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Old 11-16-2011, 07:17 PM   #313
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Sat November 23rd, 2013

ILLINI FIND A WAY:
FENNER TOSSES 39 YARD TOUCHDOWN
PASS IN FINAL SECONDS TO BEAT BADGERS
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TOP 25 SCORES:
#1 Iowa beats Nebraska 41-6
#2 UAB beats Vanderbilt 56-35
#3 Boise State beats Wyoming 45-7
#4 Oklahoma beats Texas Tech 51-38
#6 Illinois beats #21 Wisconsin 31-27
#7 Alabama beats #20 Auburn 42-28
#8 Oklahoma State beats Baylor 40-10
#9 Maryland beats North Carolina State 24-21
#10 Oregon beats Oregon State 50-24
#11 Utah falls to Arizona State 31-24
#12 TCU falls to Iowa State 35-32
#14 Virginia Tech beats Virginia 45-3
#15 Mississippi State beats Ole Miss 38-36
#16 Georgia falls to #17 Georgia tech 38-21
#18 LSU beats Arkansas 41-15
#19 Ohio State beats #23 Michigan 37-21
#22 Fresno State beats BYU 7-3
#24 Marshall falls to SMU 39-36
#25 Troy beats Western Kentucky 23-14

HEADLINES:
  • #4 Illinois late touchdown clinches Big Ten Championship berth
  • Marshall's loss sets up 3-way tie for C-USA heading into final week
  • Iowa State upset TCU for Big 12 North Crown
  • Huskers no Match for #1 Iowa
  • Alabama wins Iron Bowl behind legs of Powell
  • Rutledge sets school mark in UAB win
  • Central Michigans win makes them Bowl eligible
PrimeTime Performers:
  • SR Marcus Rutledge (UAB) RB - 20 carries, 289 yards 4 touchdowns
  • SR Eric White (ILLINI) DT - 6 tackles 3 sacks forced fumble
  • SR Joel Horton (IA ST) RB - 21 carries 132 yards 4 touchdowns, 3 rec 102 yards
  • SO Nick Bracken ( So Miss) WR - 17 rec 209 yards 3 touchdowns
  • SR John Miller (Ducks) QB 15-21 298 yards 5 touchdowns






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Monday November 25th, 2013

TOP HEADLINES:
  • Conference USA Title comes down to final week
  1. Arkansas State (9-2, 7-1) Needs to beat North Texas and Hope for a Southern Miss win over Marshall
  2. Marshall (8-2, 7-1) Needs to beat Southern Miss on the road to claim the Title.
  3. Southern Miss (9-2, 7-1) Needs to beat Marshall and hope for Arkansas State to lose to win the Title
  • Army/Navy week
  • SEC Championship is set; Battle of the Nations hottest coaches
  • Iowa State Celebrates first trip to big 12 championship, face OU
  • Boston College moves up to #3 in BCS
  • First ever Big East Championship pits Notre Dame vs Troy
BCS TALK:
No. 1 Iowa and No. 2 UAB held firm but Boston College (11-1) moved to No. 3 in the latest BCS poll jumping Boise State and Oklahoma. The top seven teams all have the week off before playing in their conference championship games. Here are the Top 15 BCS standings heading into the final game of the regular season.
  1. Iowa 12-0
  2. UAB 12-0
  3. Boston College 11-1
  4. Boise State 11-1
  5. Illinois 11-1
  6. Oklahoma 10-2
  7. Alabama 11-1
  8. Oklahoma State 10-2
  9. Maryland 11-1
  10. Oregon 9-3
  11. Notre Dame 10-2
  12. Virginia Tech 9-3
  13. Mississippi State 9-3
  14. Georgia Tech 10-2
  15. LSU 9-3
HEISMAN TALK:
With only one regular season week left the Heisman race heats up. Of the five favorites four have final games during conference championship week to state their case. Next week will also have the finalist announced but until then here the more than likely candidates to be announced a finalist.
  • Marcus Clifford (BC) RB - 1,765 yards 18 touchdowns
  • Chris Sims (Terps) RB - 1,313 yards 15 touchdowns
  • Vince Alston (Boise) QB - 3,981 yards 47 TD, 10 INT
  • Jose Ashley (IA) RB - 1,076 yards 15 touchdowns, 1 KR TD
  • Alex Butler (Ok ST) - 3,938 yards 40 TD, 6 INT
TOP GAMES THIS WEEK:
Army (7-4) vs Navy (5-6)
In this game stats mean nothing, It's about honor and representing your nation. Army comes into the game with a better record while statistically Navy out ranks knights. Its Thanksgiving weekend and both Military branches hope to be thankful with a win.


