The Deseret News is providing live coverage from today’s Independence Bowl game between No. 13 BYU and UAB. Follow along for updates throughout the day.
BYU’s 2021 season that was highlighted by six wins over Power Five opponents ended on a sour note, as the Cougars fell to a Conference USA foe Saturday in the Independence Bowl.
UAB led much of the game as the Blazers knocked off No. 13 BYU 31-28.
Samson Nacua’s fumble with three and a half minutes to play ended BYU’s last chance to rally, as the Blazers used a pounding rushing attack to run out the clock for the upset win.
With the loss, BYU finishes the year with a 10-3 record and must wait until after the national championship on Jan. 10 to find out how far the loss with drop them in the final rankings.
UAB 31, BYU 28
6:17 — BYU is going to have to rally again, after UAB went on an impressive 15-play, 75-yard drive that took 8:16 off the clock to regain the lead.
Worse yet for BYU, the Blazers retook the lead on a fourth-and-7 play, when Dylan Hopkins hit Trea Shropshire for a 14-yard touchdown.
14:33 — The Cougars finally have a lead, turning a UAB turnover into seven points after Tyler Allgeier scored on a 1-yard run, his third rushing touchdown of the game.
Allgeier’s touchdown was set up by a 29-yard shovel pass to Masen Wake, as the Cougars marched 52 yards in eight plays for the go-ahead score.
UAB 24, BYU 21
The Cougars haven’t led yet in this game, but they will have a chance to grab the lead early in the fourth quarter after a Hayden Livingston interception off a tipped pass gave BYU good field position and the Cougars are driving.
BYU had a chance to score on its previous drive, but was short on a fourth-and-1 play. The Cougars are 1 of 4 on fourth-down plays so far.
7:27 — UAB regained the lead, going 54 yards in 11 plays to take a three-point lead on a 38-yard field goal from Matt Quinn. The Blazers have yet to trail in the bowl game.
13:43 — Tyler Allgeier, as he’s done all season, gave the BYU offense the boost it needed, rumbling 62 yards for a touchdown on the opening possession of the second half. He’s now 8 yards shy of breaking the BYU single-season rushing record of 1,582 yards set by Luke Staley in 2001.
The Cougars and Blazers are now tied again after that quick three-play, 75-yard drive.
UAB 21, BYU 14
The Cougars have looked lethargic through much of the first half and find themselves trailing by seven at the break.
UAB’s Dylan Hopkins has carved up the BYU secondary, completing 12 of 12 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns, as the Blazers have outgained BYU 214 to 182 in total yards.
Baylor Romney, playing in place of Jaren Hall, has completed 9 of 13 passes for 97 yards, while Tyler Allgeier is already over the century mark with 101 rushing yards and one touchdown.
3:18 — UAB had a perfect answer to BYU’s 14-point scoring run, going on a nine-play, 78-yard drive capped by a 23-yard Gerrit Prince touchdown catch from Dylan Hopkins. Hopkins has completed all 12 of his pass attempts for 106 yards, and UAB converted two third downs on the drive.
8:19 — BYU has the momentum now, after scoring for a second straight possession. The Cougars marched 50 yards on just five plays — sparked by a 37-yard reception by Gunner Romney — and scored on a 2-yard Samson Nacua run.
BYU’s defense set up the score by forcing UAB into a quick three-and-out deep in its own end of the field.
12:48 — The Cougars rode workhorse Tyler Allgeier to a much-needed touchdown, as BYU trimmed its deficit in half on an eight-play, 72-yard drive. Allgeier accounted for all 72 yards on the ground on the drive on seven carries, before scoring on a 1-yard run.
UAB 14, BYU 0
The Blazers captured momentum in the first quarter and have ridden it to a two-score lead. Baylor Romney started at QB for BYU in place of an injured Jaren Hall, and the Cougars’ offense has struggled with two possessions netting 0 points. UAB, meanwhile, has two touchdowns and has outgained BYU 141 to 64 in total offense.
1:02 — BYU finds itself in a big hole before the first quarter ends, as UAB responds after the Cougars’ second drive stalled in Blazer territory. DeWayne McBride, UAB’s star running back, ripped off a 64-yard touchdown run two plays after the Blazers’ defense got a stop on fourth down, and the Cougars trail 14-0.
6:26 — UAB took the early lead, marching 60 yards on eight plays for a touchdown after BYU’s first drive was a three-and-out. Gerrit Prince caught a 10-yard pass from Dylan Hopkins for the opening score.
- Due to inclement weather, kickoff has been pushed back from 1:30 p.m. MT to 1:41 p.m.
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