2009 UAB Blazers football team

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2009 UAB Blazers football
Conference Conference USA
Division East Division
2009 record 5–7 (4–4 C-USA)
Head coach Neil Callaway (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator Kim Helton (3rd year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Eric Schumann (3rd year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Legion 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, #18 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]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 3:00 PM Rice Legion FieldBirmingham, AL CSS W 44–24   14,316[1]
September 12 3:00 PM SMU Legion Field • Birmingham, AL L 33–35   18,082[2]
September 19 2:30 PM at Troy* Movie Gallery StadiumTroy, AL CSS/WABM L 14–27   21,182[3]
September 26 6:00 PM at Texas A&M* Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX L 19–56   74,656[4]
October 1 7:00 PM Southern Miss Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Rivalry) CBS C W 30–17   26,871[5]
October 17 6:00 PM at Ole Miss* Vaught-Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS FSN L 13–48   47,612[6]
October 24 11:00 AM at Marshall Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV CSS L 7–27   18,878[7]
October 31 3:00 PM at UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX W 38–33   23,063[8]
November 7 1:00 PM Florida Atlantic* Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 56–29   17,283[9]
November 14 12:00 PM at Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Battle for the Bones) CSS W 31–21   18,031[10]
November 21 2:30 PM at East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC MASN L 21–37   43,056[11]
November 28 12:30 PM UCF Legion Field • Birmingham, AL CBS C L 27–34   13,381[12]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.
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 2 3 4 Total
Rice 0 3 14 7 24
UAB 7 20 14 3 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 2 3 4 Total
SMU 14 14 0 7 35
UAB 0 7 20 6 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 2 3 4 Total
UAB 0 0 6 8 14
Troy 3 7 14 3 27
  • Location: Movie Gallery Stadium, Troy, Alabama
  • Game start: 2:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 21,182
  • Game weather: 84°F, Overcast
  • Referee: Jeff Roberson

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 2 3 4 Total
UAB 3 3 6 7 19
Texas A&M 7 21 14 14 56
  • Location: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
  • Game start: 6:05 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 74,656
  • Game weather: 87°F, Fair
  • Referee: C. Castleberry

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 2 3 4 Total
Southern Miss 0 10 0 7 17
UAB 10 0 7 13 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]

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

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  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. 
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  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 2009-09-30. 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.