UAB Concludes Regular Season on Friday Against UTEP

Gerrit Prince

Football

BIRMINGHAM – The UAB football team will host UTEP this Friday, Nov. 26, on Senior Day and the final home game of the inaugural season at Protective Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on ESPN+.
 
Both the Blazers and Miners enter the game with overall records of 7-4. UAB (5-2) is one game ahead of UTEP (4-3) in the Conference USA West standings.
 
Who: UAB (7-4, 5-2 C-USA) vs. UTEP (7-4, 4-3 C-USA)
Where: Protective Stadium – Birmingham, Ala.
When: Friday, Nov. 26 – 1 p.m.
Watch: ESPN+
On The Call: Curt Bloom (play-by-play), Chad Pilcher (color), Lynden Blake (sideline)
Listen: WJOX 94.5 FM
On The Call: David Crane (play-by-play), Steve Irvine (color), Trey Ragland (sideline)
Series: UAB leads, 6-1
Last Meeting: Nov. 16, 2019 – UAB, 37-10
 
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

  • UAB is looking to win at least eight games for a fourth time since returning to action in 2017. The only year UAB hasn’t won at least eight games since the return was during the 2020 pandemic-shortened season in which UAB finished 6-3 and won the Conference USA Championship.
     
  • The Blazers will be honoring 20 seniors who are playing their last home game for the Green and Gold. Among those are a handful of players who have played in every game since UAB returned to action and have helped the Blazers win two Conference USA Championships and compile 41 total victories.
     
  • DeWayne McBride is leading Conference USA in rushing yards during league play with 802, good for an average of 114.6 rushing yards per game against conference opponents.
     
  • McBride has exploded in the second half of the season and has compiled 694 of his 1,089 total rushing yards in the last five games. The sophomore is just the sixth player in school history to have 1,000 single season rushing yards, and his 11 rushing touchdowns currently tie him for the sixth most in a single season with Joe Webb.  McBride is averaging 6.44 yards per carry this season, which ranks him seventh nationally.
     
  • His backfield mate and signal caller Dylan Hopkins is averaging 214.5 passing yards per game in eight starts this season. Overall, he has thrown for 1,977 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions, while adding five rushing touchdowns. He is the league’s second most efficient passes (164.21) and is completing 63 percent of his passes. Hopkins is coming off a game in which he was 15-of-22 for 254 yards, two touchdowns and one interception at No. 15 UTSA.
     
  • Wide receiver Trea Shropshire continues to be Hopkins’ top deep threat as Shropshire leads the nation with an average of 27.9 yards per reception. His yards per catch average is five yards clear of the next closest player in the country. Shropshire had three catches for 130 yards at UTSA and scored touchdowns of 74 and 40 yards.
     
  • The Blazers rush defense has been lights out the last two games, allowing just 89 total rushing yards against Marshall and UTSA combined (37 for Marshall, 52 for UTSA). UAB ranks 15th nationally in rush defense and 20th in total defense heading into the regular season finale.
     
  • After winning just five games total in the previous four years combined, UTEP and head coach Dana Dimel are having their best season 2014 when they finished 7-6 overall.   
     
  • Quarterback Gavin Hardison has led the resurgence and is coming off a career-high 366 passing yards against Rice. Hardison ranks second nationally in yards per completion (16.7). His top target is sophomore Jacob Cowing who has 62 catches for 1,267 yards and six touchdowns. His 1,267 receiving yards are the fifth most in the nation.

 
As the Blazers conclude their inaugural season at Protective Stadium, UAB Athletics would like to say thank you by running a $12 Fan Appreciation Offer for single game tickets to Friday’s contest. The offer closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday night and fans can purchase tickets by clicking here.
 
Fans can also visit the main UAB Athletics ticket page by clicking here.
 
UAB will learn its bowl destination on Dec. 5. The Blazers have been bowl eligible every year under the direction of head coach Bill Clark, but had the Gasparilla Bowl canceled last season. 
 

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