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Old 07-29-2011, 05:14 PM   #105
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BLAZER WEEKLY
"A BLAZER WEEKLY LIBERTY BOWL SPECIAL"

GIVE US LIBERTY, OR GIVE US DEATH
BLAZERS SET TO DO BUSINESS WITH SYRACUSE AT THE LIBERTY BOWL.

MEMPHIS, TENN---
The 16th ranked UAB Blazers(11-1, 8-1 C-USA) arrive in Memphis after winning their secondfirst conference title ever, beating Tulsa 37-22 on Dec. 10 in Tulsa. Receiver Ian Wilson Grabbed two touchdowns while Free safety Nick Williams returned a interception to spark a 21 point fourth quarter for the Blazers.

The Syracuse Orangemen (8-4, 3-4 Big East) finished their season on the down side losing their final three games after starting 7-0.

More about Syracuse

Head Coach: Doug Marron

Team Stars: William Jones #82 is one of the top receivers in College football right now. He ranks 6th in receiving yards with 1,321 and is third with 17 touchdown receptions. Both defensive ends Brian Martin and Kendall Parrish were tied for second in the big east with 7 sacks.

Quarterback Tim Cox also ranks high in the nation with 38 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions his 3,202 yards led the big east in passing. He is a pocket passer that has excellent mobility and the surprising speed once he gets into the open field.

Two Key Matchups

UAB offensive tackles vs. Syracuse outside rush.
Andre Sharpe has only been sacked 12 times this year, meaning he's gotten sacked only once per game. Thats a key stat this week as Syracuse brings in two defensive ends with 7 sacks a piece. Of those twelve sacks LT Melvin Bailey #71 has given up three of them. While RT Terrance Berry #64 has given up 4. They both combine to have given up 7 of the 12 sacks. If UAB's passing attack is to work these young men will have to have a huge blocking day.

Syracuse WR William Jones vs. Marcus Stevens. In the CUSA Championship game, cornerback Marcus Stephens played his best game of the year, helping to contain Tulsa top WR in Flowers to 1 receptions and had numerous pass break ups.. Stephens who locked down Houston's top Receiver Kevin Dodd a All American earlier this year holding him to just one catch will transition from battling against the best WR in Conference USA, to one of the best WR in the country. William Jones is just as fast as Houston's Dodd, but taller and with better hands. Jones. doesn't need a perfectly thrown ball if Cox can just get it in his general area, he will go get it. Jonesknows all the little tricks, the subtle push off, running crisp routes, and finding the soft spot in zones.

{STEPHENS WILL NEED TO BRING HIS A GAME AND COVER SKILLS WHEN HE GOES AGAINST WILLIAM JONES}


What to Look For

UAB has a prime target also, in fact they have four prime targets. With four receivers over 600 yards with one over 1,000 Syracuse needs to come with more than just stopping Ian Wilson, James Moses has come on strong as of late and Rawls has turned into one of the best possession receivers in the game..

UAB has a aggressive defensive style, with Stephens locked on Jones look for Cox to pick on #8 Kevin Evans who has a times been very suspect. I dont see Syracuse running on the nations top ranked defense.

What's on the Line

UAB: Two things; winning the first bowl game in program history and finishing the season ranked. The Blazers earned their first ranking earlier in 2011 after defeating Houston. The nation will be watching as well as recruits, this is a chance to etch themselves as a up and coming program.

Syracuse: Syracuse jumped out the gate with a 7-0 record before going 1-4 down the stretch. This team can solidify its season with a huge win over the nations new Cinderella team. As well as head into next season with a bowl win and fuel to bounce back.

Matchup Preview | December 31, 2011
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(8-4, Away)
#16 UAB Blazers
(11-1, Home)
Offensive Stats Comparison
#82 William Jones 76 catches 1,321 yards 17 td'sTotal YardsIan WIlson 37 catches 1,067 yards 18 Td's
QB Tim Cox 3,202 yrds 38 Td'sPassing YardsQB Andre Sharpe 3,950 yrds 45 Td's
Defensive Stats Comparison
DE Kendall Parrish 59 tackles 7 sacksInterceptionsCB Marcus Stephens 4 int's 21 pbu's
DE Brian Martin 54 tackles 7 sacksSacksDE Jerry Bowser 20.5 sacks
SacksMLB Tom Slaughter 80 tackles 8 sacks 2 def Td's



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Old 07-31-2011, 01:11 AM   #106
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big bowl game coming off, a W would be the best way to kick off your innagural season. best of luck against Syracuse, but I am predicting a win!
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Everything continues to look amazing. Can't wait to see Hughes/Moore pass all over Pitt for a Suger Bowl win.

