The USF Bulls came into the game against the UAB Blazers on a two-game winning streak. The experts had the game close as to who would win. Both teams came in with explosive offenses. UAB had some close games including their last game versus, who many say will win the AAC, the Memphis Tigers. The Bulls came off a big win over the Navy Midshipmen where they have never won on the road. UAB is one of the newest members of the American. The Bulls will see them in the future. Up till this point, USF is on top of the AAC. The game kicked off at 4 p.m. EST in Birmingham, Alabama. The crowd was there and ready for a college football game. The question was who would come out on top. The game began with fireworks on both sides.
The USF Bulls received the ball first. Four plays later Byrum Brown ran for 60 yards and that resulted in the game’s first points. USF took a quick 7-0 lead. Unfortunately, the problems from the past caught up with USF. The defense had issues stopping the UAB offense. At the end of the game, the Blazers had 608 yards of total offense. The other problems were turnovers and penalties. There were two interceptions and one fumble. Even though the Bulls had fewer penalties than UAB they still had too many. USF had avoided both in the last two games which resulted in wins. They knew coming in the Blazers had a great passing attack but they did nothing to stop that. Out of the 608 yards, 355 of those came from passing. They will have to clean that up before the next game.
This game was big for UAB. This is a team that came off a close win a week ago. The Blazers had the momentum. Even though they allowed a big play on the Bulls’ first drive they answered. UAB had a 75-yard passing play to answer and tie the game very quickly at seven. Looking through the game most of the time the Blazers had the ball they scored. They failed to score in just four possessions. One of those would be the only turnover they had. They showed the conference how explosive their offense can be. At the half, they led 35-14. UAB never let their foot on the pedal. Their defense was able to get to three turnovers and flip over to get points. They allowed the Bulls 471 yards of total offense. This was a big win for them and their first conference win.
At the end of the game, the USF Bulls lost 56-35. They had issues from the past catch-up with trouble tackling and turnovers. They now head home for their homecoming game against another new AAC team the FAU Owls. The Bulls have played well at home and hopefully, the crowd will show up this upcoming Saturday. USF can get these mistakes corrected and head coach Alex Golesh has said that time and time again in his post-game press conferences. Look for them to get the defense back on track for the Owls. The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. EST with a possible 83 degrees at kickoff.
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