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Blaze carries a bowl reading "bowl eligible" up and down the sideline in the third quarter of UAB's 52-21 win over Rice.
Photo by Ian Keel / Photo Editor

Will Harris
Assistant Sports Editor

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the UAB Blazers faced the Rice Owls in a Conference USA west division showdown. Rice came into the matchup with a 1-7 record, while the Blazers needed one win to become bowl eligible.

Rice kicked off to start the game, but the kickoff went out of bounds giving UAB the ball at their own 35-yard line. The Blazers moved down the field with ease and scored on a one-yard touchdown run by Spencer Brown. Nick Vogel added the extra point making it a 7-0 game.

After a short three-and-out by Rice, the Blazers capped off their next drive on a 43-yard touchdown pass from A.J. Erdely to Donnie Lee. Vogel added the extra point to go up 14-0.

On the ensuing drive, Rice started deep in their own territory. On a third and long, Rice quarterback Sam Glaesmann was intercepted by UAB’s Darious Williams who returned it to the Rice nine-yard line.

On the next play, Brown rumbled his way into the end zone. Vogel added the extra point to make it 21-0 with 5:12 left in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Brown led UAB down the field again with a 42-yard run and a one-yard touchdown run. Vogel added the extra point to make it 28-0. However, Rice quickly answered with a 70-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Austin Walter. Will Harrison added the extra point to make the score 28-7.

After the Rice touchdown, the Owls attempted an onside kick and recovered the ball, giving them the ball at the UAB 40-yard line. On the ensuing play, Smalls’ pass was intercepted by UAB cornerback Brontae Harris and taken back 64 yards for a touchdown. Vogel’s extra point gave UAB a 35-7 lead midway through the second quarter.

Rice’s next drive ended in a fumble that was recovered by UAB’s Garrison Mitchell at the UAB 34-yard line. UAB answered with a strong drive thanks to running back James Noble’s runs of 20 and 17 yards. UAB ended the drive on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Erdely to Andre Wilson. Vogel added the extra point to make it 42-7. UAB halted a late Rice drive and went into halftime leading 42-7.

UAB stopped Rice on the opening drive of the second half and started at their own 20-yard line. The UAB drive ended in a five-yard play-action touchdown pass from Erdely to Wilson. Vogel added the extra point to make it 49-7.

Rice answered the UAB touchdown with a 6-play 80-yard touchdown drive that ended on a 9-yard run by Smalls. Harrison added the extra point to cut the UAB score to 49-14.

The next UAB drive stalled out after the Blazers failed to convert on third down in the Rice redzone. The Blazers settled for a 27-yard field goal by Vogel to extend the lead to 52-14.

Late in the game, Rice drove down and scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Smalls to wide receiver Aaron Cephus. Harrison’s extra point cut the UAB lead to 52-21. UAB ran out the clock and won the game by a final of 52-21.

Brown finished the game with 140 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Brown also broke 1,000-yard mark on the season, becoming only the fifth player in school history to do so. Erdely completed 20 of his 21 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. His completion percentage for this game is a Conference USA record. Williams’ interception was his fourth straight game with an interception.

“I could not be more proud of these guys, our fans, our community and our city,” said Head Coach Bill Clark. “It just doesn’t get much better than this right now.”

UAB (6-3, 4-2 in conference) will now head to University of Texas San-Antonio on Nov. 11.

Will Harris can be reached at whrrs@uab.edu or on Twitter @kscope_sports.

Aura and Real Life Poets host 2nd annual Spoken Truth Poetry Festival

Join us for a full day of artistry and workshops at the Spoken Truth Poetry Festival on April 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UAB’s Hill Student Center. Admission is free for all attendees. Aura Literary Arts Review (UAB) and Real Life Poets, Inc. have partnered to bring an array of activities to this year’s poetry festival, including a variety of workshops, a poetry slam, and a special poetry showcase highlighting spoken word performers in the region. Workshops begin at 1 p.m. with topics varying from the art of performing poetry, how to become a published author, and how to create your own handmade magazine.

Poetry slam participants must be between the ages of 15 and 21. The poetry slam begins at 5 p.m., followed by the poetry showcase at 6:30 p.m. We believe that art is a vital form of expression that develops independence, enhances creative and critical thinking, and encourages higher order thinking such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Art crosses cultural boundaries and breaks down social, religious and racial barriers. UAB’s Aura Literary Arts Review and Real Life Poets, Inc. aim to encouraging artistic expression, especially amongst the youth and young adults in our community who will someday help activate and bring about change in our world. So be prepared to enjoy a monumental day of truth and expression!

*To register to attend the workshops or participate in the poetry slam, visit www.uab.edu/studentmedia.com. For media inquiries only, contact 205.585.8271 or email info@reallifepoets.org

Spoken Truth Poetry Festival April 14 workshops begin at 1pm and continue until 5pm where the poetry slam and showcase will begin

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The release of Black Panther over President’s Day weekend spurred plenty of excitement, evidenced by its immense success in the box office. The original estimate of $165 million was eclipsed by the $242 million made domestically. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, features a nearly all-black cast and qualitative female-empowering roles.   

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How to survive to school shooting: Capt. Amy Schreiner shares with students how to live through an on-campus shooting

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According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly half of those who commit or attempt to carry out a homicide at a school usually present some type of warning sign, such as telling others about their plan or leaving a note before the event.   

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