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Too many mistakes keep the Blazers from victory
In front of a crowd of over 105,000 UAB was six points down with just over 10 minutes left in the game. After scoring on their previous drive and holding OSU to a three and out the Blazers had all the moment and temporarily silenced the stunned crowd. Under the control of freshman quarterback Austin Brown, the Green and Gold drove the ball to the 29 yard line before the drive stalled.
Ty Long was faced with a 47 yard kick on a gusty day in the heart of Ohio. The kicked missed wide left and with the hope of claiming a victory seemed to diminish. Ohio would subsequently drive the ball on the next possession and claim the final score of the game on a 1 yard scamper to bring the score to bring the score to its final, 29-15.
“It’s very frustrating. I expect a lot from our offense. We got to break tackle to get the ball in the end zone we got to make some throws and catches to get it in. We’re moving the ball but we’re not scoring touchdowns. We really got to evaluate that to figure out what the deal it is. So next week in our first conference game not only can we move the ball up the field but punch it in.” first year head coach Garrick McGee said about the red zone troubles.
UAB hasn’t gotten the ball into the end zone since the season opener despite having no problems moving the ball on offense; the Blazers outgained the Buckeyes 403-347. For the third straight game UAB won the time of possession battle, converted well on third down, made big special teams plays, and had few turnovers but once again did not come out with the victory.
Despite missing the on his final attempt the sophomore kicker Ty Long had a good day setting the record for the longest field goal for a UAB Blazer and 3 longest in Ohio Stadium history with a 54 yard that split the pipes on his way to going 3 for 4 on the day.
Austin Brown also saw significant action for the first time this season. The redshirt freshman threw for 196 yards on 21 of 35 passing. The Blazers worked the flats, with constant screens and bubble passes that help keep the Ohio pass rush at bay as UAB only gave up 1 sack on the day.
Junior Calvin Jones said, “It only takes four plays to determine the game so we didn’t come down with the victory but we think we did pretty well. We are ready for the next game.”
Next week UAB will open its conference season against an explosive Tulsa squad, and after three tough losses, two against top 25 opponents, Garrick McGee will look to get his first win as a head coach.