By John H. Glenn
© Photo by UAB Sports
UAB extends to 21 straight wins at Legion Field with a 37 to 14 win over Western Kentucky, making them holders of the third-longest active home win streak in the nation.
A lopsided affair, UAB’s defense eviscerated Western Kentucky’s offense, led by new starting quarterback Kevaris Thomas. UAB forced four turnovers—the most all season—resulting in 24 of UAB’s 37 total points, holding Western Kentucky to 250 yds total and 1-of-12 on third downs for the afternoon. Thus far, UAB’s defense has held opponents to under 200 yds in the air for every game they have played this season.
“We had a great game plan all week,” said Brontae Harris, UAB redshirt cornerback. “We came in and decided we needed to dominate and that’s what we did.”
By contrast, UAB’s offense rushed for 358 yards with Bryson Lucero throwing for one touchdown to Austin Watkins Jr. and one interception by WKU’s Trae Meadows. In the first quarter, Freshman Running-back DeWayne McBride ran for UAB’s longest scoring play this season with a 71-yard rushing touchdown. McBride set a career-high in rushing yards, completing his first career game with over 100 rushing yards. Spencer Brown ran for 22 yds and one touchdown score.
Nikia Eason produced UAB special team’s season highlight with a touchdown off his blocked punt scoop-and-score in the third quarter. This is UAB’s first score off a blocked punt since their game against Rice in 2018. The ball was scooped by redshirt wide receiver Ryan Davis, who took it 37 yds for a touchdown.
“I was just at the right place at the right time,” said Davis, “I just picked it up. It’s been a long time since I touched the ball on the field, so I had my sights on the end zone. I really wanted to get in there.”
Tyson Helton—who was on UAB’s coaching squad from 2007-2012—will take his defeated Tops back to Western Kentucky in preparation for their game against Chattanooga on October 24. Bill Clark and the winning Blazers grind away here in Birmingham for the final game of their triple home game stand against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns.