©Louisiana at Lafayette Football
The inevitable has come to pass with UAB’s twenty-one straight home game wins snapping at the hands of Louisiana-Lafayette’s Ragin Cajuns 24-20.
The Ragin Cajuns offense, that seemed asleep at the wheel for the prior four quarters, inevitably woke up in the fourth, ending the Blazer’s streak at Legion Field in the final six minutes of the game. No UAB player on the field had ever lost a game in Legion Field.
“We knew this time would come,” Blazer head coach Bill Clark said at a postgame press conference. “We didn’t want it to come now. It felt like we were really in control most of the game. You have to give them credit—they never quit fighting us.”
The one highlight in a night without many from the Cajuns was a 100 yd end zone to end zone kick return touchdown by running back Chris Smith. With the final punt landing deep within the Blazer’s red zone, sealing UAB’s defeat, Louisiana special teams had a career day all combined.
“We covered the kick well all night up until that point.” Clark said. “We were worried about that guy (Smith) all night. We’ve kicked it so well, we decided not to squib it. Hindsight is 20/20 so I wish we would have. We responded back in the second half with a 10-point lead and should have held on to it.”
A genuine war of attrition for the UAB run game in defeat, with Spencer Brown scoring his 39th & 40th career touchdowns on 28 carries for a total of 128 yds on the day left a silver lining for Blazer fans. With his last touchdown, he surpassed Pat Green to become UAB’s all-time leader in total touchdowns.
Louisiana’s running back Trey Ragas was held to 18 yds on 6 carries with no touchdowns. Brown and Ragas are ranked second & fifth respectfully among active career leading rushers in NCAA.
Blazers limp back for a week of thought and training before they go on the road against a rallying Louisiana Tech in Ruston.
Edited by Ryan Michaels