North Texas (3-8, 3-5) at #23 Arkansas State (9-2, 7-1)
This is a big game for Arkansas State who sits tied with both Southern Miss and Marshall a top the c-usa standings. Arkansas lost to Marshall earlier this season 30-7, so they need more than a win they need a Marshall loss later on today to help their case since they beat Southern Miss in overtime last month.





College Gameday Game of the Week


Marshall (8-2, 7-1) at #21 Southern Miss (9-2, 7-1)
This game seems to be a bit bigger for Marshall than Southern Miss. A win for Arkansas State early in the day ends hope of the Golden Eagles winning the conference, so the players will be scoreboard watching.
Both teams bring in top 10 defenses into the game with Marshall having the higher of the two at #6. Marshall leads the conference in takeaways and will help stop conference USA's top quarterback Andre Simmons. Simmons is having a stellar year throwing for 2,540 yards and 25 touchdowns to only 5 interceptions. Jackson, his go to receiver is on the verge of a thousand yard season, Marshall will try to match corner Kevin Taylor on him. Taylor is second in the conference in interceptions with 5 but first in pass break ups with 24. Southern Miss also brings in a stout defense as they are third in the conference in sacks with 27. Defensive tackle Terry looks to add to his six sacks but will have to do so against the mobile Aaron Holt. Holt passing numbers haven't been stellar but his 706 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns make him the ultimate dual threat. The conference is on the line should be a good one.
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Wed, November 27th, 2013
BLAZER WEEKLY

NO LONGER DAVID:
BLAZERS ARE NO LONGER UNDER DOGS
THANKS TO THEIR PERFORMANCES IN BIG GAMES.

(FRESHMEN QUARTERBACK ADAM DYKS HAS HELPED MANAGE THIS UAB TEAM TO SEC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP BIRTH)

BIRMINGHAM, AL - UAB was once considered the easy win. In fact they were cellar dwellers just hoping to get to .500. But since the arrival of head coach Travis Rhatigan the Blazers are slowly awakening and becoming one of the premiere college programs in the NCAA.
"Its starts with us the coaches." said head coach Travis Rhatigan who is conducting sprint drills as the Blazers prepare during the bye week for #7 Alabama.
"When we got here we let the guys know how we want this program to be, a no nonsense hard working program that wants to and knows how to win."
In three season Travis Rhatigan has led the UAB Blazers to a 38-2 record. His teams have dished out 14 All Americans two conference championships and a national title appearance.
More importantly his teams have stepped up huge in big games. His record against the top 25 is 9-2.
"The way our guys work, they look forward to the big games. Thats why you play, to be in those type of games that the nation is watching."

Blazers in Big games:
IN HIS FIRST SEASON RHATIGAN LED THE BLAZERS TO THE SWAMP THEN KNOCKED OFF TOP 25 RANKED MISS STATE AT HOME, HE ENDED THE SEASON BY BEATING TULSA FOR THE CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP
  • AT FLORIDA 41-38
  • MISS ST 34-30
  • C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP 37-22
IN HIS SECOND SEASON HE TOOK UAB INTO JORDAN-HARE STARTING THE NOW FIERCE RIVALRY AGAINST AUBURN, A FEW WEEKS LATER THEY WOULD TRAVEL TO BLACKSBURG WHERE THEY STOLE A HARD FOUGHT WIN OVER THE HOKIES, A LAST SECOND WIN IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP OVER HOUSTON SENT UAB TO THEIR FIRST EVER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • AT AUBURN 28-27
  • AT VIRGINIA TECH 41-27
  • C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP 34-31
  • NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LOSS TO TCU 56-44
THIS SEASON THE BLAZERS OPENED THE SEASON RANKED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY NATIONALLY TELEVISED WINS OVER VTECH AND ARKANSAS PUT UAB IN THE TALKS OF THE GREAT TEAMS, THEN ANOTHER HUGE WIN AT AUBURN AND AGAINST GEORGIA HAS THE UNIVERSITY TALKING CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • VS VTECH 31-21
  • AT ARKANSAS 54-28
  • AT AUBURN 24-17
  • CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP ??
UAB has done their share of work in big games and look to build on to that next week in the SEC Championship game.


