UAB did not have enough to pull off the upset against Miami football in the first Power Five game of the 2020 season. What’d we learn?
UAB was a two-touchdown underdog on Thursday night as it traveled to South Beach to take on Miami and though the Blazers hung around for a while, the athleticism and speed of the Hurricanes was too much for UAB to overcome as they won 31-14.
The Blazers’ offense struggled to move the ball consistently on what is a pretty tough Miami defense and seven of their 14 points came off a fumbled punt by Miami. UAB has been praised for their tough defense, but they were gashed by the Miami ground attack, allowing over 300 yards rushing.
The bright spots were that the pass rush looked pretty good at times and that was a key to the game if the Blazers hoped to win, but aside from the fumble on the punt, UAB was unable to force any turnovers, which was a must with the firepower that Miami has on offense.
The secondary did well against the speedy receivers that Miami has, but the run defense was nonexistent and wound up costing the Blazers a chance to go on the road and pull off the upset.
Here are the three takeaways from Miami football’s win over UAB.