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.

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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USGA to reign in new president: Candidates introduce platforms of their campaign to student body

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As a young and growing institution, UAB looks to student leaders to help shape the future of the university. USGA hosted their 2018 Presidential Debate Thursday, March 1.

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Black Panther Movie Review  

Jo Wright
Life & Style Reporter

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

Sufia Alam
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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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