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Old 10-07-2011, 12:57 AM   #273
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MAN, that was a HUGE statement win over Arkansas. SEC is quickly seeing you guys are for real. Such a great come back, 26 points to win - incredible for this team. You guys are doing work early in the season, let's just hope that the momentum keeps building. You guys still have some tough challenges ahead.
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Wednesday September 25th, 2013

BACK TO WORK
HEAD COACH TRAVIS RHATIGAN PREPPING HIS BLAZERS AS UAB LOOKS FORWARD TO FACING AUBURN THIS SATURDAY



(BLAZERS GET READY FOR A PLAY DURING GOAL LINE PERIOD AT THE END OF TUESDAY'S PRACTICE)
BIRMINGHAM, AL-- The UAB football team held its last full-team practice on Wednesday, making final preparations for Saturday's match up against Auburn at Jordan-Hare. The Blazers practiced for approximately 90 minutes during the afternoon session, working out the final details of their game-plan for the showdown against the Tigers, they'll cut back on walk through. "It was a normal Wednesday for us," UAB head coach Travis Rhatigan said. "I love the intensity however as the guys got after it. We are finalizing our gameplan for Auburn. They like to do some different things and we need to be prepared in all aspects. We still have a light workout (Thursday) morning, so it is important that it goes well."
The Blazers will head to Auburn for the second straight year. The last time the two teams met in the Auburn Hills UAB pulled out a 29-28 victory.
That contest also marked the last time the teams met as a non conference foe.
"There's no question this is a big day and a tremendous opportunity for our program," Rhatigan said. "It's exciting for us to play them there in Auburn. It's good for our players experience big time college football"
Saturday's game will kick off at 11 p.m.. CT at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

(SENIOR RECEIVER IAN WILSON DOING ONE ON ONES WITH TRUE FRESHMEN ANTHONY MCFARLAND)

During the bye week the Blazers have emphasized form tackling and technique of all aspects. Every practice ended with a goal line period and the loser had to run the sprints after practice. One on ones were intense as well as a fight broke out between the receivers and defensive backs.
" This team is so competitive." Senior receiver Ian Wilson said. " Everybody competes and fights to get ahead, I like our chances this weekend."

SEC EAST STANDINGS:
SEC EAST Conference Standings - Updated: Sep 27, 2013
TEAMRECPCTCONFPFPASTRK
#23 GEORGIA4-01.0003-0204924
#14 UAB4-01.0001-0170834
#24 TENNESSEE3-1.7501-01241062
FLORIDA4-1.8002-11631091
SOUTH CAROLINA2-1.6600-11091091
VANDERBILT1-3.2500-0731101
KENTUCKY1-4.2000-11061784


Head coach Travis Rhatigan spoke to the Media after Wednesday practice about this weekends game and being in the SEC EAST.

On the pressure for this weekend:

"If there is pressure on us I welcome it. We are more than capable of handling it. The pressure is there. Coming into this game, this is what you want. We want to be there getting after it. It's exciting coming into this atmosphere. It's exhilarating. It's something you want to feel. Players are usually more anxious this week in practice. There is more intensity, urgency and anticipation for them to get down there. It's good to be 4-0 headed into this game. This is a special game, but it's even more special when both teams are undefeated in the conference. Guys are working really hard to improve. We still are very inexperienced and have a long way to go, but we feel like we're making tremendous progress"


On what he would like to see from the team this week:
There will be more adversity in this game. I want to see them handle the hype through the week, and I want to see them handle the adversity during the game, and usually in football, it's very much like life. You have some adversity and you have some very positive things. I told them all week you've got to be able to deal with the adversity, because you're going to have a it in a game like this, because Auburn is really good. But positive things are going to happen, too, because you're going to make plays, and if you get up by ten points in a game like this, the game is not over. You have to keep playing. And that's what the players have to understand. Deal with adversity and handle success. We have a little saying that anything that happens, really positive or really negative in an early part of the game like this is an imposter, because don't worry about it. It's a long game and don't let a negative play get you down too much and don't feel too good about positives. Just keep playing, have fun, enjoying it. Very few guys get to coach in this game. I've been fortunate to coach on both sides of it. Very few players get to play in this type of game. So it's kind of like the Rose Bowl. It's a really, really special game to play in for everybody. I want them to enjoy this moment. I think it's really special. Somebody said it might rain, so I don't think either team has been used to a wet ball. So we'll have to get a bucket of water to stick the ball in this week if it rains.

