After trailing 12-7 at the half, UAB found a way to take home the win behind a dominant defensive effort.

We’ll talk and likely joke about that first play from scrimmage for a long time. Allowing a wide open 84-yard pass to Ito Smith was a shot in the gut that I personally was concerned how we’d respond to.

Thankfully our mature, seasoned defense has a short memory, and from that point on Southern Miss wouldn’t reach the end zone again — total domination.

Let’s look at some of the takeaways from yesterday’s win.

Darious Williams’ No Fly Zone

Darious hasn’t taken his senior year in Birmingham for granted to say the least. He’s been dominate in his coverage and is one of the best corners in the conference when defending the outside run. He and D.A. Williams have been as good on the outside as we’ve seen at UAB in quite some time.

Bend Don’t Break

Our putrid first-half offense repeatedly did no favors for our defense. Southern Miss won the field advantage battle by a large margin, but it was our defense’s determination between the 40’s that kept us in the ball game.

Stacey Keely continues to see limited playing time, which is something to keep an eye on. If you go back and watch the film, you’ll see it was Shaq Jones who does a myriad of small things that add up to great group performances like we saw last night.

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Spencer Brown is the Truth

You can book it now. The freshman bulldozer will be the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week. Coach Koenning went to a delayed give out of the shotgun time after time in the second half that Southern Miss just could not contain. Brown has a gift in his first step and ability to see holes before they appear. We have a special player on our hands, folks.