The UAB Blazers won on the road with a big-play offense and aggressive defense against the Akron Zips. Akron scored two late touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Blazers 31-6 fourth-quarter lead.
Blazers QB, Tyler Johnston passed for 319 yards and four touchdowns. UAB needed the big play offense as the running game continues to develop. The Blazers only gained 84 yards on 34 carries. However, UAB’s young defense showed early signs of last year’s defense. The Blazers only allowed 34 yards on the ground, barely surrendering a little over a yard per rush.
UAB’s aggressive defense helped the Blazers take a 17-6 lead to half time. The Blazers offense scored on two big touchdown passes in the third quarter, which proved to be too much for the Zips to overcome. Tyler Johnston threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Austin Watkins to take a 24-6 lead. Johnston followed that with a 76-yard touchdown pass to freshman sensation, Myron Mitchell, which put the Blazers up 31-6. Akron added two late touchdowns, but it was not enough as UAB took the victory on the road 31-20.
UAB takes next week off before returning home on September 21st to face Sunbelt Conference rival, South Alabama Jaguars. The game will be televised on the NFL Network at 2:30 pm.