San Antonio.- It probably can’t get any sweeter for the Roadrunners starting quarterback Eric Soza. As the final seconds ran off the clock in Saturday’s rivalry game against Texas State Soza made a move that would forever change his life—off the field.
In the midst of chaos after the Roadrunners 38-31 victory over Texas State, Soza made his way to the stands to celebrate the win with his family and girlfriend. It was the picture-perfect ending to a winning season, but Soza would trump that with just four words—Will you marry me?
The 22-year old Beevillenative proposed to his girlfriend Ms. Audrey Jones.
He got the win and the girl.
“She said yes, so she must be crazy,” Soza said after he proposed. “I didn’t really know what I was going to do. My mom and sister said, ‘well what about in a win over Texas State?’”
“That’s not too cliché and too corny,” Soza asked them.
Their response was “no” and the rest is history.
Both families were attendance for the game as Soza asked Jones to be his wife. But, not without first after asking her father which was a “nerve-racking” experience he said.
There is no date set according to Soza.
UTSA proves all the naysayers wrong
Can I get a side of toast with my crow?
I, along with many others in the nation, thought the Larry Coker-lead UTSA Roadrunners didn’t stand a chance in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). At best I thought the team might win four games— they won eight.
I did not think Soza was a Division I quarterback—he proved he is. He threw for 2085 yards and 20 touchdowns in 10 games, had a pass efficiency of 142.25 and rushed for 364 yards.
Overall the Roadrunners finished their second season of collegiate play with an 8-4 record (3-3 in the WAC).
“I said before the season started that we are going to compete and have a chance to win every football game and that was probably a pipe dream—probably we weren’t that good,” UTSA Head Coach Larry Coker said after Saturday’s season finale against Texas State.
UTSA started the season strong with five-straight wins before losing four in a row to Rice, San Jose State, Utah State and Louisiana Tech. Coker and the team rebounded with three straight victories to close out the season including a 38-31 win over I-35 rival Texas State.
This season the team ranked 112th in strength of schedule in their second year of competition.
Regardless, Coker has taken a bunch of junior college transfers, two-star and a few three-star recruits and made then into a legitimate FBS NCAA football team.
In 2013 the Roadrunners will compete in Conference USA.
Dennis M. Ayotte, Jr. is a reporter for La Prensa de San Antonio. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.