And he really, really spreads the ball around. He has thrown to a league-high 18 different pass catchers, with up to 15 getting a reception in any particular game. Only four have 10 or more catches, led by Kam Jones' 19 for 222 yards. Kenny Bias is the top speedster, averaging 20 yards on his 10 catches, with a 67-yard touchdown.
"They play a lot of different guys, and that's to their credit for them to recruit as well as they have, and have those kind of players," Heater said. "That's the best set of skill guys we've seen, as a group. It might be hard to believe, but that's what you see on tape."
But not all has gone well for the Roadrunners' offense, as the 2-3 record indicates. Last weekend at Houston, Soza threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, allowing the Cougars to run up a 59-28 victory.
The Roadrunners had a chance to go ahead in the third quarter, but a reverse option pass from Jones to Soza in the end zone fell incomplete. The next play was a blocked field goal, returned for a Houston touchdown.
Earlier in the season, the Roadrunners fell behind 42-7 after three quarters against Oklahoma State and 31-6 after three quarters at Arizona. But a confident team will take to the Edwards Stadium turf, buoyed by a conference win.
And by the knowledge of how far this program has gone, this quickly.
"It's been a journey and I couldn't ask for anything better," Soza said. "The opportunity to play the top guys in college football, it's been a blessing, a great opportunity we have to be on the national stage with TV contracts and everything. I couldn't dream in my wildest dreams that I'd be in this situation here."
Oddity: The contest is not airing locally, but is being beamed to San Antonio on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Texas. Keith Morehouse is the play-by-play man - yes, the former TV voice of the Herd. Matt D'Orazio is the analyst.
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