2014 UAB Blazers football team

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2014 UAB Blazers football
UAB Blazers wordmark.png
Conference Conference USA
Division East Division
2014 record 6–6 (4–4 C-USA)
Head coach Bill Clark (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent (1st season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Duwan Walker (1st season)
Base defense 4-2-5 Multiple
Home stadium Legion Field
(Capacity: 71,594)
Seasons
← 2013
2017 →
2014 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 23 Marshall x$   7 1         13 1  
Middle Tennessee   5 3         6 6  
WKU   4 4         8 5  
UAB   4 4         6 6  
Old Dominion*   4 4         6 6  
FIU   3 5         4 8  
Florida Atlantic   2 6         3 9  
West Division
Louisiana Tech x   7 1         9 5  
Rice   5 3         8 5  
UTEP   5 3         7 6  
UTSA   3 5         4 8  
North Texas   2 6         4 8  
Southern Miss   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Marshall 26, Louisiana Tech 23
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • Ineligible for post season bowl due to transition from FCS.
As of 22:24, 20 December 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 UAB Blazers football team represented the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the East Division of Conference USA (C-USA). They were led by first year head coach Bill Clark and played their home games at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

After defeating Southern Miss in the final regular season game on November 29, 2014, UAB became bowl eligible for the first time since 2004. Three days later, UAB president Ray Watts announced that the Southern Miss victory would be the last for the program; the university would not field a team after 2014. Despite the troubles following the year, the season itself was viewed as a success. The Blazers boasted one of the best Special Teams units in the country (led by Special Teams Coordinator Daric Riley), became bowl eligible for the first time in years, and Bill Clark won the Conference USA Coach of the Year award. Nonetheless, they became the first FBS team to stop sponsoring football since the Pacific Tigers.[1]

Despite being bowl eligible, UAB was not invited to a bowl game.

On June 1, 2015, Watts announced they were beginning the process to reinstate football, and the program was reinstated for the 2017 season.[2][3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 11:00 AM Troy* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL FCS W 48–10   27,133
September 6 1:00 PM at Mississippi State* Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS SECRN L 34–47   57,704
September 13 2:30 PM Alabama A&M* Legion Field • Birmingham, AL ASN W 41–14   29,604
September 27 2:30 PM FIU Legion Field • Birmingham, AL ASN L 20–34   16,133
October 4 6:00 PM at WKU Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith StadiumBowling Green, KY W 42–39   14,923
October 11 2:30 PM North Texas Legion Field • Birmingham, AL ASN W 56–21   20,365
October 18 2:30 PM at Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd StadiumMurfreesboro, TN FCS L 22–34   18,717
October 25 11:00 AM at Arkansas* Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR SECN L 17–45   61,800
November 1 6:00 PM at Florida Atlantic FAU StadiumBoca Raton, FL ASN W 31–28   17,724
November 8 11:00 AM Louisiana Tech Legion Field • Birmingham, AL ASN L 24–40   9,457
November 22 11:00 AM No. 18 Marshall Legion Field • Birmingham, AL ASN L 18–23   28,355
November 29 2:30 PM at Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS (Rivalry) ASN W 45–24   17,103
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[4]

Game summaries[edit]

Troy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 7 3 0 0 10
Blazers 17 7 14 10 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–7 2013 Troy, 34–31

Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 3 17 7 7 34
Bulldogs 13 13 21 0 47
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 2011 Mississippi State, 21–3

Alabama A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 0 0 14
Blazers 0 21 20 0 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

FIU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 14 10 10 34
Blazers 7 6 0 7 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2013 UAB, 27–24

WKU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 14 0 21 7 42
Hilltoppers 20 7 12 0 39
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 1997 UAB, 20–16

North Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 0 14 0 7 21
Blazers 14 21 21 0 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1995 UAB, 19–14

Middle Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 6 9 7 0 22
Blue Raiders 14 7 0 13 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2013 Middle Tennessee, 24–21

Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 0 0 10 7 17
Razorbacks 14 21 10 0 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Florida Atlantic[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 7 14 7 3 31
Owls 0 7 0 21 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 2013 Florida Atlantic, 37–23

Louisiana Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 14 10 6 10 40
Blazers 3 7 7 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 1999 Louisiana Tech, 41–20

Marshall[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Thundering Herd 7 10 0 6 23
Blazers 3 3 6 6 18
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–7 2013 Marshall, 56–14

Southern Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 14 7 14 10 45
Golden Eagles 0 7 10 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–10 2013 Southern Miss, 62–27

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolken, Dan (December 2, 2014). "UAB Shuts Down Its Football Program". USA Today. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "UAB Blazers to Reinstate Football Program". fbschedules.com. June 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "UAB Football to Return for 2017 Season". fbschedules.com. July 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "2014 UAB Blazers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 5, 2014.