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- Chalk one up for UAB's defense.
Last week, the Blazers' offense carried to .
Saturday, the UAB's stoppers outdueled the opposition all by its lonesome, scoring three touchdowns of its own in a 56-21 homecoming victory to improve to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Conference USA standings.
The Blazers got five takeaways, converting three into scores and the first two came to came on back-to-back plays to give UAB an early 14-0 lead.
First, defensive tackle Jontavioius Morris scooped up a fumble and returned it 40 yards for a score with 6:49 to play. Then, Blazers cornerback Lamarcus Farmer jumped a short pattern perfectly on his way to a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown.
UAB linebacker Darius Williams picked off UNT freshman Dajon Williams and returned it nine yards for a score to make the score 42-14 with 8:33 in the third. Farmer and Shaq Jones also recovered fumbles in the third and the Blazers forced a turnover on downs on their own 4 late in the quarter.
Play of the game
It actually wasn't one of the Blazers' touchdowns but it helped set up one.
UNT finally showed some fight with a seven-play drive that ended with a tough 27-yard touchdown run from junior running back Antoinne Jimmerson who broke several tackles on his way to end zone with 5:12 to play in the second quarter and pull his team to within three scores.
UAB quarterback Cody Clements found over the middle on the first play of the next drive. However, it looked like the play might end in an incompletion when Humphrey stretched out his arm and bobbled the slightly over thrown ball. However the senior kept his concentration and captured control of the ball on the way to a 73-yard gain to give UAB the ball at the Mean Green's 2-yard line and set up a Jordan Howard score that gave UAB a 35-7 advantage with 4:45 to go before the break.
By the numbers
-18: That's how many rushing yards the Blazers limited UNT dual-threat quarterback Dajon Williams to. The athletic freshman carried the ball 13 times and was sacked five times.
3: Number of Blazers with 70-plus more receiving yards. The list included senior wide receiver J.J. Nelson, who had his 100th career grab in the game, as well as Humphrey and tight end Kennard Backman.
5:Number of different Blazers who recorded sacks against UNT.
""We've also said we're going to try to win it with defense. Not to take anything away from our offense but we wanted to challenge their offense."
-UAB coach Bill Clark
They said it: "The line did a heck of a job again. That's two weeks in a row, just keeping everybody out and giving me time to throw the ball to the playmakers.--Clements
"It's just been a lot of grind, a lot of hard work, the same as with everybody else on this team. We've just been working and pressing and now we've got somebody who's changed the culture for us and we're just bought in."-Farmer on Clark.
Clements showed why he's one of the nation's most consistent passers, completing 17 of 22 attempts for 316 yards, two touchdowns and most importantly no interceptions.
Safety Jay Davis came into the game as the Blazer' fifth-leading tackler but led the way for his team with 10 tackles, all solos, against UNT.
What's next: UAB travels to Middle Tennessee St.for a 2:30 p.m. Conference USA tilt. North Texas will host Southern Miss. at 6 p.m.
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