HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- They're playing in their third year of college football.
They're second in Conference USA in home attendance.
They've already won their first league game - in their first try, no less.
Say hello to the Roadrunners of the University of Texas at San Antonio, the first of four new C-USA teams on Marshall's schedule. They are making their easternmost road trip ever this weekend, landing in Huntington to battle Marshall.
Kickoff time for the Thundering Herd's homecoming is 2 p.m. Saturday, with the game televised back to Texas but not locally.
The Roadrunners, coming off a 59-28 loss to Houston, remain one season away from bowl eligibility. But they have the full attention of Marshall's players, especially defensive players who have to solve a highly multiple offense with a seasoned quarterback.
"I know this week I've been watching more film than I've watched all year," said MU strong safety D.J. Hunter.
Arguably, the Roadrunners have the most upside of the six C-USA newcomers. Former Miami coach Larry Coker has proved to be a near-perfect choice to start the program from scratch, the Alamodome provides an NFL-caliber home field and the school sits in the heart of talent-rich Texas.
And with Austin 80 miles away, Houston 200 and Dallas 275, this team can compete for the hearts of San Antonio, which has a metro area population of 2.2 million.
So far, the program isn't doing a bad job, selling 14,702 season tickets for a 2013 home schedule that led off with Oklahoma State and Houston. Those two games produced an average of 36,732, second in C-USA to East Carolina's 44,075.
In 2011, the Roadrunners made their debut before 56,743 fans who watched a 31-3 win over Northeastern (Okla.) State. (For perspective, the Division II school played before 34,598 over the entire 2012 season.)
"It's something that I'll never forget," said UTSA quarterback Eric Soza. "Running through that tunnel and hearing the fans go crazy, and hearing the announcer say that 'San Antonio football has arrived!' It still sends chills down my neck."