Blazers win their second Conference USA Championship

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The UAB Blazers defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd in the Ryan Conference USA Championship on Friday night. The Blazers won 22-13 over the Thundering Herd at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia.

This is the Blazers second Conference USA Championship. The 2019 runner-up also won the Championships in 2018.

UAB Blazers players, coaches, and administration celebrate their second Conference USA Championship over the Marshall Thundering Herd
UAB Blazers players, coaches, and administration celebrate their second Conference USA Championship over the Marshall Thundering Herd (Photo by the UAB Blazers Football/Instagram)

The Thundering Herd fell to 1-2 on the title game. Their lone Championship game in 2014.

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Besides being the runner-up in 2020, the team was also the runner-up in 2013.

The Blazers improved to 6-3 on the season. The loss dropped the Thundering Herd to 7-2 on the season.

Blazers quarterback Tyler Johnston III went 12 of 22 for 252 yards. He had two touchdown passes.

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Spencer Brown also had 30 carries for 149 yards. Trea Shropshire had five receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown.

Thundering Herd quarterback Grant Wells went 8 of 23 for 138 yards. He had two touchdown passes.

Brenden Knox had 17 carries for 67 yards. Xavier Gaines had one reception for 70 yards and a touchdown.

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Hayden Pittman and Shropshire caught touchdown receptions for the Blazers. Following Pittman’s touchdown, UAB kicker Matt Quinn missed the extra point.

Quinn also made three field goals.

Artie Henry and Gaines caught touchdown receptions for the Thundering Herd. Following Gaines’ touchdown, the two-point conversion failed.

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