|Date of game: 10/11/2014
Recap: UAB vs. North Texas
Birmingham, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Blazers' defense forced five turnovers and Cody Clements threw for 316 yards to help UAB to a 56-21 victory over the North Texas Mean Green in a Conference USA matchup at Legion Field.
Clements finished 17-of-22 passing with three total touchdowns to lead UAB (4-2, 2-1 C-USA) to its second decision in as many weeks. Jamarcus Nelson racked up 104 yards on four receptions, while Jordan Howard tallied 67 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. The Blazers' defensive unit recorded 10 tackles for loss and five sacks.
Dajon Williams struggled under center for North Texas (2-4, 0-2), completing only 11-of-21 pass attempts for 124 yards with two interceptions. Antoinne Jimmerson had a solid showing, amassing 104 yards on 13 carries. Senior linebacker Derek Akunne anchored the Mean Green's defense with a game-high 17 total tackles.
UAB made it a two-possession game with defensive touchdowns on consecutive plays with just under seven minutes left in the first frame. Harris Gaston made the first impact play, as he forced a fumble when sacking Williams on third down. Jontavious Morris scooped up the loose ball and returned it 40 yards for the first points of the contest. On the opening play of the ensuing Mean Green drive, Lamarcus Farmer picked off Williams and returned the interception 22 yards for a score to make it 14-0.
The Blazers' offense started to click in the second period, as D.J. Vinson rushed four yards for a touchdown to conclude a 16-play, 73-yard drive. Clements tossed his first touchdown pass with 7:48 remaining before the intermission, as he found Howard on a 12-yard play to increase UAB's lead to 28-0.
North Texas finally responded, as Jimmerson ran 27 yards for a touchdown to end the visitor's next drive with a positive result.
UAB quickly answered, as Clements connected with Maudrecus Humphrey for a 75- yard gain through the air on the first play of the ensuing drive. Howard punched it in from two yards out on the next play to increase the Blazers' advantage to 28.
The Mean Green added another seven points in the final minute of the first half, as Williams completed a 12-yard pass to Marcus Smith in the end zone to send the visitors into the break trailing, 35-14.
The Blazers put it out of reach in the third quarter with three consecutive touchdowns. Just like in the first half, the UAB defense managed to create points off of a turnover as Darius Williams returned an interception nine yards for a score.
UNT's next drive also ended with a turnover, as Williams fumbled after being tackled by Alonzo McGee in the backfield and Farmer jumped on the loose ball at the Mean Green's 31-yard line. UAB took advantage of the short field as Clements rushed one-yard for a touchdown on the sixth play of the ensuing drive.
Gaston caused another fumble on the Mean Green's next drive, this time stripping Erick Evans in UAB territory. Clements completed a 74-yard strike for a score on the next play from scrimmage to extend UAB's advantage to 56-14, with four minutes left in the third period.
Andrew McNulty replaced Williams under center for UNT near the end of the third quarter. McCulty hit on 9-of-14 pass attempts for 167 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown pass to Turner Smiley for the only points of the last period.
UAB scored touchdowns on all four of its trips to the red zone and moved the chains on 3-of-4 fourth-down conversion attempts. UNT out-gained the Blazers, 451-448, in total yards of offense despite the double-digit loss.Game Notes