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No. 13 BYU vs. UAB: How to watch, listen to or stream the Independence Bowl

The Cougars and Blazers play Saturday afternoon during the opening weekend of bowl season. It will be the first meeting between the two schools

BYU and UAB will play each other in the 2021 Independence Bowl.
BYU and UAB will play each other in the Independence Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. It will be the first meeting between the two programs.
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Independence Bowl: No. 13 BYU (10-2) vs. UAB (8-4)

  • Kickoff: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. MST
    Due to inclement weather, kickoff has been pushed back from 1:30 p.m. MT to 1:41 p.m.
  • Venue: Independence Stadium (50,000 capacity)
  • TV: ABC
  • Livestream: WatchESPN
  • Radio: KSL 1160 AM
  • Series: This is the first meeting between the two schools.
  • Weather: Rain with temperatures in the high 50s at kickoff.

THE TRENDS

For BYU: The Cougars — who have won five straight games, including three over Power Five opponents — are 3-1 in bowl games under Kalani Sitake. BYU is playing in the postseason for the fourth straight season.

For UAB: The Blazers are 0-2 in their previous two games against ranked opponents this season, losing to Georgia and UTSA. UAB is playing in its fifth bowl game ever and fourth in the past five seasons.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Both teams excel at running the ball — the Cougars average 187.3 yards per game on the ground, while the Blazers average 176.6.

Both teams have star running backs, too, who’ve rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season: BYU’s Tyler Allgeier is eighth nationally with 1,409 rushing yards, while UAB’s DeWayne McBride ran for 1,188 yards before leaving the team’s regular-season finale with an injury.

The Blazers have the edge defensively in the run game, giving up just 104.2 yards per game on the ground (11th nationally). UAB is also ranked No. 16 in the country in total defense, while BYU is No. 17 in total offense.

BYU running back Tyler Allgeier (25) celebrates a touchdown against Boise State during game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.
BYU running back Tyler Allgeier (25) celebrates a touchdown against Boise State during a game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Allgeier has 20 rushing touchdowns this season, tied for No. 1 in the country.
Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News

KEY PLAYER

Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU: While Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall is another player to watch, Allgeier gets the nod here because another big game for the sophomore could break some records.

Allgeier needs 174 rushing yards to pass Luke Staley’s all-time single-season school rushing record, set in 2001. Allgeier has rushed for more than 175 yards in three games so far this season.

Allgeier is also tied with four other running backs, including Utah’s Tavion Thomas, in leading the nation with 20 rushing touchdowns this season. He is four short of Staley’s 24 touchdown runs in 2001, also a program single-season record.

QUOTABLE

“I really appreciated the preparation that our players brought and the development I saw from a lot of our young guys. We took full advantage of the practices we had and hopefully this will help springboard us into the 2022 offseason.” — BYU coach Kalani Sitake, on preparing for the bowl game.

“We’ve got our hands full. BYU is really a great team. I’m really proud of our guys and the resiliency they’ve had … they’ve stayed together, they’re a family. They expect to win. That’s what we’re coming here for. We’ve got a tough task ahead.” — UAB coach Bill Clark, on the Independence Bowl matchup.

NEXT UP

The season ends for both BYU and UAB with the bowl matchup. Final rankings will come out following the national championship on Jan. 10.

BYU SCHEDULE

Sept. 4 — BYU 24, Arizona 16

Sept. 11 — BYU 26, Utah 17

Sept. 18 — BYU 27, Arizona State 17

Sept. 25 — BYU 35, USF 27

Oct. 1 — BYU 34, Utah State 20

Oct. 9 — Boise State 26, BYU 17

Oct. 16 — Baylor 38, BYU 24

Oct. 23 — BYU 21, Washington State 19

Oct. 30 — BYU 66, Virginia 49

Nov. 6 — BYU 59, Idaho State 14

Nov. 13 — BYE

Nov. 20 — BYU 34, Georgia Southern 17

Nov. 27 — BYU 35, USC 31

Dec. 18 — Independence Bowl, BYU vs. UAB, 1:30 p.m., ABC

All times MT