- 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
- Enjoy Christmas at the Alys Dec. 2, “The Season’s First Jingle”
- Engineering’s Ning wins ASTM International award
- Collat School of Business unveils sign at celebration
- Heudebert elected master by American College of Physicians
- Anti-aging strategies can improve more than looks
- On campus ‘blackout’ taken in stride
Viewpoint: Hope disappeared in the fourth quarter, again
For Blazer fans, this is a familiar story: UAB played hard and gave fans hope.
Hope of winning the game, hope of being a good team, hope of slipping out of obscurity, and for the first three quarters of the UAB Troy game, that hope was still alive, but the fourth quarter had yet to come, and the Green and Gold faithful were left with something it has grown accustomed to: the taste of disappointment.
Going into the fourth quarter the Birmingham squad had a 14 point lead.
It is almost as if UAB tried to give the game away.
Several times Austin Brown threw the ball directly into Trojan hands yet he escaped the game without an interception.
After the tying touchdown, WR Jamarcus Nelson fumbled the kickoff. He didn’t turn the ball over but did add to the disastrous ending.
The special teams, which feature two of UAB’s best players, had an epic collapse: Two missed field goals by the most talented kicker to step foot on campus, a botched snap on a punt, a botched snap on a field goal and an unsuccessful on-side kick that left fans wondering what happened.
Garrick McGee’s squad accumulated 13 penalties for 96 yards.
The overtime period was about as bad as it gets for the Blazers, three unsuccessful offensive plays, one of them almost an interception and then a terrible attempt at a field goal that left the Blazers with no points on the opening OT possession. No score left Troy an easy road to victory, as they walked the ball up ten yards, centered the ball up in the middle of the field and kicked a chip shot to take four straight over UAB.
I did not attend the game but I did watch on ESPN 3. Watching it with a group of non-blazer fans and after they took and held the lead everyone kept saying, “don’t worry UAB will find a way to lose.”
That is exactly what happened.
Afterward, Garrick McGee said on a radio interview with David Crane that although we lost, many positives were taken out of the game and that it was a visibly different UAB team. Both Crane and Steve Irvine agreed. But having been a Blazer fan since the start of the football program, I have seen this many times before, getting close, yet finding ways to lose a game or losing very winnable games.
The non-conference schedule is now looking more and more like we will head into conference play with one win, exactly like the season before. So is this a new UAB team?
The offense and defense both looked better for the first three quarters, but as even McGee acknowledged, it is the fourth quarter that ultimately decides a game.
I want nothing more than a winning football team, the support that comes along with a winning program and maybe even a new stadium to go along with all of that. But from my perspective, this is the same UAB I have seen plenty of times before.
Now, I am just sitting here hoping for a .500 season and not winning C-USA, which is as bad as it has ever been and not hoping for a bowl game appearance.
I am hoping we are average.
The Blazers now travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take on No. 12 LSU next Saturday, where the Blazers will most likely start the season 0-2 (again). Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPNU tune in and watch, there is always hope.