Davenport, Sturm lead UTSA past Rice
After the debacle in Denton, UTSA spent the week focused on finishing. Apparently, the message came through. Loud and clear.
Defensive end Marcus Davenport returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown and the Roadrunners pulled away in the second half to beat Rice 20-7 on homecoming Saturday night in front of 25,270 at the Alamodome.
Dalton Sturm used his arm and legs to help guide UTSA (4-2, 1-2) to its first Conference USA victory. The senior threw for 134 yards and a touchdown and ran for 79 yards as the Roadrunners posted their third straight win over the Owls (1-6, 1-2).
Running back Tyrell Clay rushed for 153 yards on just 11 carries.
But the night belonged to the defense. Davenport tied a career high with 11 tackles, including two sacks and 3½ tackles for loss. Cornerback Clayton Johnson had two interceptions as UTSA rebounded from a last-minute 29-26 loss at North Texas a week ago.