On the quarterbacks’ first Auburn game:

the team that protects the ball usually has the best chance to win. You have to make your big plays. A lot of times in this game, kids try too hard or try to make something happen that's not there and it tends up hurting them. I think you just have to play. So we told Adam (Dyks) to just go out there and play, manage the game and if you see something go for it, but dont force anything. They'll be 90 something fans screaming even louder than at Arkansas so he'll have to stay poised.

On how the young players will handle the atmosphere:

I think they will like it. Most of these players know each other, too. That's the fun part of this game. The players have great respect for each other. Lord, they talk during the week and they pick at each other and it's just that way. Don't forget we were there last year so we know what to expect. The difference is its a noght game so the sounds the goose bumbs the pageantry will be magnified 1000 times.

On the walk through the tunnel at Jordan-Hare after the Eagle flies over:
The walk down the tunnel is really unique. People talk about it for years that have coached and played at this stadium. As you get to the tunnel you hear the roar of the fans bouncing off the inside walls, almost feels like a mini earthquake. Then they tell you its time, will be a great experience to run out to those boos for the players.


On the Auburn Tigers:
[ RB Eddie White]’s really good. He's a tough guy. He's making a lot of yards, protecting the football. He's gaining 95 yards a game, nearly a hundred yards a game and they are throwing the ball so well. [WR Jason] Rhodes is just unbelievable his 6'3 frame and athletic ability makes him a threat. You have to force some turnovers and you have to handle the uptempo offense. It'll be a good challenge for the young guys against this team, upfront there averaging about 6'4 290 on the line so we'll need twist and stunt to get through those guys and pressure the quarterback.
Defensive tackle Jordan Jones plugs the middle so perfect, we'll need to always get a chip on him when we run the ball, I told Adam to always be aware of middle linebacker Mike Johnson. We feel we have some match ups in the secondary that we can exploit so with time and smarts we feel we have an advantage.

INTO THE JUNGLE
8PM KICKOFF
TELEVISED ON CBS
Matchup Preview | September 28, 2013
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#14 UAB Blazers
(4-0, Away)

#10 Auburn Tigers
(2-1, Home)
Injury Report
CB Darrell Jones
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UAB-
The Blazers come into this newly started Rivalry with a 4-0 record despite the youthfulness of the team. Wins over Virginia Tech and Arkansas have the Blazers at a high level of confidence. Freshmen quarterback surprisingly has led the Blazers on this run. His 1,294 yards and 12 touchdown passes are good for #2 in the SEC. With targets such as Ian Wilson (#2 SEC rec yards) Matt Ford (#3 SEC rec yards) and Ralph Rawls (#5 rec yards) Dyks doesn't have to worry about forcing the issue. Defensively this defensive line has led the the SEC's third ranked defense, in the past three games at least one lineman has grabbed two sacks for the Blazers.
AUBURN- Auburn is coming off a tough road loss to Boise State last weekend 28-21. The Tigers led 21-14 midway through the fourth before collapsing. Auburn will need quarterback Kenneth Fredrick to step it up big time if he the Tigers expect to win. Running back Eddie White is the man that makes this offense go as well he could have a big day. Defensively Defensive tackle Jordan Jones needs a big game, if he can control the line Auburn can control this game.
MATCH UP- UAB has weapons all across the board but the key will be running back Matthew Scott, when Scott is running well Dyks is playing well, it takes the pressure off of him. Auburn will need to make Adam Dyks beat them with their arm. UAB has had trouble with good running back as of late despite their #3 ranking against the run. Its Key for Auburn to get Eddie White going with runs early.


