2014 UAB Blazers football team

The 2014 UAB Blazers football team represented the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the East Division of Conference USA (C-USA). They were led by first year head coach Bill Clark and played their home games at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

2014 UAB Blazers football
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ConferenceConference USA
DivisionEast Division
2014 record6–6 (4–4 C-USA)
Head coachBill Clark (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorBryant Vincent (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorDuwan Walker (1st season)
Base defense4-2-5 Multiple
Home stadiumLegion Field
(Capacity: 71,594)
Seasons
← 2013
2017 →
2014 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 23 Marshall x$   7 1         13 1  
Middle Tennessee   5 3         6 6  
Western Kentucky   4 4         8 5  
UAB   4 4         6 6  
Old Dominion*   4 4         6 6  
FIU   3 5         4 8  
Florida Atlantic   2 6         3 9  
West Division
Louisiana Tech x   7 1         9 5  
Rice   5 3         8 5  
UTEP   5 3         7 6  
UTSA   3 5         4 8  
North Texas   2 6         4 8  
Southern Miss   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Marshall 26, Louisiana Tech 23
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * Ineligible for postseason bowl due to transition from FCS
As of 22:24, 20 December 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll

After defeating Southern Miss in the final regular season game on November 29, 2014, UAB became bowl eligible for the first time since 2004. Three days later, UAB president Ray Watts announced that the Southern Miss victory would be the last for the program; the university would not field a team after 2014. Despite the troubles following the year, the season itself was viewed as a success. The Blazers boasted one of the best Special Teams units in the country (led by Special Teams Coordinator Daric Riley), became bowl eligible for the first time in years, and Bill Clark won the Conference USA Coach of the Year award. Nonetheless, they became the first FBS team to stop sponsoring football since the Pacific Tigers.[1]

Despite being bowl eligible, UAB was not invited to a bowl game.

On June 1, 2015, Watts announced they were beginning the process to reinstate football, and the program was reinstated for the 2017 season.[2][3]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3011:00 a.m.Troy*FCSW 48–1027,133
September 61:00 p.m.at Mississippi State*SECRNL 34–4757,704
September 132:30 p.m.Alabama A&M*
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
ASNW 41–1429,604
September 272:30 p.m.FIU
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
ASNL 20–3416,133
October 46:00 p.m.at WKUW 42–3914,923
October 112:30 p.m.North Texas
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
ASNW 56–2120,365
October 182:30 p.m.at Middle TennesseeFCSL 22–3418,717
October 2511:00 a.m.at Arkansas*SECNL 17–4561,800
November 16:00 p.m.at Florida AtlanticASNW 31–2817,724
November 811:00 a.m.Louisiana Tech
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
ASNL 24–409,457
November 2211:00 a.m.No. 18 Marshall
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
ASNL 18–2328,355
November 292:30 p.m.at Southern MissASNW 45–2417,103
Schedule Source:[4]

Game summariesEdit

TroyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 7 3 0 0 10
Blazers 17 7 14 10 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–7 2013 Troy, 34–31

Mississippi StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 3 17 7 7 34
Bulldogs 13 13 21 0 47
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 2011 Mississippi State, 21–3

Alabama A&MEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 0 0 14
Blazers 0 21 20 0 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

FIUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 14 10 10 34
Blazers 7 6 0 7 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2013 UAB, 27–24

WKUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 14 0 21 7 42
Hilltoppers 20 7 12 0 39
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 1997 UAB, 20–16

North TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 0 14 0 7 21
Blazers 14 21 21 0 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1995 UAB, 19–14

Middle TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 6 9 7 0 22
Blue Raiders 14 7 0 13 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2013 Middle Tennessee, 24–21

ArkansasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 0 0 10 7 17
Razorbacks 14 21 10 0 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Florida AtlanticEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 7 14 7 3 31
Owls 0 7 0 21 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 2013 Florida Atlantic, 37–23

Louisiana TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 14 10 6 10 40
Blazers 3 7 7 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 1999 Louisiana Tech, 41–20

MarshallEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Thundering Herd 7 10 0 6 23
Blazers 3 3 6 6 18
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–7 2013 Marshall, 56–14

Southern MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 14 7 14 10 45
Golden Eagles 0 7 10 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–10 2013 Southern Miss, 62–27

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wolken, Dan (December 2, 2014). "UAB Shuts Down Its Football Program". USA Today. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "UAB Blazers to Reinstate Football Program". fbschedules.com. June 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "UAB Football to Return for 2017 Season". fbschedules.com. July 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "2014 UAB Blazers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 5, 2014.