UAB Shuts Out Alabama A&M In Season Opener

UAB Blazers

The UAB Blazers took care of business in their 2022 season opener, defeating the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, 59-0, on Thursday night at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Ala.

The game was the first September season opener for the Blazers (1-0) in their new stadium, which opened in October of last year for football and served as the home of USFL games this past spring.

Matthew Postins of the College Football America Yearbook staff covered the game. His photo gallery is on our Facebook page. You can also find phots on the College Football America Instagram and Twitter feeds. The 2022 edition of the Yearbook is out on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Photos from this game could end up in the 2023 edition of the Yearbook.

UAB easily handled the Bulldogs, who play in the FCS’s Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Blazers racked up nearly 500 yards in total offense, forced four Bulldog (0-1) turnovers and had a 28-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Blazers were led by running back Jermaine Brown Jr., who rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Dylan Hopkins finished the game 13-of-18 for 191 yards, with one touchdown passing and rushing. The defense had three interception and a forced fumble, while the special teams blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.

The win was the first of Bryant Vincent’s career as UAB head coach. He took over the program earlier this year after Bill Clark retired due to health reasons. Clark was honored at halftime for his career with the UAB program, which included remaining its coach despite two seasons in which it didn’t play.

Alabama A&M’s Xavier Lankford played the majority of the game at quarterback despite not starting the game. He went 12-of-22 for 115 yards and an interception. He also rushed for 42 yards.

UAB will be at Liberty on Sept. 10. Alabama A&M will be at Troy on Sept. 10.

Click here to view more photos from this game.

The College Football America 2022 Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.

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