RECRUITING TALK:
The Blazers have napped their highest rated recruit in the Travis Rhatigan era as Strong Safety Derrick Harris gave UAB a hard commitment on Monday.

(HARRIS ATTEMPTS A TACKLE IN A GAME EARLIER THIS SEASON)


Harris is rated as the #1 strong safety in the country. The Lake Worth high school star is also rated as the #19 overall prospect in the state of Florida.
"Harris is a kid that can come right in a play, he's strong he's fast and he knows the game." Said head coach Travis Rhatigan. Derrick chose UAB over Florida State, South Florida and South Carolina. "Any time you can go into another state such as Florida, who has traditional powerhouse universities and grab a player of this talent speaks volumes about how kids perceive your school."
The Blazers now up their total to 13 recruits that have committed.





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SATURDAY NOV 30TH, 2013

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
MARSHALL LOSES GAME AND CHANCE TO
BE CONFERENCE CHAMP
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TOP 25 SCORES:
#21 Southern Miss over Marshall 24-14
#22 Arkansas State over North Texas 38-10

HEADLINES:
  • Marshall loses grip on c-usa title opportunity
  • Arkansas State captures c-usa with huge win over North Texas
  • La Tech gets second win after blowing out ULL
  • Army beats Navy for braggin' rights
PRIMETIME PERFORMERS:
  • Matt West (BG) QB 16-28 278 yards 5 total touchdowns
  • J. Jackson (So. Miss) WR 4 receptions 104 yards 1 touchdown
  • J. Ellis (Ark. St) WR 4 receptions 139 yards 2 touchdowns


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Monday, Dec 2nd, 2013

HEADLINES:
  • Iowa State Irate after new rule sends TCU to Big 12 Championship
  • Conference Championships will decide BCS fate
  • #5 Illinois looking forward to rematch with #1 Iowa
  • #2 UAB prepares for war with #7 Bama
  • Does #19 Fresno State have what it takes to knock off Broncos?
  • TCU's overall record gets them to Big 12 Title vs #6 Oklahoma
  • #4 Boston College hoping for different out-come when they face Hokies again
  • Notre Dame looks to avenge loss and win first ever Big East Title when they face Troy
FINAL REGULAR SEASON BCS TOP 15:
  1. IOWA 12-0
  2. UAB 12-0
  3. BOISE STATE 11-1
  4. BOSTON COLLEGE 11-1
  5. ILLINOIS 11-1
  6. OKLAHOMA 10-2
  7. ALABAMA 11-1
  8. OKLAHOMA STATE 10-2
  9. MARYLAND 11-1
  10. OREGON 9-3
  11. VIRGINIA TECH 9-3
  12. NOTRE DAME 10-2
  13. MISSISSIPPI STATE 9-3
  14. GEORGIA TECH 10-2
  15. LSU 9-3
HEISMAN TALK:
The Downtown Athletic Club has announced their five finalist for the Heisman Trophy for 2013, they are as follows:
  • Marcus Clifford Running Back Boston College
  • Chris Sims Running Back Maryland
  • Vince Alston Quarterback Boise State
  • Jose Ashley Running Back Iowa
  • Alex Butler Quarterback Oklahoma State
CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK:


BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP
#12 Notre Dame (10-2) vs #18 Troy (10-2)
In the first meeting Troy won 31-22 at home stunning the Irish. Notre Dame knocked Matt Moore out the game but coughed up the ball three times helping Troy secure the victory. The Irish will once again need to apply pressure and disrupt Matt Moore rhythm. Moore was named Big East player of the year after his 37 touchdown performance and 3,919 yards passing to only 5 interceptions. Troy will need to find a way to stop William Jones in the receiving department, Jones killed Troy in the first game and Pearson will need his go to man to have another big game in this one. The Big East Title is on the line should be a good one.


ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
#4 Boston College (11-1) vs #11 Virginia Tech (9-3)
Virginia Tech flat out embarrassed the Eagles and Heisman finalist Marcus Clifford 23-0 in the first meeting. Clifford, who has rushed for 1,765 yards and 18 touchdowns only carried the ball three times in the first game, expect Boston College to give him more opportunities this time around. Virginia Tech is led offensively by quarterback J. Carroll and running back Mike Morgan the two have combined for 25 rushing touchdowns, the one two punch from the two have really gave opposing defenses problems. Both defenses come into this game with a top ten pass defense, expect some plays to be made on the ground.


MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP:
#19 Fresno State (11-1) vs #3 Boise State (11-1)
Fresno State has been under the radar all season and has quietly produced an 11-1 record with big wins at Florida State and Nevada on their way to a MWC Birth. They've been doing it without their star running back J. Washington for the last four weeks, current starter P. Reese who leads the team with over 700 yards rushing is also probable for this big game. Because of the injuries quarterback J. Wright and a tough defense has led the way. #3 Boise is led by Heisman finalist Vince Alston, receiver P. Adams has set school marks with over 1,500 yards reveiving and 18 touchdowns. If the two get hot, could be a tough day for the Bulldogs.


PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP
USC (7-5) vs #10 Oregon (9-3)
Statistically speaking Oregon blows the Trojans out the water, the Trojans have also lost four of their last five games letting you know how weak the conference is for them to still make it to the Championship game, but throw that all out knowing a trip to the Rose Bowl is on the line. Offensively all the Trojans have is running back Jason Clancy, Clancy has made big time runs for the Trojans this year in clutch situations. Oregon on the other hand looks like a team that should not have three losses.Quarterback John Miller returns the Ducks back to the Conference Championship throwing for over 3,000 yards and 37 touchdowns. The Ducks remember the embarrassment Utah gave them in last years game, expect the Ducks to be ready this time around.


BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
#17 TCU (10-2) vs #6 Oklahoma (10-2)
TCU squeaked into this game after finding out their higher ranking would allow them to play in this game despite losing to Iowa State two weeks ago. Because of that the defending national champs have a lot to prove after finishing the season a mediocre 2-2. TCU is no sloutch on offense has they bring in one of the top backs in the country in B. Wilson who rushed for 1,216 yards and 15 touchdowns. To counter that OU brings in the nations #5 rushing defense. W. King leads the Sooners with 7 sacks and will look to get more when these two teams tangle. TCU has a good defense as well and they'll need to play well as they face B. Johnson. Johnson has been nearly flawless this year and demonstrated what he could do when the Sooners beat the Cowboys a few weeks back, Johnson's 32 touchdowns and 5 interceptions are among the best TD to Int ratios in the country.


SEC CHAMPIONSHIP
#7 ALABAMA (11-1) vs #2 UAB (12-0)
In what we hope to turn into one of the purest rivalries in the land Alabama looks to knock off a talented UAB squad. Alabama was ranked No. 1 for most of the season but tough loss to Mississippi State has the Tide angry. Led by magnificent running back J. Powell the Tide are one of the top rushing offenses in the nation. On the other hand the Blazers bring in the No. 1 rush defense led by a young charismatic group who fly to the ball. This will definitely be a smashmouth fest in this winner take all between top coaches.







