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UAB loses on the road to Ohio State 29-15

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Ohio State's "The Horseshoe" stadium in Columbus.  (wikipedia) Ohio State's "The Horseshoe" stadium in Columbus. (wikipedia)

UAB head coach Garrick McGee wasn't able to pull off the upset at Ohio State today as the Blazers lost 29-15 in Columbus.

Playing in one of the largest, most intimidating enviroments in all of college football -- Ohio Stadium aka "The Horseshoe" -- McGee saw his team jump out to an early lead after Nick Adams returned a blocked punt 20 yards for a touchdown, but Urban Meyer's latest Heisman Trophy candidate, quarterback Braxton Miller, was too much to handle in the end.  Miller ran for 64 yards and two touchdowns in the win for Ohio State.

Despite the loss and falling to 0-3 on the year, the Blazers showed great improvement from their previous two losses and there are plenty of positives to take away from today.

UAB out-gained the Buckeyes in total yards of offense, first downs, third-down conversions and passing yards.  Also, sophomore kicker Ty Long made three field goals on four attempts, one being a 54-yarder in the first half.

The Blazers' two turnovers and nine penalties for 99 yards proved to be the difference in the game.

Game summary and stats from ESPN.com:

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUABOSU
TD 9:21 Team punt BLOCKED, returned by Nick Adams for 20 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Ty Long extra point BLOCKED.
Drive info: 0 plays, 20 yds in 0:00
6 0
SECOND QUARTERUABOSU
FG 10:27 Ty Long 47 yard field goal GOOD.
Drive info: 10 plays, 44 yds in 4:23
9 0
TD 6:31 Rod Smith rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN. Drew Basil extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 10 plays, 44 yds in 4:23
9 7
FG 3:44 Ty Long 54 yard field goal GOOD.
Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yds in 3:56
12 7
TD 1:50 Braxton Miller rush for 12 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Drew Basil extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 6 plays, 19 yds in 2:37
12 14
TD 1:02 Zach Boren rush for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Drew Basil extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 2 plays, 9 yds in 0:17
12 21
FOURTH QUARTERUABOSU
FG 13:44 Ty Long 34 yard field goal GOOD.
Drive info: 16 plays, 80 yds in 7:08
15 21
TD 5:03 Braxton Miller rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN. Two-point conversion attempt, Braxton Miller rush GOOD.
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yds in 5:00
15 29

Team Stat Comparison

 UABOSU
1st Downs 22 20
3rd down efficiency
7-17 3-10
4th down efficiency
0-1 0-0
Total Yards 403 347
Passing 259 143
Comp-Att
28-46 12-20
Yards per pass
5.5 6.5
Rushing 144 204
Rushing Attempts
34 37
Yards per rush
4.2 5.5
Penalties 9-99 7-60
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles lost
1 1
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Possession 33:47 26:13

 

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