the biggest victory in school history. UTSA is a 34-point underdog.

For BYU … The Cougars are putting their undefeated record and No. 15 ranking on the line for their homecoming game. 

THE TRENDS

For UTSA … The Roadrunners are playing a nationally ranked FBS opponent for just the sixth time and for the first time since falling at No. 22 Texas A&M in 2016. 

For BYU … The Cougars haven’t trailed all season long. BYU has outscored its opponents 148-24 in 2020. BYU ranks No. 1 nationally in total offense and total defense.

THE CRYSTAL BALL

UTSA will win if … The Roadrunners can get off to a fast start, force turnovers and limit the BYU offense’s time of possession. 

BYU will win if … The Cougars do what they’ve done through their first three games — get stops and score points in bunches. 

PLAYER TO WATCH

UTSA running back Sincere McCormick (3) tries to break away from Stephen F. Austin cornerback Willie Roberts (4) on a run during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in San Antonio. | Eric Gay, Associated Press

Sincere McCormick, UTSA running back: The 5-foot-9 sophomore leads the nation in rushing with 527 yards and is averaging 5.9 yards per carry. 

KEY MATCHUP

BYU’s wide receivers vs. UTSA’s defensive secondary: The Roadrunners are tied with Cincinnati and Syracuse for the most interceptions in the FBS with seven. Cougar receivers Gunner Romney (No. 4) and Dax Milne (No. 20) are among the nation’s leaders in receiving yards.

QUOTABLE

“Start with that quarterback (Zach Wilson). I mean, he’s a dude now. He can really spin it. He’s the best quarterback we’ve played. He’s an NFL quarterback. He’ll get drafted.”

— UTSA coach Jeff Traylor

“We have a good, mature group, a veteran group, so we are looking forward to these guys leading the way. I am excited to see how we go into the (UTSA game) and how we improve as a team. So that’s the focus. We are not really focused on anything besides that. We are trying to stay humble as a team and stay hungry regarding things we need to accomplish. We have a lot to prove still.”

BYU coach Kalani Sitake

NEXT UP

BYU visits Houston Oct. 16; UTSA hosts Army Oct. 17.  

BYU SCHEDULE

Sept. 7 — BYU 55, Navy 3

Sept. 19 — at Army (POSTPONED)

Sept. 26 — BYU 48, Troy 7 

Oct. 2 — BYU 45, Louisiana Tech 14

Oct. 10 — UTSA (1:30 p.m., ESPN2)

Oct. 16 — at Houston (7:30 p.m., ESPN)

Oct. 24 — Texas State (TBA, TBA)

Oct. 31 — Western Kentucky (TBA, TBA)

Nov. 7 — at Boise State (TBA, TBA)

Nov. 21 — Northern Alabama (TBA, TBA) 

Dec. 12 — San Diego State (TBA, TBA)

All times MT