UTSA-Louisiana Tech Preview Capsule

The Associated Press Published:

UTSA (5-3, 1-2 WAC) at No. 22 Louisiana Tech (7-1, 2-0 WAC), 4 p.m.

Line: Louisiana Tech by 32.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Coming off of a 28-14 win at New Mexico State, Louisiana Tech returns home with its highest ranking ever and with a win will continue on the path toward its second consecutive Western Athletic Conference Championship. Texas-San Antonio, a program in only its second season, can even its league record and notch a landmark victory in its first game against a nationally ranked FBS opponent.

KEY MATCHUP

Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton vs. UTSA CB Erik Brown. Patton continues to be the main target of the prolific Bulldog offense as he leads the team with 65 catches for 848 yards to go along with eight touchdowns and is only two games removed from an impressive 21-catch, 233-yard performance against Texas A&M in Shreveport. Brown has been the Roadrunners best pass defender this season with four interceptions, good for a fifth-place in the country.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Louisiana Tech: QB Colby Cameron has been running one of the nation's top offenses. The senior has completed 225 of 319 passes for 2,598 yards and 21 touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception this season. He is on the Davey O'Brien, Maxwell and Manning Award watch lists for the nation's top QB.

Texas San-Antonio: Redshirt freshman QB Ryan Polite has taken over as quarterback for the Roadrunners and will be making his third consecutive start under center. In his first career start against San Jose State, he set a school-record with 302 yards passing and completed 20 of 32 passes to 11 different players. He will be looking for his first career victory as the UTSA quarterback.

FACTS & FIGURES

The game marks homecoming for the Bulldogs and they will be after their ninth consecutive WAC victory. ... Louisiana Tech is coming off of its best defensive effort of the year last week, giving up only 14 points to New Mexico State, but also scored a season-low 28 points in the victory. ... UTSA is one of the nation's youngest teams with a national low six seniors on their 104-man roster. Nearly 78-percent of the squad is made up of underclassmen (42 sophomores/39 freshman). ... While this is a WAC game for both schools, UTSA and Louisiana Tech will continue their rivalry as members of Conference USA next season.