College Gameday Game of the Week
#5 Illinois (11-1) vs #1 Iowa (12-0)
Last month these two teams played in a instant classic that saw Iowa escape with a 21-20 victory. Then you knew these two teams would meet up again. Iowa is led by Heisman Finalist Jose Ashley and is all purpose ability, add receiver B. Brooks in the mix and Iowa is a tough team to stop. They also have the #7 ranked defense in the country led by sackmaster D. Ryan. Illinois for the most part handled Iowa's defense as quarterback M. Fenner used his arm and legs, he'll need more from running back B. Dingle and playmaking receiver D. Taylor if they plan to upset the Hawkeys. Game day will be there giving it a added boost of energy, could very well be another instant classic
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Wed December 4th, 2013
BLAZER WEEKLY

BLAZERS READY TO
TAKE ON BAMA

(#26 Anthony McFarland, #52 Timi McCollum, #6 Harvey Nelson celebrate a win at Legion field)

ATLANTA, GA - UAB players have been banging heads with each other for the past week and now its time to hit someone else, says middle linebacker Timi McCollum.
"We're ready to go, the game cant come fast enough for us."
This Saturday UAB will take on #7 Alabama for the conference Championship. In a battle between the nations top coaches as well as players UAB has a chance to head back to the national championship with a win. "Its hard to tell the guys not to think about that, but in reality we're one step from heading back." Head coach Travis Rhatigan said. The teams both arrived in Atlanta today and will have have two practices before Friday's walk through. UAB got news that Freshmen corner Darrell Jones, who tore an abdominal muscles is questionable for this game as well as leading rusher Matthew Scott. Rhatigan has already ruled out Scott with the emergence of Senior Marcus Rutledge. "No need for Scott to do further damage if he's not 100 percent healthy, Rutledge has showed us he can make plays in Scott's absence."
The Story line all week has been is this the changing of the guard. Nick Saban feels his team is still best in the conference, Rhatigan wont anser the question and he's told his players to steer away from those comments and focus on football.
"The guys have worked hard for this, so its up to me to keep them focused on the task at hand."
The game is scheduled for a 8pm kickoff on CBS, It will rival the same kickoff of #1 Iowa and #5 Illinois who plays on ABC.




SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW
#7 ALABAMA (11-1) VS #2 UAB (12-0)

THE COACHES

ALABAMA'S NICK SABAN

  • LAST THREE SEASONS (35-4)
  • 10-3 VS TOP 25
  • 2-0 BOWL RECORD

UAB'S TRAVIS RHATIGAN
  • LAST THREE SEASONS (38-2)
  • 9-2 VS TOP 25
  • 1-1 BOWL RECORD
  • 1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
KEY PLAYERS:


ALABAMA


  • QB Brad Newton (35td 2int 3,507 yards)
  • Jamaal Powell (1,212 yards 10td)
  • Scott Shaw (1,428 yards 12td)
  • LB's Robbie Samuel (54tck) Kyle Williams (48tck)
UAB
  • Marcus Rutledge (735 yards 16td)
  • Ian Wilson (1,353 yards 17td)
  • Timi McCollum (70 tck, 12.5 sacks)
  • DL's Marcus Leak (8.5) Kareem Kirby (7.5) Tom Cox (7.5) Brandon Richardson (6.5)
Alabama offense vs. UAB defense: All year long we've heard how adept UAB LB Timi McCollum is at making adjustments on the field and moving his teammates into position before the snap. Well, if the man's a savant, we'll know for sure after this weekend. No team in college football uses the run to set up the pass more effectively than the Crimson Tide. It's a finesse scheme, but it's executed by a power runner in Jamaal Powell. The key to stopping Alabama's power attack is discipline, a trait that McCollum and his head coach are known for. They have great defensive Tackles in Brandon Rishardson and Marcus Leak if those two can plug holes while the backers read and react UAB could be in good hands but as we said they need to be discipline in the secondary for the play action pass. Scott Shaw leads the SEC in receptions and receiving yards (83, 1,428 12td) because of the patience Alabama has at setting up their playaction.


