BIRMINGHAM – Playing one of the most highly anticipated games in program history, the UAB football team opens its brand new Protective Stadium on Saturday night against Liberty. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
Both teams enter the marquee non-conference matchup at 3-1 overall. UAB has won two straight, while Liberty is coming off its first loss of the season last Friday night at Syracuse.
Who: UAB (3-1) vs. Liberty (3-1)
Where: Protective Stadium – Birmingham, Ala.
When: Saturday, Oct. 2 – 6 p.m.
Watch: CBS Sports Network
On The Call: Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Corey Chavous (color)
Listen: WJOX 94.5 FM
On The Call: David Crane (play-by-play), Steve Irvine (color), Trey Ragland (sideline)
Series: First Meeting
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
- With this being the first event at Protective Stadium, UAB Athletics has put together a robust website with key informationn fans need to know about gameday. For information on traffic routes, parking, tailgating, maps, student information and more, please visit www.blazergameday.com.
- UAB looks to start a new winning streak at Protective Stadium. Since returning to action in 2017, the Blazers are 21-1 in front of their home fans, but suffered their only loss in the last game played at Legion Field.
- Gerrit Prince is the reigning John Mackey National Tight End of the Week. Prince had six catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns in UAB’s 28-21 victory at Tulane.
- Prince, the redshirt senior is having a tremendous start to his season with 13 catches for 269 yards and five touchdowns. His five touchdowns rank him fifth nationally and first amongst tight ends for most receiving touchdowns.
- Junior quarterback Dylan Hopkins made his first start of the season last week at Tulane and led the Blazers to victory. He set career highs in completions (19), yards (240) and tied his career high for touchdown passes (3).
- For the season (which includes only seeing significant playing time in two games), Hopkins is completing 74 percent of his passes (29-of-39) for 501 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception.
- Defensively, the Blazers are coming off a season high four takeaways at Tulane, and have now had at least one takeaway in three straight games. Overall, UAB has four interceptions and two fumble recoveries this season.
- UAB’s defense will have to contend with Heisman contending quarterback and Auburn transfer Malik Willis. So far this season, Willis is 63-of-88 for 818 yards, 10 touchdown passes and zero interceptions. He is also the team’s leading rusher with 274 yards and an additional four touchdowns.
- The Flames are 5-1 all-time against teams from Conference USA and have won four in a row.
- Fans are encouraged to remain inside Protective Stadium following the game for a postgame fireworks show, presented Super Show Fireworks.
Following UAB’s inaugural game at Protective Stadium, the Blazers remain in Birmingham the following week to host Florida Atlantic on Oct. 9. That matchup features the two teams who have won the last four combined C-USA Championships.
Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets and parking for this weekend by clicking here. Tickets are still available starting at $20, and fans are highly encouraged to pre-purchase to avoid the lines on gameday.