Good luck in the Liberty Bowl..
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THE CAMPUS GAZETTE
UAB UNIVERSITY NEWSPAPER


BLAZIN' TO VICTORY!!!
SHARPE AND THE UAB BLAZERS CAPTURE THE LIBERTY BOWL FINISH THE YEAR 13-1

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MEMPHIS, TENN---
The combination of Andre Sharpe and the Blazer receivers was almost unstoppable for UAB. And while UAB's steely defense couldn't quite stop Jackson, yards were hard to come by for Syracuse after his gruesome shoulder injury in the fourth quarter.
Returner of the year Brooks set a Liberty Bowl record with a 93 yard kickoff return, Sharpe passed for 282 yards and UAB slowed a strong Syracuse offense down in the second half to grab a 52-35 victory.

"It was a total business trip," said Sharpe, who completed 11 of 19 with 4 touchdown tosses. "We were coming down here to take care of business. The game plan, the way we prepared, it was really good this week."

Sophomore Ian Wilson finished with just 56 yards receiving on 4 catches but set UAB's single-season record with his 20th touchdown reception in front of a estimated crowd of 46,713.
"The coaches put together a good offensive plan," Wilson said. "Sharpe threw the ball on the spot. The line did a good job blocking."
Sharpe found Rawls on TD strikes of 35, 34 yards, and the Blazers led for good at 38-28 after Roderick Brooks flipped across the goal line late in the third quarter with his 98 yard kickoff return.
The victory capped an 8 game win streak to end the season for the surprising Blazers.

"They were ready to play to the end, no matter the situation," Rhatigan said. "We got some tough breaks. That happens. But we rose to the occasion and still did what we needed to do."

For Syracuse, Tailback S. Jackson almost stole the show early keeping 'cuse in the game. He ran for 152 yards on just 9 carries and scored two TDs in the first half he also scored another late in the third to put Syracuse down three. But disaster struck early in the fourth quarter when Jackson took a viscous blow from UAB linebacker Eddie Morgan as he tried to hurdle him. On the play Jackson would Dislocate his shoulder and would have to get carted off the field ending his great day to that point.
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(THIS VISCOUS BLOW TO JACKSON LEFT HIM WITH A DISLOCATED SHOULDER AND OUT FOR THE REST OF THE GAME)

UAB would get 14 straight points in the fourth quarter as Sharpe connected with Rawls and Pryor ran another in, starting a celebration for fans wearing Green and Gold.
"We had our chances," Syracuse receiver William Jones said. "We had the ball enough times to make something happen but Jackson injury hurt us. We didn't capitalize."
Jones, who was looking forward to the big one on one match up with UAB defensive back Marcus Stephens was held to 24 yards on just 4 receptions.
"Sure it was tough to go out like this, I had a great year, hell we had a great year for Syracuse. Hopefully the under classmen can see what we were trying to do and help lead this program to a higher level next year."

The "Dragon squad", as the UAB defense call themselves stepped up in the fourth quarter sacking Syracuse quarterback 5 times in the fourth quarter. They had 9 total all game. All which came in the second half led by All American MLB Tom Slaughters 4 sacks.
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(SLAUGHTER AND RICHARDSON LED THE WAY CONSTANTLY PUTTING COX ON HIS BACK OR ON THE RUN)

"They're a good defense," Cox said. "We had to chip away at them. I had one big one, but not enough."
Rhatigan returned the compliment, saying Syracuse's offense created a lot of challenges for UAB.
"I think he's a fabulous quarterback," Rhatigan said. "He did run through us at times with the read and handing off to Jackson, his injury hurt them. They do a great job of really making you work mentally."

Syracuse's Tim Cox, was 9 of 13 for 145 yards but was on the bad end of 9 hard sacks.
Syracuse coach Doug Marron had indicated after the game that he would have liked to throw more but UAB was getting terrific pressure so they reverted to running more.
Marron was asked if throwing more would have made a difference.
"Who knows? I would have like to get Jones the ball more I mean he did have 17 touchdowns this year," Marron said. "His preparation was very good all week going into this and we new he would be one on one but that meant more pressure was coming. Our passing game wasn't as good as UAB's. That was the difference, but I do wish I we would have thrown a few more times."

The Blazers head into this off season very confident with a 13-1 finish. Syracuse ends the season 8-5 with a four game losing streak.