Alabama Defense vs. UAB offense:
It's safe to say that UAB will try and establish its power ground attack early against the Tide, but Alabama has only allowed 100 or more yards rushing in two games this season. However, one of the few teams that did manage some success against the Alabama front was Mississippi State on Nov. 9th. Like UAB, the Mississippi State Bulldogs have a deep, multi-talented stable of running backs at their disposal. Regardless of how healthy Matthew Scott's Groin is by Saturday afternoon, look for UAB to try and use Rutledge as much as possible then look for reciever Ian Wilson much like Bama's Scott Shaw to get some good looks in the passing game. In fact UAB has a deep receiving core with Wilson, Ralph Rawls and Michael Ross that could be the difference in this game. But linebackers Robbie Samuels and Kyle Williams will be a force the hard hitting duo helps out Alabama's secondary with sound play.


Intangibles:
Though both teams went through rough patches during the season (Alabama: through Miss. St.), and UAB dealing with injuries. It's obvious that UAB has survived more near-death moments than Alabam has during the season, most notably in last week's win over Vanderbilt. If the game is exceedingly tight down the stretch, you would think that Alabama's newly-forged mental toughness (after a loss) would give them an advantage. Bear in mind that UAB is also riding the nation's longest winning streak (12 games) and the pressure to maintain such a mark must be weighing heavy.


Prediction:
Alabama 28 UAB 24


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THE CAMPUS GAZETTE
UAB UNIVERSITY NEWSPAPER


Saturday Dec. 7th, 2013

SEC CHAMPS:
BLAZERS COME FROM BEHIND
TO BEAT NO. 7 ALABAMA 24-21
TO CLAIM THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP

(MARCUS RUTLEDGE CELEBRATES A FOURTH QUARTER TOUCHDOWN PUTTING UAB UP FOR GOOD 24-21)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS__

ATLANTA, GA - UAB appears headed back to the national championship game as Alabama picked the worst possible time to squander a 21-10 second half lead.
"We believed, thats all that mattered." Freshmen quarterback Adam Dyks said. "We struggled out the gate but its not how you start, its how you finish, and we finished!!!!"
Marcus Rutledge rushed for two touchdowns — including the decisive score with just under 5 minutes remaining — to lead the No. 2 Blazers to a 24-21 victory over No. 7 Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game on Saturday.

That should be enough to give UAB a automatic BCS birth for the second time in as many years.
Showing it could win a close game in a season of routs, UAB (13-0) went into the fourth quarter trailing 21-17. But used a 14 play 80 yard drive culminating in a Rutledge one yard touchdown run on 4th and goal.
"That was a huge, and I mean huge drive for us and our confidence." Head coach Travis Rhatigan said of the drive that saw the Blazers complete two fourth downs and a 3rd and 17. "When we started the drive before the end of the third quarter, I told our guys its time to dig in and leave it on the field, our defense has made plays for us and now its time to capitalize."
On the drive quarterback Adam Dyks who struggled mightily during the game started 1 for 15 but went 3-3 for 30 yards including a 20 yard third down completion to receiver Michael Ross that put UAB on the ten yard line.
Alabama (11-2) will likely have to settle for a spot in the Sugar Bowl, ruining its hopes of a 8th national championship in school history.
Instead, mark down a spot for UAB, which went to the title during the 2012 season but lost to TCU in the title game.

Whoever it is they play will have to stop Bruising running back Marcus Rutledge, who ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns, he also led his team to consecutive fourth down conversions in the fourth quarter. He ran in a 55-yard touchdown run to get the Blazers on the board after going down 14-0.

(RUTLEDGE POUNDED HIS WAY THROUGH ALABAMA'S DEFENSE CARRYING THE BALL 27 TIMES)

Alabama came into the game with upset on their mind and the early stages of the game had blowout written all over it. Running back Jamaal Powell started strong breaking off a 45 yard touchdown run. Following one of two Adam Dyk interceptions Powell and Bama would take a two score lead when he carried a toss in from six yards out. Powell had over 100 yards on the ground in the first quarter.
"They jumped out on his." explained Middle Linebacker and defensive MVP Timi McCollum. "We had giving up the score and then found ourselves right back on the field after the INT, I finally took our guys to the side and told them its now or never."

