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