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UTSA adds home game against Army to fall football schedule


UTSA continued to solidify its 2020 football schedule on Monday, announcing a matchup against Army set for Oct. 17 in the Alamodome.

The addition brings UTSA to 11 games this fall, including four nonconference contests and six home dates. Reports emerged last week that UTSA will also face BYU on Oct. 10 in Provo, Utah, potentially rounding out a full 12-game season.

UTSA has spent the past few weeks trying to rebuild its football slate after three opponents cut games in response to the coronavirus pandemic. UTSA’s season-opener Sept. 5 at LSU was canceled when the SEC switched to a conference-only schedule, a Sept. 19 home matchup against Grambling State was erased when the SWAC postponed its season to the spring and an Oct. 17 home date against Old Dominion was slashed when the program canceled fall athletics.

The Roadrunners are slated for seven Conference USA matchups, though the league may choose to alter its schedule before the season begins.

UTSA is set to begin the year Sept. 12 at Texas State, with the home opener scheduled for Sept. 19 against Stephen F. Austin.

Roadrunner tight end Leroy Watson breaks for yardage late in the game as UTSA hosts Army at the Alamodome on Sept. 14, 2019.

Roadrunner tight end Leroy Watson breaks for yardage late in the game as UTSA hosts Army at the Alamodome on Sept. 14, 2019.

Photo: Tom Reel, Staff / Staff Photographer

Photo: Tom Reel, Staff / Staff Photographer

Roadrunner tight end Leroy Watson breaks for yardage late in the game as UTSA hosts Army at the Alamodome on Sept. 14, 2019.

Roadrunner tight end Leroy Watson breaks for yardage late in the game as UTSA hosts Army at the Alamodome on Sept. 14, 2019.

Photo: Tom Reel, Staff / Staff Photographer

UTSA adds home game against Army to fall football schedule

Army, an FBS independent, has announced an 11-game slate for 2020, having to rebuild the bulk of its schedule due to cancellations caused by the pandemic.

The Black Knights and Roadrunners met for the first time last season, with Army winning 31-13.

The football series between UTSA and Army has been reconfigured twice since the schools first reached an agreement in April 2017.

The original contract called for the teams to meet four times — at UTSA in 2019 and 2023, and at Army in 2020 and 2022. The home team was to pay a $200,000 guarantee to the road team each year, and the contract included a $200,000 buyout clause for either team canceling the agreement or failing to appear.

Because of a scheduling conflict, UTSA restructured the contract in September 2019. The 2020 game at Army was canceled, and UTSA’s guaranteed payment to Army last season was doubled to $400,000 — an increase equal to the cost of the buyout.

Monday’s announcement puts the 2020 game back on the schedule, but with the venue switched to San Antonio. Details of the contract have not been released.

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