UAB played Western Kentucky in their first conference game this past weekend. The Blazers had more first downs than Western Kentucky, and they had more total yards than Western Kentucky. However, when it comes to outcomes, stats are to be studied not celebrated. Only scores can be celebrated.
The Blazers lead in another important category, but it was a category UAB did not want to lead. The Blazers had four interceptions. Quarterback, Tyler Johnston, struggled with interceptions the first half.
The game started well for UAB when Starling Thomas recovered a Western Kentucky fumble. However, the Blazers were only able to connect on a 31-yard field goal by Nick Vogel. Following the early field goal, The Blazers stopped Western Kentucky and forced a punt. UAB started moving the ball again; however, the drive ended on a Tyler Johnston interception. Following the interception, Western moved to UAB’s three-yard line with a ten-play drive which stalled, but the Hilltoppers kicked a field goal to tie the ballgame, 3-3. UAB continued to move the ball on their next drive with a 15 play drive which culminated with a two-yard touchdown run by Spencer Brown. Western Kentucky came right back with an eight-play drive to score their first touchdown. The Hilltoppers followed that touchdown with a field goal after a UAB interception. The Blazers began another drive, but it abruptly ended with another interception. The first half ended with Western Kentucky leading the Blazers 13-10.
The Blazers began the second half with a nice 11 play drive and tied the game 13-13 after a 38 yard Nick Vogel field goal. The score remained the same after three quarters. However, the Hilltoppers managed an eight-play drive at the beginning of the fourth quarter to take the lead 20-13, and Western Kentucky never relinquished the lead after that. The final score was 20-13.
UAB returns home on October 5th to face the Rice Owls at 6 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN+.