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THE CAMPUS GAZETTE
UAB UNIVERSITY NEWSPAPER


Saturday September 28th, 2013

TOUGH LOVE
UAB'S DEFENSE FORCED FIVE TURNOVERS
AS THEY SURVIVED THE AUBURN TIGERS IN A DEFENSIVE BATTLE 24-17

(BLAZER RECEIVERS #15 IAN WILSON AND #83 MATT FORD CELEBRATE WITH #9 MICHAEL ROSS AFTER HE SCORED THE GO AHEAD TOUCHDOWN TO GIVE THE BLAZERS THE LEAD LATE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER)

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AUBURN, ALABAMA --
One of the finest defensive backs in college football helped the 14th-ranked UAB football team take the lead and then finish the Tigers off with two huge fourth quarter interceptions as the Blazers (5-0, 2-0) beat the Auburn Tigers (2-2, 1-1) Saturday night in Auburn.
Adam Love picked off a Kenneth Frederick pass mid way through the fourth quarter that set up the go ahead touchdown by Michael Ross to put UAB up 24-17. Auburn would get inside the red zone with a minute left in the game and Love then grabbed his second and game clinching interception in the end zone to secure the win.

The game didnt start out that well for the Blazers however. On the Games first play Freshmen Quarterback Adam Dyks was leveled by Auburn defensive tackle Jordan Jones for the sack. On the play, Dyks injured his left shoulder and was initially ruled out for the rest of the game. Back up Marques Wright came in and threw a interception right away that led to a Auburn touchdown pass from Frederick to Lewis. Wright would finish just 3 of 11 for 45 yards. His woes didnt end there however as the ensuing drive saw him running for a first down when he was stripped by a Auburn defender losing the ball and then recovered by Auburn. The Tigers would go on to kick a field goal and in the blink of an eye was up 10-0. Wright then threw his second interception at the beginning of the second quarter and panic started to settle in.
" I immediately went to Adam (Dyks) and asked him if he could find a way to play." Head coach Travis Rhatigan said. " Wright was clearly out of it and rattled, we needed a spark."

(A SACK, A INTERCEPTION AND A QUICK TOUCHDOWN HAD THE BLAZERS DOWN 10-0 EARLY IN THE GAME)

The Blazers would then lean heavily on their defense and the legs of Matthew Scott who carried the ball 27 times for 175 yards. Running Scott seemed to slowly wear down the Auburn defense who was feeding off the Announced crowd of 92,377. A pivotal moment came with under two left in the second quarter, Auburn punt returner J. Hill was stripped of the ball and the Blazers recovered after a few plays Adam Miller kicked a 46 yard field goal and the Blazers went into the half down 10-3
" That was huge, instead of going into the half down 10 or even 13 or 17, we stole three points and and now was a score away from being tied." Head Coach Travis Rhatigan. " I told the guys at halftime to believe, were right were we want to be."

(THIS FORCED FUMBLE HELPED UAB GET ON THE BOARD BEFORE HALFTIME SETTING UP A 46 YARD FG)

The second started with UAB playing dominating defense. Kicking to Auburn to start the half, defensive Linemen Tom Cox grabbed his second sack of the season sacking Frederick, the next play saw cornerback Harvey Nelson picking off his second pass of the game giving the Blazers life. Adam Dyks was huge in the second half for the Blazers as he battle through a separated shoulder, threw a 30 yard touchdown pass to receiver Matt Ford to tie the game, after a promising drive for Auburn was halted with a Timi McCollum sack on Frederick, Dyks then hit the teams leading receiver Ian Wilson for a 32 yard score and the Blazers went up 17-10 with 42 seconds left to play in the fourth quarter.
" My offensive line gets all the credit for our success in the second half." A limber Dyks said after the game. " They made sure I didnt get touch the rest of the game, and they blocked that great defensive frint well from Auburn opening holes for Scott."
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(FRESHMEN CORNER HARVEY NELSON'S SECOND INTERCEPTION SPARKED A 14-0 RUN FOR THE BLAZERS THAT STARTED WITH A DYKS TO FORD 30 YARD TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION)

The Blazer defense had Auburn in a strangle hold playing a bend but dont break style of defense As they kept everything in front of them but running back Eddie White finally got a opening a raced 76 yards down the sideline for the score tying the game at 17 heading into the fourth quarter.
"That was a big time run." Middle linebacker Timi McCollum said. McCollum had 6 tackles and 2 sacks on the day. "We for the most part had him every time he touched the ball, he just made a great play and showed why he's a dangerous back."

