Baylor and UTSA knotted at seven at halftime

By Baylee VerSteeg | Lariat Photographer UTSA's Jalen Rhodes is brought down by a Baylor defender.

At the half, Baylor football is tied with UTSA 7-7 following a last minute touchdown drive by the Roadrunners.

On the first drive, the Baylor offense was pushed back into its own territory due to self-inflicted woulds including an offensive pass interference and multiple false start penalties.

Sophomore quarterback Zach Smith came in on third down to attempt a long pass, but his completion to junior wide receiver Chris Platt came up just short of the first down.

The Baylor defense forced a three-and-out on UTSA’s first possession to get the ball back but senior quarterback Anu Solomon tossed an interception at midfield as the Roadrunners regained possession.

Baylor special teams came up big with a block of UTSA’s 47-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first quarter.

Baylor’s first drive of the second quarter saw Solomon’s pass attempt on third down deflected to force a three-and-out, but UTSA sophomore punt returner Matt Guidry muffed the punt, resulting in good field position for the Bears.

The following play, Solomon threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Denzel Mims to give the Bears a 7-0 lead following the extra point.

With 27 seconds left in the first half, UTSA senior quarterback Dalton Sturm connected with senior wide receiver Josh Stewart on a 7-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.

At the break, Baylor has completed just two passes combined for a total of 36 yards while UTSA has 104 yards in the air.

The Roadrunners dominated the time of possession in the first half, holding the ball for 21 minutes to Baylor’s nine.

UTSA will get the ball to start the second half.