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Bahamas Bowl: Alabama-Birmingham 24, Miami of Ohio 20

Associated Press

NASSAU Bahamas - Jermaine Brown Jr. rushed for 116 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns, Trea Shropshire had 183 yards receiving and a score, and UAB held off Miami (Ohio) 24-20 in the Bahamas Bowl.

UAB (7-6) won its second bowl game in a row - beating No. 13 BYU 31-28 in the Independence Bowl last season - and third in program history. The Blazers won their 50th game since returning in 2017 from a program shutdown.

Shropshire dominated the first half with 120 yards, and his second catch after halftime went for 50 yards to set up Brown's 12-yard rushing touchdown on fourth-and-1 for a 24-20 lead with 1:31 left.

Miami converted two fourth downs on its final drive and a 15-yard penalty set up the RedHawks on the 15 with one second left. Aveon Smith completed a pass over the middle to Jalen Walker but the UAB defense came up with a huge stop as Reynard Ellis made a tackle at the 2 as time expired.

"It really comes down to everything this team stands for: we'll fight til the very end, we'll never give in, we're tough, we're rugged, we play for each other and we never give up," UAB interim coach Bryant Vincent. "No matter what we've been through this year, it's just the UAB way."

After Miami took a 20-17 lead with 6:52 left in the fourth quarter, Brown fumbled it and the RedHawks took over at the UAB 28 before missing a 47-yard field goal. Then Brown redeemed himself on the next drive.

Brown carried it 24 times to eclipse 100 yards for the fifth time this season for UAB. Shropshire finished with six catches for 183 yards and a touchdown.

Shropshire had a 46-yard grab on UAB's first offensive play and he capped the opening drive with a 10-yard touchdown. He added a 48-yarder on third-and-19 with 5:57 left before halftime to total 120 yards, while the Miami offense had 68 total yards at that point.

Dual-threat QB Aveon Smith passed for 162 yards and two touchdowns for Miami (6-7). He also carried it 22 times for 50 yards.

PLAYERS OPTING OUT

The nation's leading rusher, DeWayne McBride, was not active after opting out of the bowl game. His 1,713 yards this season for UAB included 10 100-yard games and 19 touchdowns. The Conference USA's player of the year was coming off a 272-yard game against Louisiana Tech.

COACHING CHANGE

The Blazers played their finale under Vincent, who led the team all season. Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer has been hired as head coach and was in attendance. The 50-year-old Dilfer won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 during a 14-year NFL career. He's making a big leap to the college ranks after leading Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, to three state title games in four seasons as head coach.

"I'm going to tell our players that I love them and I'm proud of them," an emotional Vincent said after the game. "I'm proud of our coaches and I'm proud of everything we've accomplished."

PIRATE FLAGS

Miami players and coaches were wearing patches and stickers of a pirate flag to honor Mike Leach, who died suddenly of a heart condition earlier this week.

December 16, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter Mia-OUAB
UAB TD 9:22 Trea Shropshire 10 yd pass from Dylan Hopkins (Matt Quinn kick) 0 7
UAB FG 3:31 Matt Quinn 42 yd FG 0 10
Second Quarter Mia-OUAB
Mia-O TD 0:34 Mac Hippenhammer 33 yd pass from Aveon Smith (missed kick) 6 10
Third Quarter Mia-OUAB
Mia-O TD 5:44 Kevin Davis 4 yd run (Graham Nicholson kick) 13 10
Fourth Quarter Mia-OUAB
UAB TD 13:29 Jermaine Brown Jr. 3 yd run (Matt Quinn kick) 13 17
Mia-O TD 6:52 Kenny Tracy 10 yd pass from Aveon Smith (Graham Nicholson kick) 20 17
UAB TD 1:33 Jermaine Brown Jr. 12 yd run (Matt Quinn kick) 20 24
Team Stats
  Miami (OH) UAB
First downs 19 24
  Rushing 9 11
  Passing 8 10
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 3-14, 21% 7-12, 58%
4th down efficiency 4-5, 80% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 37-110 38-138
Passing Yards 162 252
Return Yards 70 -8
Completions-Attempts-Int 15-27-0 17-28-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--24 2--12
Punts 4 1
Punts-Average 45.3 37
Fumbles Lost 0-0 3-2
Penalties - Yards 5-50 7-75
Time of Possession 26:40 33:20
Miami (OH) Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Smith 15 27 162 2 0
UAB Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Hopkins 16 24 204 1 1
J. Zeno 1 4 48 0 0
Miami (OH) Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Smith 22 50 2.3 0
T. Shelton 8 31 3.9 0
K. Mozee 3 16 5.3 0
K. Davis 3 9 3.0 1
K. Tracy 1 4 4.0 0
UAB Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Brown Jr. 24 116 4.8 2
L. Witherspoon 5 27 5.4 0
D. Hopkins 4 7 1.8 0
A. Gates 2 -1 -0.5 0
J. Zeno 3 -11 -3.7 0
Miami (OH) Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Hippenhammer 2 43 21.5 1
K. Davis 4 39 9.8 0
J. Walker 4 30 7.5 0
K. Tracy 3 22 7.3 1
J. Coldiron 1 15 15.0 0
M. Marshall 1 13 13.0 0
UAB Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Shropshire 6 183 30.5 1
F. Farrier II 2 20 10.0 0
D. Boykin 2 19 9.5 0
T. Palmer 3 18 6.0 0
J. Brown Jr. 2 6 3.0 0
T. McDonald 1 3 3.0 0
D. Payne 1 3 3.0 0
Miami (OH) Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Zolman 1 45
UAB Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Miami (OH) Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Dzioban 4 181 45.3
UAB Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Greenwell 1 37 37.0
Miami (OH) Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Walker 1 25 25.0
UAB Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Thomas V 2 -8 -4.0
Miami (OH) Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UAB Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
F. Farrier II 1 0 0
Miami (OH) Missed FG
Player Length
G. Nicholson 47
UAB Missed FG
Player Length




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