(DEFENSIVE PLAYERS FOR UAB CELEBRATE AFTER THEIR LIBERTY BOWL WIN)
#8 KEVIN EVANS, #36 EUGENE JACKSON, #5 NICK WILIIAMS

SYRACUSE (8-5) at UAB (13-1)
Dec 31, 20111234F
SYRACUSE1477735
#18 UAB1414101452
Top Performers
SYRACUSE
A. SHARPE 11-19 282 YRDS 4 TD, D. PRYOR 21 CAR 111 YDS 1 TD
M. ROSS 3 REC 75 YDS 2 TD, UAB DEFENSIVE UNIT 9 SACKS
UAB
T. COX 9-13 147 YDS 1 TD, S. JACKSON 9 CAR 152 YDS
T. HOLT 7 TACKLES ONE SACK
Team Stats Comparison

SUUAB
First Downs512
3rd Down Efficiency2-85-8
4th Down Efficiency1-20-0
Total Yards252393
Passing Yards147282
Rushing Yards105111
Penalties-Penalty Yards0-02-15
Turnovers00
Time of Possession9:5714:03



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HOSTED BY: ERIK KUSELIAS

What a wonderful bowl season we had, mixed with blowouts surprises and close wins the 2011 season was definitely one for the ages. Im Eric Kuselias and this is College Gameday Live.
A new national Champion was crowned and certain teams ended their seasons on high notes. We'll recap the BCS scores and a few other Bowl games as well as the season's final top 10 before we leave you until next August and another great season.
Lets start first with BCS National Championship.

SOUTH CAROLINA 31, NOTRE DAME 25

GAMECOCKS GET ER' DONE
GameCocks jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead before holding off a historic Irish comeback to win the BCS Title 31-25 in the Superdome. Jacobs rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

TEXAS A&M 40, FLORIDA STATE 28

DEFENSE SAVES THE DAY
The Orange Bowl saw two interceptions return for scores by the Texas A&M Aggies as that sparked them to a 40-28 win over Florida State. Florida State got down as much as 34 to 10 before getting within 28-34 but a interception return with less than two minutes gave the Aggies some breathing room and the win.

BOISE STATE 35, PITTSBURGH 17

HUGHES GOES OUT ON TOP
Boise States quarterback Hughes finishes a fantastic season and career at Boise State with a huge Sugar Bowl win over Pitt. Hughes threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns making his season total 43 td's and 1 interception. Brewer grabbed 184 of those yards including a perfect deep bomb for 65 yards as Boise won 35-17 putting a stamp on their undefeated season.

OREGON 38, PENN STATE 21

DUCKS RUN WITH ROSES
Heisman winner Mike Jones led Oregon to a convincing 38-21 win over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. Jones threw 262 yards and three touchdowns as well as 70 yards on the ground with another score with his legs. The Ducks racked up 220 yards rushing and proved to have to much speed than Penn State could handle in the win.

ALABAMA 27, OKLAHOMA 25

"Bell"of a year
George Bell powered through three Sooner defenders before racing 77 yards and the go ahead score as Bama squeaked by OU in the Fiesta Bowl 27-25. Bama jumped out to a 20-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter but quarterback C. Butler and the Sooners stormed back to take a 25-20 lead with under three minutes to go in the game. On third and one Bama gave it to their playmaker and he did the rest.

Congrats to the South Carolina Gamecocks for their first ever national championship. Notre Dame had a magical run also that warrants praise. But I tell you what Hughes from Boise State oncethought of to be too small to be a division one quarter has put together one of the best career's a college quarterback can do, we wish him the best on his future. Teams like A&M and Oklahoma will prove to be tough in the coming years. Here are some other scores of note:

In the Capital One Bowl
LSU beat Mich St. 40-34 (OT)
In the Outback Bowl
Auburn Topped Ohio State 36-24
In the Humanitarian Bowl
Nevada Crushed N. Illinois 56-17
In the Alamo Bowl
Utah beat Texas 27-10
In the Sun Bowl
Stanford falls to V-Tech 38-24

The seasons final rankings came out and here are the final top 25 rankings from the 2011 season.
  1. SOUTH CAROLINA 14-0
  2. BOISE STATE 13-0
  3. ALABAMA 13-1
  4. NOTRE DAME 12-1
  5. TEXAS A&M 12-1
  6. OKLAHOMA 12-1
  7. NEVADA 11-2
  8. OREGON 12-2
  9. AUBURN 10-3
  10. UAB 13-1
  11. OHIO STATE 10-3
  12. LSU 10-3
  13. FLORIDA STATE 11-3
  14. SAN DIEGO STATE 11-2
  15. MIAMI 10-3
  16. VIRGINIA TECH 11-3
  17. PENN STATE 11-3
  18. TCU 10-3
  19. STANFORD 9-4
  20. GEORGIA TECH 10-3
  21. IOWA 11-2
  22. HOUSTON 11-2
  23. UTAH 12-1
  24. NORTH CAROLINA 11-2
  25. MICHIGAN STATE 10-4
Thats wraps up a great 2011 season congrats once again to the losers and winners. Our next episode will be news of coaching changes and recruiting, until then we'll see ya.


