BYU lost to UAB at Independence Bowl with quarterback Jaren Hall watching from the sidelines


Late mistakes have reduced the value of cowardly Cougars; BYU ended the season with a score of 10-3.

BYU ran back to Tyler Allgeier (25) to try to hold on while UAB linebacker Noah Wilder (50) closed during the first half of the Independence Bowl NCAA college football game in Shreveport, La., Saturday, December 18, 2021. (AP Photo / Matthew Hinton)

Shreveport, La. • Team BYU entered the week in a bad mood saying they had shaken off the disappointment of missing the New Year’s game and were hungry for a second straight season of 11 wins.

But on a rainy Louisiana afternoon, the 13 Cougars couldn’t muster enough defensive stops to get the job done.

The Cougars lost 31-28 to the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Saturday at Independence Stadium. The team played without starting quarterback Jaren Hall, who was replaced by Baylor Romney in the lineup.

Sitake said on Friday that while the team is healthier offensively, BYU’s defense is still dealing with injuries to key players. Some of that showed up in the UAB’s second drive, where Gerrit Prince’s tight finish of the Blazers caught a 10-yard pass and dodged a pair of Cougars trying to intercept him as he ran. into the final area.

UAB ran back to DeWayne McBride then ran for 64 yards and broke many of BYU’s tackles to give the Blazers a 14-0 lead over the Cougars.

However, BYU responded and ended the game in the middle of the second quarter. Tyler Allgeier received the ball on all eight turns, ending a 1-yard touchdown for him. Samson Nacua then punched in from 2 yards after UAB was penalized for a rough foul on Baylor Romney.

The Blazers scored just before half-time. Hopkins threw Gerrit Price a touchdown at 23 yards. But that happened shortly after the third inning began with a massive 62-yard TD from Allgeier.

The Blazers switched goals on the 38-yard field to take a 24-21 lead, they continued into the fourth half. However, BYU had good field position in that goal, and Allgeier ran 1 yard for a set touch with a 29-yard pass from Romney for Masen Wake.

Hopkins hammered another nail in the coffin as he threw a 14-yard pass to Trea Shropshire. That sequence happened after BYU made the switch from fourth down only to look for the ball for the Blazers at the end of the game.

This story will be updated. BYU lost to UAB at Independence Bowl with quarterback Jaren Hall watching from the sidelines

Beth Allcock

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