With the game winding down Auburn forced UAB to punt with less than four minutes to go in the fourth. UAB did a good job of sustaining long time consuming drives but didnt always answer with scores. As Auburn neared mid field quarterback Kenneth Frederick tried to take a shot for the score but corner Adam Love picked him off. It was Frederick's third interception thrown, Frederick ended the day going 6 for 16 and 130 yards but threw 4 interceptions. UAB would then lead the games most defining drive that ended with a Dyks to Ross 19 yard touchdown pass. The key play on the drive came on a 3rd and 3 when Matthew Scott burst free right up the middle for a 35 yard run putting UAB in scoring position. The run seemingly depleted the hopes for Auburns defense. Dyks finished the game 12 of 24 for 201 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Auburn would then seal its fate as Frederick threw his fourth interception when Love picked him off in the end zone.
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(LOVE'S FIRST INTERCEPTION SET UP THE GO AHEAD SCORE BY MIACHEAL ROSS (RIGHT), THIS INTERCEPTION PICTURED (LEFT) CLINCHED THE WIN FOR THE BLAZERS)

Ian Wilson led the receiving attack for UAB with 99 yards on 5 receptions, Michal Ross had 65 yards and Matt Ford had 52 yards.McCollum and safeties Rhodes and Holycross led the defense with 6 tackles a piece.
For Auburn Eddie White racked up 135 yards on 19 carries that includes a 76 yard touchdown run. Receiver T. Haumiller hauled in 3 catches for 111 yards. Middle linebacker T. Jones led the Tigers with 11 tackles.

UAB returns to action on Saturday, Oct 5th, when the Blazers play host to Texas A&M at 8 p.m. CT on CBS.

BOX SCORE:

UAB Blazers at Auburn Tigers
Sep 28, 20131ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#14 UAB Blazers (5-0)0314724
#10 Auburn Tigers (2-2)737017
Team Stats Comparison

UABAUB
Total Offense419236
Rushing Yards173106
Passing Yards246130
First Downs196
Punt Return Yards229
Kick Return Yards78136
Total Yards419236
Turnovers35
3rd Down Converstion7-131-9
4th Down Conversion0-00-1
2-Point Conversion

Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals2-1-03-1-1
Penalties1-53-15
Posession Time18:1510:46
UAB Blazers
Auburn Tigers


TOP PLAYERS:
UAB
QB Adam Dyks 12-24 201 yards, 3 touchdowns 1 interception
RB Mathew Scott 27 carries 175 yards
MLB Timi McCollum 6 tackles 2 sacks

AUBURN
RB E. White 19 carries 135 yards 1 touchdown
WR R. Haumiller 3 receptions 111 yards
MLB T. Jones 11 tackles 1 interception

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Monday September 30th, 2013

BRUTE STRENGTH:
BADGERS JUMP TO #1 AFTER 34-7
WIN OVER MICHIGAN
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(BACK RUNNING BACK P. GARRETT RUSHED FOR 223 YARDS)

TOP 25 SCORES:
#1 TCU OVER SMU 34-27
#2 ALABAMA OVER S. CAROLINA 44-21
#3 WISCONSIN OVER #11 MICHIGAN 34-7
#4 BAYLOR OVER RICE 37-0
#5 LSU OVER KENTUCKY 35-0
#6 IOWA OVER #23 GEORGIA 35-32
#7 GEORGIA TECH OVER CLEMSON 24-9
#8 PENN STATE OVER INDIANA 31-28
#9 MIAMI OVER SYRACUSE 44-21
#10 AUBURN LOST #14 UAB 24-17
#15 ARKANSAS LOST #20 TEXAS A&M
#16 OREGON BEAT COLORADO 49-17
#17 BOISE STATE BEAT NORTH CAROLINA STATE 38-34
#18 VIRGINIA TECH LOST MARYLAND 32-27
#21 OKLAHOMA STATE BEAT PITTSBURGH 47-14
#22 FRESNO STATE LOST UNLV 34-19
#24 TENNESSEE LOST OLE MISS 35-10
#25 BOSTON COLLEGE BEAT VIRGINIA 41-7

