Adversity was the main foe for the UAB soccer team, separated from a perfect season by a total of 27 points in their five losses but unable to match a determined unit that played for their lives after the season.
The Blazers conceded 21 straight points in the second quarter but managed a second-half shutout for a 41-21 win over North Texas on Senior Day, Saturday, November 12, at Protective Stadium in Birmingham.
UAB improves to 5-5 overall, 5-1 at home and remains on the road in bowl contention with two games remaining.
Dylan Hopkins made his first start since the game in Western Kentucky, finishing the game on 15 of 23 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown. Jermaine Brown Jr. led the fast offense with 24 attempts for 150 yards, both career highs, and a score.
DeWayne McBride secured his 10th straight 100-yard rushing game, surpassing the century mark in every game this season (9) with 120 yards on 21 carries, and his 3 rushing records put the junior in first place in sizzling touchdowns in the history of the program in one season.
Trea Shropshire led the reception effort, throwing in 5 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown, and Fred Farrier II had 3 receptions for 48 yards. Samario Rudolph added 3 catches for 32 yards.
Senior linebacker Noah Wilder had 6 tackles (1 for loss) to move up to third on UAB’s all-time tackle list with 327 career tackles. Tyler Taylor led the team with 9 tackles and Devodric Bynum finished the game with 8 tackles (2 for losses), 2 pass breakups and a stripsack.
Defensively, UAB held the mean green for a total of 264 offensive yards, 159 passing and 105 rushing, an average of 4.3 yards per game and 7-of-15 third-down conversions and 1-of-3 fourth-down conversions. conversions.
The Blazers’ dominant first quarter breaks up in the second frame
The Blazers dominated the first eight 10:30 minutes of the opening frame, sprinting 14-0 forward after consecutive touchdowns from McBride. UAB forced a turnover on first possession in North Texas, Devodric Bynum stripped Austin Aune with a stripsack and Kelle Sanders recovered the ball at Mean Green’s 16-yard line, and McBride scored on a 3-yard run six games later. After a missed field goal attempt by North Texas, the Blazers streaked 73 yards in 8 games and capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run from McBride.
The Mean Green responded with 21 straight points before UAB managed to stem the bleeding on a 24-yard field goal from Matt Quinn. North Texas converted three third downs on his third possession of the game, topping a 15-play, 75-yard drive on a 5-yard run from Aune. UAB turned the ball down on the ensuing drive at 34 and Aune connected with a wide-open Damon Ward for an 18-yard touchdown shot to tie the game at 14 early in the second quarter.
UAB was able to advance into Mean Green territory on his next possession and convert consecutive second down plays with a 9-yard pass to Samario Rudolph and a 19-yard pass to Fred Farrier II. However, TJ Jones fumbled after a brief reception and North Texas rallied at their 42-yard line. Aune connected with Jyaire Shorter for a 53-yard gain in the first game of the drive and Isaiah Jonson rushed into the end from a yard three games later to take a 21-14 lead with 6:17 in the first half .