The Blazers suffered another gut-wrenching defeat at the hands of a Louisiana university, falling in double overtime to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 37-34.
Despite this, UAB’s rushing game was in full unbridled form, with 348 yds off 51 attempts in total from the Blazer running back pen. This is the first 300+ yard rushing game UAB has gained as a team since their 2018 game against UTSA.
Freshman RB DeWayne McBride recorded the single longest rushing touchdown play in school history in the second quarter, rushing 75 yds straight on the first play of the drive. The previous record had stood since 1999 when Percy Coleman scored on a 72-yarder against the University of Louisiana Monroe.
Spencer Brown rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns, his 18th career 100-yard rushing game and 41st & 42nd career touchdowns, stretching his school record for total touchdowns.
On the special team’s side, kicker Matt Quinn put 10 (4 PAT, 2 FG) of the 34 total points on the board for UAB, which included a career-long 45-yard field goal. Punter Kyle Greenwell worked off his punting leg, kicking six times for 264 yds.
The officiating was a topic of much discussion during the game. Entering into the second overtime, a strip fumble off Spencer Brown’s goal line run was ruled a fumble after video replay failed to show evidence to the contrary. Even though video of the play seemed to indicate Brown had cross the goal line.
This led to a stymied drive by the Bulldogs, only needing a field goal to win. LA Tech kicker, Jacob Barnes initially missed the final field goal before a penalty on the UAB defense for roughing the kicker set up the final game winning field goal.
“Hurting for these kids and I hate it that it comes down to some calls,” Bill Clark said in the AL.com recap. “I have to go back and look at them but a lot of big ones there at the end. They fought, we should have won the thing in regulation, give them credit.”
It’s unclear if Clark meant the penalty calls, or his own coaching staffs’ play callings.
UAB limps back from another crushing defeat to prepare for their game against North Texas at home
Edited by Alivia Moore & Ryan Michaels