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UAB Defense Dominates Hilltoppers, Extends Blazers Home Win Streak to 21

Blazers top WKU 37-14 behind five sacks and four turnovers

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 03 Central Arkansas at UAB Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Even though Western Kentucky started a new quarterback, UAB’s defense didn’t flinch, as they took it to the Hilltoppers on Saturday at Legion Field.

The Blazers held the ‘Toppers to only 250 total yards, including 162 passing, keeping the Blazers’ streak of allowing less than 200 yards passing to every opponent they have faced this season alive.

UAB’s defense forced four turnovers, generated five sacks and the punt return team blocked a punt for a touchdown to really put the game away.

Brycen Lucero and the offense did just fine on Saturday, highlighted by a career long 71 yard touchdown rush by DeWayne McBride but it was really all about the defense on Saturday.

Senior corner Brontae Harris led the defense with five tackles, a sack and an interception while Will Boler added four tackles and forced a fumble that set up UAB’s first touchdown of the day, a two yard run by Spencer Brown with 42 seconds left in the first quarter that put UAB up 10-7.

From that point, the Blazers would not relinquish the lead.

The defense was really stellar and kicker Matt Quinn added three field goals. However, the Blazers had nine penalties, something they will need to clean up before Friday when they take on the previously ranked Louisiana Ragin Cajuns.