NOTABLE SCORES:
USC BEAT ARIZONA 31-21
MARSHALL BEAT NORTH TEXAS 31-17
MICHIGAN STATE BEAT NOTRE DAME 37-20
ILLINOIS BEAT NORTHWESTERN 42-15
STANFORD BEAT TULSA 34-7

HEADLINES:
  • Wisconsin new AP #1: Can they be beat?
  • UAB gets late score; upset Auburn
  • Baylor ready to take next step, Face #3 TCU this weekend
  • Shaw and Bama route Gamecocks
  • Maryland's QB Murphy: "We're better than ya'll think" Maryland in top 25 after 5-0 start
  • BC's Clifford runs wild on UVA; BC 5-0 after win
  • Canes slowly improving
  • Iowa wins showdown with Georgia 35-32
  • Illini look to take driver seat against Penn State this weekend
TOP 25:
NCAA Football Rankings - AP Top 25 - Updated: Sep 30, 2013
RKLWTEAM (VOTES)WLPOINTS
13WISCONSIN501505
22ALABAMA401492
31TCU501421
44BAYLOR401311
56IOWA501278
67GEORGIA TECH501118
75LSU411058
89MIAMI401004
914UAB50992
108PENN STATE31910
1113DUKE40864
1212NEVADA31721
1316OREGON32561
1411MICHIGAN31549
1517BOISE STATE41527
1610AUBURN22525
1720TEXAS A&M31520
1819UTAH31452
1921OKLAHOMA STATE41397
20--ILLINIOS 50369
21--MARYLAND50364
2225BOSTON COLLEGE50361
2315ARKANSAS23277
2418VIRGINIA TECH22234
2523GEORGIA41223


Others receiving votes:
USC, NEBRASKA, SOUTH CAROLINA, OHIO STATE, OKLAHOMA, USF, CAL, STANFORD

dropped out:
Fresno State (#22) Tennessee (#24)

TOP DEFENSIVE STATS:

TACKLES:
  1. D. Rhodes (UAB) 26
  2. W. Smith (WMU) 21
  3. T. Cox (RU) 21
  4. T. Ryan (UK) 21
  5. T. McCollum (UAB) 21
SACKS:
  1. T. McCollum (UAB) 7.5
  2. J. Franklin (STAN) 6.5
  3. D. White (UNC) 6.0
  4. B. Joseph (KU) 6.0
  5. P. Cobbs (USC) 5.0
INTERCEPTIONS:
  1. M. Stallings (LSU) 5
  2. M. Reese (UNLV) 4
  3. N. Cooley (TENN) 4
  4. T. Roland (RU) 4
  5. B. Cooley (MINN) 4
SURVIVAL SATURDAY IN WEEK 7
NOT TO MANY BIG TIME GAMES THIS WEEKEND, BUT AS WE HIT MID SEASON TEAMS LOOK TO SURVIVE THE MID SEASON HUMP AS THEY MAKE MOVES TO GET IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION. HERE ARE THIS WEEKS TOP GAMES:

#17 TEXAS A&M (3-1) AT #9 UAB (5-0)
The Aggies head to one of the nations toughest venues, Legion field where the Blazers are tough to beat. This match up pits two teams who are playing in their first year in the SEC and so far have made the right adjustments to positioning themselves for a conference title. The Aggies need this win or they could see their chances slip away while UAB is not only playing for conference hopes but a rebirth in the national championship!!

#14 MICHIGAN (3-1) AT INDIANA (4-1)
A embarrassing loss to Wisconsin may have put the Wolverines on the ropes. Considered a trap game now has turned into a legitimate opportunity for Indiana to get ahead in the Big 10 standings. Indiana had a great showing in a 31-28 loss to Penn State last week, a win against Michigan will put them over the top.

#20 ILLINIOS (5-0) AT #10 PENN STATE (3-1)
Its said Illinois has not been challenge so far on the young season. The nations #7 offense led by quarterback Marcus Feener (12td 1int) will just tell you theyre that good. Penn State's near loss to Indiana has the nation thinking that Penn State is not as good as advertised. Athough its the first year without JoePa they still have a good team. Will be one of the better games to watch Saturday.


