2009 UAB Blazers football team

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2009 UAB Blazers football
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionEast Division
2009 record5–7 (4–4 C-USA)
Head coachNeil Callaway (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorKim Helton (3rd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorEric Schumann (3rd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumLegion Field
(Capacity: 71,594)
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
East Carolina x$   7 1         9 5  
UCF   6 2         8 5  
Southern Miss   5 3         7 6  
Marshall   4 4         7 6  
UAB   4 4         5 7  
Memphis   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Houston xy   6 2         10 4  
SMU x   6 2         8 5  
Tulsa   3 5         5 7  
UTEP   3 5         4 8  
Rice   2 6         2 10  
Tulane   1 7         3 9  
Championship: East Carolina 38, Houston 32
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 UAB Blazers football team represented the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama and competed in the East Division of Conference USA (C-USA). The Blazers finished the season 5–7 and 4–4 in C-USA play.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 53:00 p.m.RiceCSSW 44–2414,316[1]
September 123:00 p.m.SMU
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
L 33–3518,082[2]
September 192:30 p.m.at Troy*CSS/WABML 14–2721,182[3]
September 266:00 p.m.at Texas A&M*L 19–5674,656[4]
October 17:00 p.m.Southern Miss
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
CBS CW 30–1726,871[5]
October 176:00 p.m.at Ole Miss*FSNL 13–4847,612[6]
October 2411:00 a.m.at MarshallCSSL 7–2718,878[7]
October 313:00 p.m.at UTEPW 38–3323,063[8]
November 71:00 p.m.Florida Atlantic*
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
W 56–2917,283[9]
November 1412:00 p.m.at MemphisCSSW 31–2118,031[10]
November 212:30 p.m.at East CarolinaMASNL 21–3743,056[11]
November 2812:30 p.m.UCF
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
CBS CL 27–3413,381[12]
Schedule Source: "2009–2010 Schedule". University of Alabama at Birmingham Athletics Media Relations – UABSports.com. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2009.

Game summaries[edit]

Rice[edit]

1 234Total
Rice 0 3147 24
UAB 7 20143 44
  • Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Game start: 3:07 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 14,316
  • Game weather: 77°F, Cloudy, humid
  • Referee: Bill Athan
  • Television network: CSS

To open the 2009 season, UAB quarterback Joe Webb would have a record setting day in leading the Blazers to this 44–24 victory over the Owls. For the game, Webb would set both a school and Conference USA record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game with 194.[13] For the game, Webb would also complete 12 of 15 passes for another 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns in gaining 415 yards of total offense on the afternoon.[13] For his efforts, Webb was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week.[14]

SMU[edit]

1 234Total
SMU 14 1407 35
UAB 0 7206 33
  • Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Game start: 3:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:27
  • Game attendance: 18,082
  • Game weather: 84°F, Partly sunny, muggy
  • Referee: Claur Gausman

Following an opening week win, the Blazers would fall by a final score of 33–35 to the Mustangs of SMU. After falling behind by a score of 28–7 at the half, the Blazers would rally to within a point of SMU by the end of the third quarter.[15] The Blazers would fall late in the fourth following a failed two-point conversion that would have tied the game at 35 with 00:13 remaining in the game. For the game Webb would rush for 97 yards and a single touchdown in addition to throwing for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns.[15]

Troy[edit]

1 234Total
UAB 0 068 14
Troy 3 7143 27

For the second week in a row, the Blazers would fall, and this time it was by a final score of 14–27 on the road to the Trojans of Troy. For the game, UAB only scored on a pair of Josh Zahn field goals and a single, 17-yard Joe Webb touchdown pass in the fourth.[16]

Texas A&M[edit]

1 234Total
UAB 3 367 19
Texas A&M 7 211414 56

Traveling to College Station to face the Aggies in the evening, the Blazers would fall by a final score of 56–19. For the game, UAB scored on a pair of Josh Zahn field goals, a 10-yard Joe Webb touchdown run in the third and on a 60-yard David Isabelle run in the fourth.[17]

Southern Miss[edit]

1 234Total
Southern Miss 0 1007 17
UAB 10 0713 30
  • Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Game start: 7:04 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 26,871
  • Game weather: 72°F, Clear
  • Referee: R.G. Detillier

Following three consecutive losses in addition to coming off a short week, the Blazers would defeat Southern Miss for the first time in school history on a Thursday night by a final score of 30–17. UAB would open the scoring with a 27-yard Josh Zahn field goal and a 31-yard Joe Webb touchdown run in the first, only to have the Golden Eagles score 10 in the second to tie the game at the half.[18] In the third, Webb would hit Anderson for a 21-yard touchdown in the third to take a 17–10 lead into the fourth.[18] Zahn would hit a pair of field goals (51 & 32 yards) and Hiram Atwater would seal the game late following a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown.[18]

Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

2009 UAB Blazers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 5 Joe Webb Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rice Owls vs. UAB Blazers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. UAB Blazers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  3. ^ "UAB Blazers vs. Troy Trojans Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  4. ^ "UAB Blazers vs. Texas A&M Aggies Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  5. ^ "Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. UAB Blazers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  6. ^ "UAB Blazers vs. Mississippi Rebels Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 4, 2010. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  7. ^ "UAB Blazers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  8. ^ "UAB Blazers vs. UTEP Miners Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  9. ^ "Florida Atlantic Owls vs. UAB Blazers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  10. ^ "UAB Blazers vs. Memphis Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  11. ^ "UAB Blazers vs. East Carolina Pirates Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  12. ^ "UCF Knights vs. UAB Blazers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  13. ^ a b "UAB Opens Season With 44–24 Win Over Rice". University of Alabama at Birmingham Sports Information. Archived from the original on September 30, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  14. ^ Irvine, Steve (September 7, 2009). "Joe Webb earns a pair of honors". The Birmingham News.
  15. ^ a b "SMU vs UAB (Sept 12, 2009)". University of Alabama at Birmingham Sports Information. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  16. ^ "UAB vs Troy (Sept 19, 2009)". University of Alabama at Birmingham Sports Information. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  17. ^ "UAB vs Texas A&M (Sept 26, 2009)". University of Alabama at Birmingham Sports Information. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  18. ^ a b c "Southern Miss vs UAB (Oct 1, 2009)". University of Alabama at Birmingham Sports Information. Archived from the original on September 30, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2009.