Review of UAB’s 28-21 victory at Tulane

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It was a blazing Big Easy start for the UAB football team and they had to delay a late rally to complete a grueling four-game road trip to open the 2021 season.

The Blazers took a three-goal lead early on, but held on for a 28-21 victory over Tulane on Saturday, September 25, at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans.

Dylan Hopkins entered Game 6 of his career, completing 18 of 26 passes for 240 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. It was Hopkins’ second game in a row with three assists and his career-best passing yardage record.

Gerrit Prince had 63 yards and two touchdowns in five receptions, giving the senior tight end four multi-goal games in his career. Hayden Pittman had two catches for 18 yards, extending his consecutive catch streak to 29 games. Trea Shropshire received a touchdown from 65 yards.

DeWayne McBride led the rushing attack with 120 yards on 22 rushing carries and Jermaine Brown Jr. added 54 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

Defensively, the Blazers allowed Tulane to gain 395 total yards on offense, an 8 of 18 performance on third down conversions and forced four turnovers.

Here’s how it all went:

First shift

UAB 7, Tulane 0

The Blazers forced their will on both possessions in the first quarter, but a turnaround at the goal line prevented UAB from extending their lead to two goals. UAB edged the green wave in attack, 90-30, and dominated possession time.

UAB received the opening kickoff and traveled 75 yards in 15 plays, draining 6:57 off the clock, and took the game’s first lead on a 6-yard pass from Hopkins to Prince. Possession featured a great run from Brown and McBride and Pittman hit a 5-yard pass for UAB’s first down to extend his consecutive receiving streak to 29 games.

The Green Wave appeared to convert his third initial down of the game, but Starling Thomas V pulled the ball out from a Tulane receiver and recovered the ball at Tulane’s 42-yard line. UAB was helped by a kicker penalty on a punt, but McBride missed five games later at the goal line with Tulane recovering at the 1-yard line.

Key play: A 13-yard catch by Prince on 3 and 12 that gave UAB a first down on Tulane’s 36-yard line.

Key player: Prince. The tight senior had three catches for 26 yards and the only score in the first inning.

Second quarter

UAB 21, Tulane 14

UAB forced the green wave into a punt situation to open the second frame and wasted no time on the possession that followed as Hopkins connected with a Shropshire sprint for a 65 touchdown pass yards on the first play of practice. The Blazers forced a three-and-out in Tulane’s next practice and extended the lead to three scores in their next practice, another grueling walk that covered 75 yards in 10 plays while declining to 5:18. of the clock. Prince capped practice with his second score of the game, a wide open 2-yard reception in the corner of the end zone.

Tulane eventually had to break through the scoring column, closing an 8-game, 75-yard practice with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Michael Pratt to Will Wallace. The Blazers quickly reached Mean Green territory in their next practice, but a 38-yard field goal attempt from Matt Quinn sailed left.

After the failed field goal, Tulane quickly traveled to UAB territory and managed to narrow the gap to a single score with six seconds left in the first half. A pass interference call on UAB pushed the Mean Green into midfield and Duece Watts finished the run with a 13-yard touchdown.

Key play: Shropshire’s 65-yard touchdown that saw the junior wide receiver sprinting across the pitch, passing

Key player: Hopkins. Le hasn’t given up since leaving the bench last week, ending the first half with nearly 200 yards in the air and three pass touchdowns.

Third quarter

UAB 28, Tulane 14

The Blazers’ defense returned to form in third frame, collecting a clutch change and forcing two three-and-outs from Tulane’s offense. UAB had the opportunity to add up the lead halfway through the frame, but a Hopkins sack on third down ended the threat.

Tulane was able to penetrate UAB territory on his ensuing possession, but an interception by Starling Thomas V returned possession to the Blazers at the 27-yard line from Mean Green. The Blazers quickly got to work, going 73 yards in eight games, and extended their lead to two possessions on a 9-yard touchdown run from Brown.

The Mean Green returned to UAB territory once more on the next possession, a 44-yard pass from Pratt to Jaetavian Toles covering most of the distance, and finished the quarter facing a fourth down. inside the UAB red zone.

Key game: interception by Thomas de Pratt deep in UAB territory. The Blazers responded with an 8-game, 73-yard scored practice.

Key player: Brown. The junior running back cut through Tulane’s defense in the third quarter and extended the UAB’s lead on a 9-yard touchdown run.

Fourth trimester

UAB 28, Tulane 21

The green wave opened the final frame by returning the ball to the downs and regaining possession of UAB on its 10-yard line. The Blazers were able to get into Tulane territory, but a Hopkins sack on the third down pushed UAB out of field goal reach, resulting in a punt and Tulane began their next practice on their line. 11 meters.

Tulane managed to break into UAB territory once again, but came away empty-handed as Damon Miller managed the second interception of the game for the Blazers. UAB was able to pass a few minutes before stalling in midfield and returning to the green wave.

The Green Wave mustered all his courage and reduced the lead to a score on a 15-yard touchdown between Pratt and Toles. Tulane recovered the side kick that followed, but missed the ball at the UAB 49-yard line, where it was recovered by the Blazers.

Key Play: The salvage escape that ended Tulane’s latest threat.

Key player: the defense of UAB. While this brought Tulane closer to a single possession, the Blazers forced a late-game fumble on the end game for the Green Wave.


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