UAB football put up a really good fight against La Tech on Saturday and came away with a huge 23-22 win on Homecoming.

The fantastic call from David Crane and Steve Irvine

La Tech had a chance to win the game with three seconds left, but UAB blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt to hold on to the 23-22 win.

Both teams struggled with kicks on the day, but it was La Tech who struggled the most with two missed extra points and a blocked field goal.

The Blazers came out on fire in this game, maybe feeding off the momentum of homecoming. They forced a 3-and-out on La Tech’s oppening possession, and then promptly took the ball down the field for a touchdown. A.J. Erdely took in from three yards out.

La Tech again went 3-and-out, and Andrew Wilson took the punt back 46 yards setting UAB up for another touchdown. This time Spencer Brown took it in from 11 yards out, but the extra point was blocked making it a 13-0 lead for the Blazers.

The Bulldogs answered with a touchdown of their own to make it 13-7.

UAB drove down the field again, but the 11-play drive ended in a missed 44-yard field goal. La Tech took advantage and finished off an 11-play drive of their own with a field goal to cut the UAB lead to three.

But the Blazer offense came right back, and this time Nick Vogel was successful with a 27-yard field goal.

UAB was driving on their next possession up 16-10, but they turned the ball over on downs as they failed to convert on a 4-and-1.5.

The Blazers went into the half up 16-10, but it could have been a lot better.

UAB got the ball after the half and took the ball down the field, but came up empty as Vogel missed his second field goal attempt of the day — this time a 44-yard attempt.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, but La Tech opened up the fourth with a touchdown. However, a celebration penalty pushed the extra point attempt back and they missed it making it a 16-16 game.

With 6:02 left in the game Erdely ran it into the endzone from two yards out to give the Blazers the lead again. The touchdown was setup by a couple of nice passes to Andre Wilson.

The Bulldogs answered with 3:32 left on the clock with a touchdown. But another La Tech penalty pushed the extra point back, and they missed the PAT again, allowing UAB to retain a one point lead.

The Blazers were unable to put the game away on the ensuing possession, going 3-and-out and giving La Tech great field possession.

La Tech marched right down to the UAB 12 yard line and setup to kick the game-winning field goal, but UAB got the block to preserver the homecoming victory. Their first ever win over La Tech.

This was a great win for UAB as it sets them up to not only make a bowl game, but keeps them alive in Conference USA West.

These two teams were about as even as it could get. Total yards were 366-363 in favor of UAB, including 209-188 passing and 154-78 rushing with UAB winning the rushing attack.

La Tech had 10 penalties for 95 yards, which was huge for the Blazers. UAB had eight penalties themselves, but for only 57 yards.

Time-of-possession was 30:04-29:56 in favor of UAB, but it doesn’t get much closer to even than that.

UAB will be back at home next week against Middle Tennessee.

 

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