(JAMAAL POWELL SCORE'S ONE OF TWO FIRST QUARTER TOUCHDOWNS GIVING BAMA A 14-0 LEAD)

The Blazers would crawl into the half down 14-10 but the momentum was shifting. The Blazers dominated the second quarter as the pressure was finally getting to quarterback Brad Newton sacking him twice in the quarter and constantly flushing him out the pocket, a Brandon Richardson blind side sack knocked Newton out the game with a concussion, on the play he also threw a interception to freshmen cornerback Anthony McFarland.
"Our defense really started turning it up, you could see the guys feeding off the energy from the crowd." said Rhatigan.
The momentum was short lived as Dyks threw his second interception of the game, then backup quarterback D. Smith saw conference leading receiver Scott Shaw streaking behind corner Adam Love and heaved a 45 yard bomb for the score putting Bama up 21-10.

(SEC LEADING RECEIVER HAD A TOUGH MATCH UP DEALING WITH CORNERBACK ADAM LOVE ALL EVENING CATCHING ONLY 3 PASSES, BUT THIS 45 YARD TOUCHDOWN CATCH PUT BAMA UP 21-10)
"I honestly thought we had them there." Bama coach Nick Saban mentioned. "But I was also seeing our defense kinda where out from their running attack."

The Blazers would answer the score with a two yard touchdown run from Roderick Brooks after Rutledge and the Blazer offense lined up with two fullbacks and two tight ends and played power football at Alabama's top rated defense. A Timi McCollum interception gave the Blazers the ball back at their 20 yard line would set up the Blazers 14 play drive for the go ahead score.
In the first quarter it was the Jamaal Powell show rushing seven times for 106 yards. In the second half he ran the football 13 times for -3 yards as the no. 1 ranked rush defense swarmed and stalked his every move. With no running game Alabama was forced to throw the ball, with less than three minutes to go and down a field goal the Tide sealed their fate when Smith got picked off by corner Adam Love who immediately fell to the ground. The Blazers would grab two first downs and run out the clock to preserve the win.
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(*LEFT* THE BLAZER DEFENSE LED BY MCCOLLUM AND COMPANY STUFFED POWELL, HOLDING HIM TO -3 YARDS ON HIS LAST 13 CARRIES. *RIGHT* ADAM LOVE REDEEMS THE TOUCHDOWN PASS HE GAVE UP BY SEALING THE GAME WITH THIS FOURTH QUARTER INTERCEPTION.)


SEC CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES:
  • Alabama QB Brad Newton threw only two interceptions all season, he threw two in tonights game
  • UAB held Alabama to just 88 yards of total offense in the second half.
  • UAB QB Adam Dyks started the game 1-15, finished 7-8
  • Alabama was up 14-0 and 21-10
  • UAB Senior WR Ian Wilson was held to just one catch for 15 yards, the least amount he's had in a game during his career
  • Alabama WR Scott Shaw had 102 yards receiving, he has now had at least 100 yards receiving in every game this season (13)
  • UAB MLB Timi McCollum has recorded a sack and interception in in the last three games, his 13.5 sacks leads the NCAA
BOX SCORE
Alabama Crimson Tide at UAB Blazers
Dec 7, 20131ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#7 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-2)1407021
#2 UAB Blazers (13-0)737724
Team Stats Comparison

ALAUAB
Total Offense285305
Rushing Yards87164
Passing Yards198141
First Downs1014
Punt Return Yards127
Kick Return Yards125129
Total Yards422441
Turnovers32
3rd Down Converstion5-114-10
4th Down Conversion0-12-2
2-Point Conversion0-00-0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals2-1-04-2-1
Penalties3-202-15
Posession Time12:2815:32


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Old 11-19-2011, 06:35 AM   #320
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Re: "Dragon Breath" A UAB Dynasty (NCAA12)

Congrats on the big win, must have been tough to mount the late comeback against such a high powered opponent. Especially good job limiting their powerful running game in the second half.

Here's to an even bigger week in the coming weeks.
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