Blazers narrowly miss out on their first conference win… again

By on October 23, 2012

UAB drops third straight conference game, fall to 1-6 on the season after losing to ECU, 35-42

The Pirates torched the Blazer defense, going for 600 yards of total offense. Uab once again had the lead in the forth quarter but couldn't pull out the victory. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

The third Saturday in October was not friendly to UAB as they fell to 1-6 with their loss to the Pirates of East Carolina, 42-35.

First year head coach Garrick McGee said in a media luncheon earlier in the week, “Things have to change. There’s going to be a lot of change within our team. There’s going to be change within our coaching staff in the way that we do things. I’ve watched us lose five games the same exact way. We compete in the first half. We get the game in the third quarter with an opportunity to win and we end up collapsing. I’ve seen that happen five times in a row. I’m not interested in doing the same exact things and getting the same exact results. We’re going to do some things much differently than we have.”

The offense moved the ball well through the air, accumulating 319 yards of passing offense, including 4 receptions by Nick Adams for 114 yards, and adding 137 yards on 6 kick returns. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

Well after getting off to a slow start, UAB fell apart by making too many mistakes in the 4th quarter.

Quarterback Austin Brown led the Blazers throwing for 319 yards and three touchdowns while completing 22 of 37 attempts while not committing a single turnover.

“I am impressed with Austin’s development over the past seven days,” said Blazer head coach Garrick McGee.

McGee added that Brown was “under control” and gave the team a chance to win the game.

Though, the offense was not enough to sink the Pirates’ ship, as the Blazer defense forced no turnovers and did not have a defensive stop in the second half.

“In this conference, people are going to score,” said McGee. “As a team we have to search for the pressure moments in a game and we have to perform.”

Lamarcus Farmer making a tackle. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

The Blazer defensive unit yielded 600 yards of offense on a night when they struggled to get off the field.

Senior linebacker Marvin Burdette, said that youth plays a role in the Blazers defensive struggles, citing that at any given time, there can be as many as 9 freshman on the field on defense.
“Our confidence is high,” said Burdette who had 17 tackles on the night.  “We have to continue to become better men and change the culture [here at UAB].”

This is the second straight game in which Burdette had 17 tackles moving him into second place in UAB history with 329 career tackles.

“With their second straight 1-6 start, the Blazers are not ready to pack it in,” says McGee.

“We are not going to have a problem staying motivated, we are focused on getting one day better as people and as football players.  We say we are building the program one day at a time,” McGee said.

UAB was once again tacked on with seven penalties for 75, the Blazers are the most penalized team in the conference and one of the most penalized teams in the nation.

Darrin Reaves breaks tackle against ECU on Saturday. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

Tight End/Full Back Sam Accuriso who added his first touchdown reception of his Blazer career said there is no reason “why we should not win all of them” referring to the final five games of the season.

The Blazers travel next week to New Orleans to face the Tulane Green Wave, kick off is at 2:30 p.m.  The game can heard locally on the radio at 107.7 FM. If UAB doesn’t want a losing season, all games from this point out are must wins in order to get back to .500 and become bowl eligible.

Eric Roberts
Staff Writer

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