MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Sean Ianno kicked four field goals, the last a 51-yarder with 16 seconds to play, to give Texas-San Antonio a dramatic 33-31 victory Saturday over South Alabama.
The nonconference season opener for both teams, originally scheduled for Thursday night, had been postponed by Hurricane Isaac. On Saturday, Ianno's placekicking and three touchdown passes by Eric Soza gave the Roadrunners a win in which the lead changed hands four times in the fourth quarter.
C.J. Bennett tossed two touchdown passes for South Alabama, the last a 34-yarder to Jereme Jones with 2:46 left to give the Jaguars their last lead, 31-30. But Ianno, who kicked two field goals in the second quarter, kicked his fourth and decisive field goal to win it.
For the second-year Texas-San Antonio program, Soza's three touchdown passes included a 58-yarder to Kam Jones and a 34-yarder to Earon Holmes.
|SALA||Demetre Baker 11 yd run (Michel Chapuseaux kick)|
|TXSA||Kam Jones 58 yd pass from Eric Soza (Sean Ianno kick)|
|TXSA||Cole Hicks 23 yd pass from Eric Soza (Sean Ianno kick)|
|TXSA||Sean Ianno 47 yd FG|
|TXSA||Sean Ianno 32 yd FG|
|SALA||Desmond Jones 2 yd pass from C.J. Bennett (Michel Chapuseaux kick)|
|SALA||Michel Chapuseaux 43 yd FG|
|SALA||Kendall Houston 1 yd run (Michel Chapuseaux kick)|
|TXSA||Earon Holmes 34 yd pass from Eric Soza (Sean Ianno kick)|
|TXSA||Sean Ianno 21 yd FG|
|SALA||Jereme Jones 34 yd pass from C.J. Bennett (Michel Chapuseaux kick)|
|TXSA||Sean Ianno 51 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||2-12||5-13|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||2-2|
|Kick Return Yds||58||95|
|Punt Return Yds||-7||37|
|Time of Poss.||33:7||26:53|
|TXSA: David Glasco 9-70, Evans Okotcha 8-31, Eric Soza 4-19, Seth Grubb 1-18, Brandon Armstrong 6-17, Aaron Grubb 1-16, Kam Jones 1-15, Team 1--3|
|SALA: Demetre Baker 12-63, Kendall Houston 11-43, Terrance Timmons 4-20, C.J. Bennett 9-12, T.J. Glover 1--12|
|TXSA: Eric Soza 18-30-215-1|
|SALA: C.J. Bennett 15-24-182-1, Ross Metheny 0-2-0-0|
|TXSA: Evans Okotcha 3-19, Brandon Armstrong 3-19, David Glasco 3-3, Kam Jones 2-81, Cole Hicks 2-33, Kenny Harrison 2-5, Earon Holmes 1-34, Marcellus Mack 1-13, Josiah Monroe 1-8|
|SALA: Jereme Jones 3-51, Corey Besteda 3-40, Greg Hollinger 2-42, T.J. Glover 2-25, Bryant Lavender 2-12, Kendall Houston 2-10, Desmond Jones 1-2|
|Texas-San Antonio||2nd Conference USA West||6-2||7-5|
|South Alabama||3rd Sun Belt||4-3||6-6|