McBride’s Career Day Leads UAB to Victory Over Louisiana Tech, 52-38

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38

Louisiana Tech LAT 2-7 , 1-4

52

UAB UAB 6-3 , 4-1

Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
LAT Louisiana Tech 7 14 0 17 38
UAB UAB 7 17 7 21 52

Game Recap: Football |

BIRMINGHAM – A monster rushing performance from sophomore running back DeWayne McBride helped lead the UAB football team to a 52-38 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday afternoon at Protective Stadium.
 
The Blazers (6-3, 4-1 C-USA) scored 24 unanswered points to turn a 21-7 deficit into a 31-21 advantage behind McBride’s career-high 210 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. McBride’s 210 rushing yards were the seventh most in school history, while his four rushing touchdowns were the second most. He also became the first UAB running back to eclipse 200 rushing yards since former Blazer Spencer Brown rushed for 209 yards at Southern Miss in 2017.
 
Additionally, McBride’s performance moved him into 10th place for both career rushing yards (1,276) and rushing touchdowns (12) at UAB.
 
In total, the Blazers rushed for 296 yards on just 36 carries, averaging 8.2 yards per attempt and scored all seven of their touchdowns on the ground. UAB’s 52 points is its most since the Blazers tallied 52 points in a C-USA victory over UTSA in 2018.
 
UAB’s sixth victory of the season also secured bowl eligibility for the Blazers for the sixth straight season. The Blazers scored 45 of the game’s final 62 points, limiting the Bulldogs to 10 points over the final 44 minutes of the game.
 
Antonio Moultrie led the defense with a career-high tying 10 tackles. UAB had two sack and eight tackles for loss, while also tallying eight pass breakups, five of which came from Starling Thomas V.
 
Facing a 21-7 deficit in the second quarter, UAB pulled off a successful fake punt on fourth down in its own territory to spark the comeback. Punter Kyle Greenwell gathered the snap and followed blockers up the right side for a 16-yard gain.
 
A 23-yard completion from quarterback Dylan Hopkins to wide receiver Trea Shropshire then set up the Blazers in the red zone, which is when McBride rumbled in from 20 yards out for his first rushing touchdown of the game to trim the deficit to 21-14. 
 
UAB’s defense then forced a quick three-and-out, and the Blazers cut into the Bulldogs’ advantage once again when kicker Matt Quinn connected on a 36-yard field goal to make it a 21-17 ballgame.
 
With 59 seconds remaining in the half, LA Tech’s defense forced a UAB punt from the Blazers’ 32-yard line, but a muffed punt from Bulldog returner Smoke Harris allowed the Green and Gold to take over at the LA Tech 17-yard line with less than a minute remaining in the half. McBride once again found pay dirt, bulldozing his way into the end zone to give UAB the lead for good at 24-21.
 
UAB extended its lead to 31-21 in the second half when Hopkins scored on a 6-yard keeper on third-and-goal. Hopkins’ score capped off a 10-play, 76-yard drive to put the Blazers up by two scores.
 
A short LA Tech field goal from the UAB 3-yard line trimmed the Green and Gold’s lead to 31-24 with 10:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. 
 
The Blazers, however, quickly re-established a two-score advantage when UAB needed just three plays to travel 80 yards to take a 38-24 lead. A 38-yard reception from RaJae’ Johnson-Sanders, who set a career-high with 101 receiving yards, opened the drive before McBride burst free down the right sideline for a 35-yard rushing touchdown.
 
The Bulldogs (2-7, 1-4 C-USA) responded with a touchdown to cut the Blazers’ lead to 38-31 with 6:45 remaining in the fourth quarter. McBride, however, had yet another answer as he burst through the line for a 29-yard touchdown to stretch the lead back to two touchdowns.
 
Running back Lucious Stanley then pushed the Blazers over the half-century mark with a 38-yard rushing touchdown to post UAB’s final points of the game. LA Tech running back Marcus Williams Jr. tallied a late rushing touchdown for the Bulldogs to push the game to its final score.
 
The Blazers notched their 40th victory overall since returning to action in 2017 and are 40-19 overall in that span. UAB also improved to 28-8 in Conference USA and 21-4 versus West divisional opponents since 2017.
 
UAB will begin a two-game road swing next Saturday at Marshall. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
 

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