Will Harris
Assistant Sports Editor

On Saturday night, UAB traveled to San Antonio, Texas to take on the UTSA Roadrunners in a Conference USA west division showdown.

UAB kicked off to UTSA to start the game. On the second play of the game, UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm ran away from the pressure and lofted the ball downfield to avoid a sack, but was intercepted by UAB’s Will Dawkins. UAB took over at the UTSA 28-yard line.

UAB capped off the short drive with a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback A.J. Erdely. Nick Vogel’s extra point gave UAB the 7-0 lead. Later in the first quarter, UTSA’s Greg Campbell broke loose on a reverse run that went for 37 yards. UTSA got down to the UAB 11-yard line but could not go any farther and settled for a field goal from kicker Jared Sackett. UTSA cut the UAB lead to 7-3.

On the ensuing UAB drive, the running game bullied their way down the field on runs by Erdely and running back Spencer Brown. The Blazers ended the drive on an extending touchdown grab by Ronnie Turner Jr. from Erdely. The extra point gave UAB a 14-3 lead.

UAB held UTSA to a punt and started at their own 10-yard line. The UAB running game continued to pound the ball down the field on a 17-play drive. UAB was stopped on third and short at the UTSA 5-yard line. UAB went for it on 4th-and-goal at the UTSA 1-yard line and converted on an Erdely run as he pushed his way into the end zone for a touchdown. With the touchdown, Erdely passed former UAB quarterback Joe Webb for most touchdown runs by a quarterback in a single season. Vogel’s extra point gave UAB a 21-3 lead.

Just before halftime, UTSA got the ball back at their own 33-yard line. UAB assisted UTSA down the field with three penalties that totaled 35 yards. UTSA got down to the UAB red zone but could not convert on third down and settled for a Sackett field goal to cut the score to 21-6.

In the second half, both teams struggled to move on offense. UAB converted their first down of the half with six minutes left in the third quarter. On the next play, Erdely looked for receiver Andre Wilson down the field but was intercepted by UTSA’s Devron Davis.

UAB’s defense held UTSA, but on the next drive Erdely was stripped of the ball and gave UTSA the ball at the UAB 35-yard line. On a 3rd-and-7, Sturm ran away from pressure and broke several tackles on a 22-yard run to the end zone. Sackett’s extra point cut the UAB lead to 21-13.

On UTSA’s next drive, the Roadrunners started at the UAB 44-yard line. On third down, Sturm attempted to evade pressure but was stripped by UAB linebacker Thomas Johnston. Garrett Marino recovered the fumble to give UAB the ball in Roadrunner territory.

UAB was forced to settle for a field goal after failing to convert third down. Vogel’s 48-yard field goal went through the uprights to give UAB a 24-13 lead with less than 10 minutes in the game.

With 1:12 left in the game, Sturm found a cutting Kerry Thomas Jr. on 17-yard reception for a touchdown. UTSA failed to get the two-point conversion and trailed 24-19.

UTSA attempted an onside kick, but UAB’s Collin Lisa recovered and wisely stepped out of bounds. UAB ran out the clock and won by a final score of 24-19.

UAB (7-3, 5-2 in conference) will now head to Gainesville, Florida to take on the Florida Gators.

Will Harris can be reached at willhrrs@uab.edu or on Twitter @Kscope_sports.

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