COLLEGE GAMEDAY GAME OF THE WEEK
#4 BAYLOR (4-0) AT #3 TCU (5-0)
In one of the biggest games thus far in the season Baylor travels to Ft. Worth to take on the Horned Frogs. A relatively easy schedule has Baylor undefeated and confident heading into this showdown. They'll have to be ready however for TCU's tough rushing attack led by tailback Ryan Collins, the big 12 leading rusher stated earlier this week "There still Baylor to me" has added more intrigue to this match up. College gameday will be there.


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Should be a nice game with Baylor facing against an in-state rival in TCU. I'm really liking this setup so far... keep it up!
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Wednesday October 2nd, 2013
BLAZER WEEKLY

BLAZERS IN TOP 10
BLAZERS REACH #9 IN THE LATEST
AP POLL

(UAB'S DEFENSE IS A BIG PART IN THE BLAZERS TOP 10 RANKING)

BIRMINGHAM, AL -- As the Blazers try to get back to the National Championship they got great news, after a huge road win over Auburn last week the Blazers came in this week with #9 ranking.
UAB (5-0, 2-0 SEC), one of just 12 unbeaten teams in America, is off to their straight 5-0 start under Travis Rhatigan.
"For our players and our coaching staff the rankings won't change our mindset, but for our university, our fans and our alumni, there's no question it's important," Head Coach Travis Rhatigan said. "To me, being ranked means we have a lot of opportunity out there in front of us and that's what you want for your program as a head coach."
The Blazers have now been ranked in all three of Rhatigan's seasons at the helm of the program, reaching #2 last season and moving on to the National Championship where they lost to TCU.
Adam Dyks has been spectacular all season for UAB, throwing for 1,495 yards and 15 scores. The Coral Springs, Fl, native ranks 6th in the NCAA through UAB's first five games.
Not to be lost during Saturday's 24-7 win over Auburn was the play of the Blazers Defense. UAB's defenders held Auburn to just 1 of 9 on third downs and forced four interceptions, holding Auburn to under 250 total yards the lowest for them all season. Headlining the defense were defensive backs Harvey Nelson and Adam Love, who had two interceptions a piece.

RECRUITING:

Blazers nabbed their second recruit of the year when Brighton, Alabama native John Rhoden committed to the school

(DEFENSIVE TACKLE JOHN RHODEN FROM PLEASANT GROVE HIGH SCHOOL IN BRIGHTON, ALABAMA)

The Pleasant Grove star chose UAB over Troy and Auburn, whom UAB beat this year. At 6'2 275 Rhoden was ranked as the 4th best interior defensive linemen in the state. Rhoden was also ranked in Alabama's super 50 top football players in the state.
" I wanted to stay close to home, I like what UAB does with their defensive linemen and I hope I can come in and help them out as well as get a good education." Stated Rhoden on Channel 6 news covering the Birmingham area.
UAB also has a big weekend lined up up. Its home coming weekend and the Blazers will welcome 15 recruits on officials visits when they take on Texas A&M

SEC EAST Conference Standings - Updated: Sept 30, 2013
TEAMREC
#9 UAB
5-0
#25 GEORGIA
4-1
FLORIDA4-2
TENNESSEE3-2
SOUTH CAROLINA2-2
VANDERBILT1-3
KENTUCKY1-5


Head Coach Travis Rhaigan spoke to the media about the team and there upcoming game with Texas A&M

All in all I liked what we got accomplished this week at practice. We had a a scrimmage today where we took a couple of Tennessee looks and had about an 80-play go on offense, defense and special teams. It was sharp and kind of the end of the week football wise. I like the attitude and mindset of this team right now especially after that huge win for us last week. They look forward to our game with A&M this week. "The Aggies have lost only one game. They lost at home to Georgia, a very quality team. They have the offense, defense and special teams that appears to be quality and characteristic of a strong, highly ranked team. Offensively, they dont have outstanding stats individually but they average 39 points a game so they can score.

"Defensively, quality athletes. Up front they are very physical. They have a very mobile and quality secondary. They are right behind us in total defense. So we'll have to play smart. Dyks shoulder is fine its a little bruised but he practiced all week for us. Defensively the guys moral is high right now, Im excited for them. Its homecoming for us we but the guys are doing a great job of not getting distracted.