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BLAZER WEEKLY

"ONE LAST STAND"
SENIORS ANDRE SHARPE AND NICK WILLIAMS SET THE TONE EARLIER IN THE WEEK FOR THE BLAZERS WIN VS SYRACUSE IN THE LIBERTY BOWL
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MEMPHIS, TENN--- As it turns out, the proof is in the pudding ...and the locker room reaction.

The pudding of UAB's Liberty Bowl victory came in the form of a 17-point victory, but it was the mood in that locker room that was perhaps more telling.

When Coach Travis Rhatigan came through the door he asked, "Where's the celebration?" He had to ask because, for the most part, the reaction was relatively subdued.

Now, for the sake of clarity, the Blazers had celebrated on the field and then returned to the dressing area somewhat sporadically as a few lingered in the stadium longer than others. It wasn't the normal post-game gathering.

Still, the lack of whooping and hollering was less than one might expect following a bowl victory, even the first one in the University's history.

The reason for that could likely be traced to Dec. 26. It was on that day that OU arrived to Memphis and held its first practice.

After that workout, as players knelt around him on the practice field, Rhatigan reminded his team of the nature of this trip. "Have fun," he said, "but remember we're here to win a game."

When he concluded, he stepped outside the huddle. It was then that Andre Sharpe stood up. The quarterback told his teammates, multiple times, that, "this is a business trip." Then Nick Williams echoed the comments. The pair went on to add even more stipulations to the curfews and code of behavior that the head coach had outlined moments earlier.

In other words, the two were saying, this ain't no vacation. If you came here for frolic, stay the heck away from those of us who came here to shut up the doubters.

The speeches by Sharpe and Williams were not unprecedented. Others have made similar pleas in previous years, but the moment was still poignant. Very few of these players had experienced a bowl as an UAB player. Not even the staff coached in a bowl game.

Instead of running from history, Sharpe and Williams confronted it, and by their actions said, "enough is enough." In the midst of a team that had little recollection of previous Hawaii Bowl shortcoming, two Senior team leaders took ownership of them anyway, and in turn, raised the level of focus for an entire team.

To me, the locker room reaction was the off-shoot. I like a good post-game celebration as much as the next person, and UAB has had some dandies this season. But what occurred after the game seemed the appropriate punctuation on a no-nonsense week, a period rather than an exclamation point.

FINAL STATS
TOTAL OFFENSE #3
PASS OFFENSE #3
PTS PER GAME #1
TOTAL DEFENSE #8
RUSH DEFENSE #1
PASS DEFENSE #22
TO/DIFF #6
UAB BLAZERS Stats - 2011
PassingC/ATTYDSAVGYDS/GLONGTDINTRAT
Andre Sharpe169-2164,23225.0302.2824916207.0
Wayne Smith5-912024.060.03601145.3
RushingATTYDSAVGLONG20+TDYDS/GFUM
Danny Pryor1718254.84968
1
Matthew Scott1245714.664610
0
ReceivingRECYDSAVGTDLONGDROPSYDS/GYAC
Ian Wilson411,12327.31973480.2336
James Moses401,02525.61078373.2258
Ralph Rawls3594226.9778867.2214
Michael Ross2473930.7682652.7200
Sam Brown1026426.4464229.393
John Parker7699.8120


Brad Williamson439





Matthew Scott438





Danny Pryor47





Vince Jackson310334.3242


George Singleton23






TacklesSacksInterceptions
DefenseSOLOASTTOTSACKTLOSSPDINTTD
Nick Williams73301032.520762
Tom Slaughter58318912.0344
2
Eugene Jackson4420648.0121132
Marcus Stephens301242
52341
Dan McCray2710376.01212
Jerry Bowser26133920.52821
Bill Walker2619455.59311
Nathan Davis2212341.02
1
Kevin Evans211132
1931
DJ Washington208287.0101
1
Kareem Kirby1611275.5101

Mark Parrish141024




Eddie Morgan12921
61

Thomas11718




Brandon Richardson102126.0
1

Rashad Barnes9716




Markell Lowery6410




Adam Chase59149



Marlon Baker44





Jason Mills11






KickoffsPunts
ReturningATTYDSAVGLONGTDRETAVGTD
Roderick Brooks451,23627.4932527.30

Field GoalsExtra Points
KickingFGMFGAPCTLONGXPMXPAPCTPTS
Mark Alston151693467979100
PuntingPUNTSYDSLONGAVGNETBPIN20TB
Mark Alston421,8215443.335.0
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This is very well done! Great job with the season
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