UAB football did what many outside of Birmingham thought was impossible this year, and that’s become bowl eligible. They do so in dominating fashion with a 52-21 win at home over Rice.
This game was never close as UAB jumped out to a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter with three of those coming on runs by Spencer Brown who eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark on the season in this game.
Rice finally got on the board midway through the second quarter and recovered an onside kick. But Brontae Harris intercepted the first play of the Owls possession and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown.
The defense got another turnover on Rice’s next possession, which led to another UAB touchdown, making it 42-7 at halftime.
UAB came out on fire in the second half as A.J. Erdely picked up his third passing touchdown of the game, hooking up with Andre Wilson in the endzone for the second time.
The Owls added 14 points in the fourth quarter with UAB playing some second team players.
Brown finished the game with 140 yards rushing on 17 carries (8.2 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns. James Noble III also had a good day running the football picking up 73 yards on 10 carries.
Erdely threw just one imcompletion all game and completed 20 passes for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Overall Rice actually outgained UAB 463-439 with the Owls having some success when the game was in hand.
UAB was 9-of-11 on third down, which was nice to see. And the defense forced three huge turnovers to help the Blazers pull away and put them away early.
This is exactly what you would hope UAB would do to a team like Rice. They came out early and showed their dominance and then didn’t let up.
Now the Blazers are bowl eligible with three games left to play. This is an amazing feat by Coach Clark and the team to even be in a position like this.
UAB now turns it’s attention towards a huge game next week at UTSA.