- Grant enables UAB Hospital staff to feed underprivileged moms of newborns
- Military man coming to UAB for first time, graduates Saturday
- UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences to honor distinguished alumni and friends
- ‘Tis the season of giving — UAB launches holiday blood drive
- How a cybersecurity expert protects his smartphone
- ASC presents Take 6, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Dec. 15
- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
UAB falls to Troy in overtime
Over 21,000 fans gathered at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Troy, AL, this past Saturday evening as the Blazers fell to the Trojans 34-31 in overtime.
A large number of UAB fans hit the road for the season opener in hopes of a win, and while the loss was disappointing, many have commented that this season’s team and coach look like they have what it takes to make this a winning season.
UAB Quarterback Austin Brown had a great day, completing 19/29 passing for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns; however, it was Troy’s quarterback Corey Robinson who broke an 18-year-old NCAA record by completing 30/32 passing for 319 yards and a touchdown. At the same time Robinson set a new Sun Belt Conference record for passing yards and completion rate as well as tied a school record that had stood for nearly 45 years by throwing 20 consecutive completions. Robinson’s efforts helped the Trojans rally late in the 4th quarter to battle back from as much as a 14 point deficit, sending the game into overtime.
The Trojans drew first blood scoring within the first 3 minutes of the game in part due to a 52-yard pass Robinson completed to Deon Anthony on the opening drive. However, UAB was quick to respond with a 21-yard pass from Brown to Jamarcus Nelson for a touchdown with 8:49 left in the first quarter.
The Blazers continued to charge, racking up another touchdown and field goal before halftime. At the start of the 3rd quarter it seemed as if UAB had the game well in hand. Nelson scored again on a 97-yard kickoff return to give the Blazers 24-14 lead. Troy continued to chip away at the score, but UAB shifted the momentum back in their favor with another Nelson touchdown in the final minute of the 3rd quarter, bringing the score to 31-17 – UAB.
The Trojans owned the 4th quarter, not only by using the clock to their advantage, but also by exposing several gaps and holes in the Blazer defense while their own defense stepped up. Troy’s Jordan Chunn helped his team inch closer with an 11-yard touchdown run early in the 4th. However, a series of penalties and missed opportunities caused the Blazers to turn the ball over several times – most notably a roughing the passer penalty late in the 4th that gave the Trojans a first and goal with the Ball on 1-yard-line that led to another Troy touchdown and ultimately an overtime loss for UAB.
Nelson collected over 367 total yards, and set a new UAB school record, while running back Darrin Reaves picked up 110 yards on the ground.
Even though the Blazers gave up a tough loss on the road, it is good to know that so many fans are willing to come out to show support for their team. This next week will be a bit of a challenge, the Blazers are set to travel to Baton Rouge, LA, to face the LSU Tigers: Saturday, September 7 @ 6 P.M.