BIG TEST AT HOME
BLAZERS AND AGGIES SET DO TO BATTLE:
CBS will air the game at 8/7 central time
Game played at UAB's Legion Field

Matchup Preview | October 5, 2013
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#17 Texas A&M Aggies
(3-1, Away)

#9 UAB Blazers
(5-0, Home)
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The Blazers are 5-0 and are on a high after upsetting Auburn last week 24-17 on the road. Quarterback Adam Dyks and running back Matthew Scott lead this Blazer offense ranked 4th in the SEC and 11th overall in the country. They face a defense in Texas A&M ranked 4th in the SEC overall and third against the run.
Defensively for the Blazers who ranked 3rd overall in the SEC are led by middle linebacker Timi McCollum and a secondary that has played shut down defense the past few weeks thanks to the pressure of the defensive linemen up front. The Aggies will look to tailback Jordan Dukes to help lead the way offensively, Dukes leads the conference with a 7.0 rush average. Despite quarterback Tony Peterson's miscues the Aggies average 39.7 points per game. Corner Chris Henry will have his hands full guarding one of the four speedsters for UAB. He'll need the front seven to continue to provide pressure if the Aggies want to win this game

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Should be a nice game with Baylor facing against an in-state rival in TCU. I'm really liking this setup so far... keep it up!
Thanks Yorkie, I have that game playing right now while I watch the sunday night game.. Its a good match up so far but Im sure TCU's rush attack will take over as usual im hoping Baylor gets them tho, they shocked the nationa last year and now they have a chance to show they can play with the big dogs!!!
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Re: "Dragon Breath" A UAB Dynasty (NCAA12)


THE CAMPUS GAZETTE
UAB UNIVERSITY NEWSPAPER


Saturday October 5th, 2013

NO. 9 UAB DEFENSE TOO MUCH FOR #17 TEXAS A&M, 45-37

(DEFENSIVE BACK ADAM LOVE GETS THE CROWD EXCITED AFTER A THIRD DOWN PASS BREAK)
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BIRMINGHAM --
No. 19 UAB grabbed nine sacks and held A&M to just eight total yards rushing dominating the Aggies contrary to the score, on Saturday evening at Legion Field.

UAB (6-0, 3-0 SEC) beat its fourth ranked opponent and did it in style. The Blazers became bowl eligible for the 3rd-straight season in front of the third-largest crowd in school history who came for homecoming, (62,022).
The next opponent for the Blazers is a road trip to South Carolina on Oct. 12. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. CT on CBS.

Offensively, the only thing that kept the Blazers out of the endzone was some conservative play calling with a big lead and perhaps a few miss throws by Dyks that led to A&M interceptions.
Defensively, the Blazers were again quick to the ball and difficult to move against, knocking one of the conference best backs out the game as they seemingly swarmed to the ball with gang tackles all evening. A&M needed the full width of the field -- and more -- after two D. Foster field goals in the first half A&M didnt grabbed their first touchdown until the middle of the third quarter.
Defensive backs A. Love and C. Holycross led the way with 11 total tackles. Strong safety D. Rhodes and defensive tackle Macus Leak both recorded two sacks a piece. The Blazers were especially good on thrid downs holding the Aggies to 3 of just 17 and recording six of their nine sacks on third down.
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(BLAZERS SWARMED TO THE BALL ALL EVENING STUFFING THE AGGIES ATTACK)

The play of the specials teams and defense helped the the poor play of Quarterback Adam Dyks who completed just 10-of-27 passes for 254 yards including a 70-yard bomb to Michael Ross on UAB's second possession but he threw three interceptions.
Ross led the Blazers with three catches for 131 yards and the touchdown from Dyks. Ian Wilson added 91 yards on four catches.
Running back Matthew Scott led the Blazers ground attack, the second of his three touchdowns gave the Junior the school's all time touchdown record for a career he carried the ball 18 times for 116 yards.
UAB had 368 yards of total offense.

Texas A&M (3-2, 2-2 SEC), which played without injured running back Jordan Dukes for much of the second half, was one-dimensional offensively and had as much trouble moving the ball in the first half. Starting quarterback Tony Peterson started slow, but had he performed in the first half the way he did in the second A&M might have won this game. He finished 22-of-34 passing for 351 yards and three. He also had a rushing score but was sacked nine times. Dukes rushed the ball 19 times for 70 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter with concussion like symptoms. Robinson led all receivers with 166 yards on eight catches.

