Despite two long weather delays- an hour and a half, an hour and 23 minutes- UAB (4-1, 1-1) was able to extend their home winning streak to 15 in a row. The Blazers took down the Rice (0-6, 0-2) 35-20 in the longest game in Blazers’ history (6 hours, 15 minutes.)
In the process, starting running back Spencer Brown received a slight injury that ended his game early. Redshirt sophomore running back Lucious Stanley took Brown’s place and had a two-touchdown game. Stanley also rushed for 88 yards on 19 carries. Quarterback Tyler Johnston III also had an offensive showing with 282 yards and three passing touchdowns. Johnston went 14-for-25 and also threw two interceptions.
Once again, the Blazers’ defense was the star of the show with a big game by junior lineback Kristopher Moll. He racked up 14 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble.
Saturday, the Blazers will leave their home, however, and travel to San Antonio, where they will take on the Roadrunners of University of Texas- San Antonio. As reported by UABSports.com, UAB Coach Bill Clark acknowledged in his weekly press conference that the Alamodome, the home stadium of UTSA, is a difficult place to win, “Going to UTSA, it's always a tough environment to go play at their place. It's really loud. There's a lot of noise. Having played there before, it's always interesting. Coach Wilson and those guys came off a really good win.”
UTSA comes off their second win of the year- a 26-16 victory over conference fot and fellow Texas school- University of Texas- El Paso. This was the Roadrunners’ first conference win of the year, and it brings their record to (2-3, 1-1.)
UTSA had an impressive game offensively- especially running back Sincere McCormick who broke a school record by rushing for 189 yards. McCormick also scored one rushing touchdown on his 22 carries. In addition, sophomore quarterback Lowell Narcisse made his first career start count with 115 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Through the air, Narcisse passed for 46 yards and a passing touchdown. He went 6-for-14.
UT- San Antonio has struggled this season offensively, only scoring 91 points and allowing 162. Total yardage has been a closer battle- the offense has gained 1677 total yards (averaging 335.4 per game) and have allowed 1894 yards (378.8 per game.)
The Roadrunner defense held the UTEP offense to only 280 yards, 99 of which were rushing. This can pose a challenge to the Blazers who tend to run first.
On the other hand, the Blazers are averaging 382.6 yards per game with 241.8 yards through the air and 140.8 yards on the ground. Johnston has been on fire recently- he has passed for 1209 yards this season and has contributed for 12 total touchdowns.
UTSA will have a tough time defending against Johnston’s deadly trio of receivers. Austin Watkins, Myron Mitchell, and Kendall Parham have made up almost 1000 of Johnston’s passing yards (367, 273, and 354 respectively.) In addition they have caught a total of 10 touchdowns.
As of now, UAB sits at 12.5 point favorites over the host team, and the O/U is set at 47.5 This Conference-USA West matchup will take place in the Alamodome and will kick off at 5 p.m central time. It will be broadcast on ESPN+ for television and WJOX 94.5 on radio.
Written by Bryant Horn