UTSA beats Charlotte, becomes bowl eligible for first time

UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm (14) is hit by Charlotte linebacker Alex Highsmith (46) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) Dalton Sturm and Jared Johnson combined for 414 yards passing and three touchdowns and UTSA defeated Charlotte 33-14 on Saturday night to become bowl eligible for the first time in the six-year history of the program.

Sturm connected with Kerry Thomas on a 73-yard score and 13 yards to Brady Jones in the first half with the Roadrunners (6-6, 5-3 Conference USA) leading 17-7 at intermission. Victor Falcon kicked his second field goal in the third quarter for a 20-7 lead before Juwan Foggie picked up a mishandled punt snap and scored from 3 yards out for Charlotte (4-8, 3-5).

Johnson came on for UTSA and led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, passing 20 yards to Marquez McNair for a score, and Jalen Rhodes capping a 77-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run.

Thomas finished with a school-record 145 yards receiving. Sturm threw for 286 yards and Johnson 128.