(TIMI MCCOLLUM TAUNTS JORDAN DUKES AFTER A BIG TIME HIT TAKING HIM OUT THE GAME)

The green and gold clad Legion field crowd was on its feet and loud, as Robinson and the Aggies gave up five yards on a false start and never recovered against the swarming Blazers defense. On second down defensive end Tim Cox crushed Robinson forcing him to fumble the ball as middle linebacker Timi McCollum recovered before getting tackled on the four yard line.

(JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFER TOM COX FORCES THIS FUMBLE AS TIMI MCCOLLUM LOOKS TO RECOVER)

On UAB's first offensive play, Matthew Scott took the handoff in for the score. A fired up defense hit the field ignited by the homecoming crowd forcing an Aggie three and out. On UAB's first play of their second series Dyks's play-action fake gave Ross one-on-one coverage on the right side of the field as the safety bit. Dyks hit the receiver in stride for a 70-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Just like that UAB was up 14-0
After two D. Foster field goals, his second proceeding a Dyks interception.
Rhatigan and the Blazers elected to stay on the ground for its third scoring drive. Scott picked up 38 yards on five carries before High stepping into the end zone from three yards out. It was the best performance from the defense all season long as they held the Aggies to just 30 total yards in the first half. The half ended with UAB up 24-6.
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(MATTHEW SCOTT'S TWO FIRST HALF TOUCHDOWNS POWERED UAB'S OFFENSE AS HE BECAME THE SCHOOLS CAREER TOUCHDOWN LEADER FOR RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS)

After the homecoming halftime festivities UAB didnt waste time coming out of the locker and hitting Ian Wilson- the teams leading receiver for a 65 yard score. The touchdown catch gave Wilson eight on the year and leads the conference in that category.Texas A&M answered with its most effective drive of the game, a 14-play, 72-yard drive that ended in a 8-yard Peterson to S. Berg pass for a touchdown during the drive Peterson was sacked three times but made huge plays with his arm under pressure. Down 31-13 to start the fourth quarter the next kickoff saw All American kick returner Roderick Brooks break two tackles where he seemed to go down before darting out down the left sideline for the score.

Texas A&M trailed 38-13 before making a monumental comeback as the Blazers put their two's in during the fourth quarter. A Matthew Scott 40 yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter saw UAB extend their lead to 45-21 but a uncharacteristic throw from Dyks was picked off, after a score the Aggies recovered the onside before getting a rushing score from Peterson and in the blink of an eye the Aggies were down 45-37. Not electing to do the onside the Aggies tried to play defense and get the stop but the Blazers put the starters back in the game and closed it out on the legs of Matthew Scott. Scott and the Blazers Milked the last two minutes of the game as he ran for two first downs and finally Dyks kneeled the ball giving the Blazers the win.

BOX SCORE:

Texas A&M Aggies at UAB Blazers
Oct 5, 20131ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#17 Texas A&M Aggies (3-2)0672437
#9 UAB Blazers (6-0)141071445
Team Stats Comparison

TA&MUAB
Total Offense359368
Rushing Yards8114
Passing Yards351254
First Downs119
Punt Return Yards2441
Kick Return Yards231188
Total Yards614597
Turnovers12
3rd Down Converstion3-174-10
4th Down Conversion4-40-0
2-Point Conversion3-30-0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals4-3-13-2-0
Penalties3-252-10
Posession Time16:0711:53
Texas A&M Aggies
UAB Blazers


TOP PLAYERS
UAB
RB M. SCOTT 18 CARRIES 116 YARDS 3 TOUCHDOWNS
WR MICHAEL ROSS 3 RECEPTIONS 131 YARDS 1 TD
CB ADAM LOVE 11 TACKLES (9 SOLO) 5 PASS BREAK UPS

TA&M
QB T. PETERSON 22-34 351 YARDS 3 TOUCHDOWNS
WR B. ROBINSON 8 RECEPTIONS 166 YARDS
LB S. JOHNSON 7 TACKLES (5 SOLO) 1 SACK



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