UAB football got out to an early lead and the defense hung on to help the Blazers pick up their second win of the season 30-23 against Coastal Carolina.
The Blazers definitely didn’t make it easy on themselves in the second half, but the defense did just enough, and the offense got a late touchdown to put the game away.
UAB started out great as they got the ball first and drove it right down the field for a touchdown. They threw a bunch of short passing plays, which worked perfectly, but then for some reason the offense went away from that strategy for the rest of the game.
The defense absolutely shutdown Coastal Carolina in the first half. They constantly stopped them for short gains on first down and forced them to throw the football. At halftime the UAB defense had held the Chanticleers to just 71 total yards.
Coastal Carolina really hurt themselves with two turnovers in the first half, which led to nine UAB points. The Blazers basically handed Coastal Carolina the five points they scored in the first half. They ran a blocked field goal back for two points, and then got great field position after a terrible punt, which led to a field goal.
The Blazers went into the half up 16-5 with a 189-71 total yards advantage. Everything looked great at that point.
But the Chanticleers came out ready to play in the second half and pretty much dominated the game for the third and fourth quarter outside of the first five minutes of the third quarter when UAB got an interception and then Carlos Stephens took it to the house on a 26-yard run — UAB’s longest run play of the day.
At that point UAB was up 23-5 and it looked like they were going to cruise to victory. But the defense got soft, and the offense got conservative, and that’s a bad combination.
The Chanticleers came right back and ran the ball all over the UAB defense, something they hadn’t done all day. They scored 10 unaswered points and made it a touchdown game in the fourth quarter.
The offense continued to sputter, but the defense made a couple of nice stands, and finally the offense opened it back up and put together a good drive. Spencer Brown pounded the ball into the endzone to make it a two touchdown game.
Coastal Carolina came right back down and scored, but UAB recovered the onside kick. In the end, Coastal Carolina out gained UAB 327-274.
It should not have been this difficult of a game for UAB, but I keep reminding myself it’s just their third game in three years. They got the win, and that’s what is most important.
Check back with The Daily Dragon later as we give some our biggest takeaways from today’s game.