The UAB Blazers come into town on one of the coldest, wettest night here in Death Valley this season. They also have one of the best running backs in the nation in DeWayne McBride, who enters the contest with over 1400 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns on the ground. The weather could play into that against this Tiger defense.
The Blazers won the toss and elected to defer until the second half. Knowing that LSU has been a second half team this year, that could be favorable to the Blazers. Tigers receive the opening kickoff, Noah Cain would bring it out of from the one yard line and is taken down at the 21.
Immediately the Tigers get to work, Jayden Daniels hits a streaking Malik Nabers down the right sideline for 47 yards down to the Blazers 27. John Emery would cap off the drive with a touchdown from two yards out.
The Blazers not to be outdone, after a huge kick return by Nathan Dibert, were in for a score in just three plays.
This woke up the Tigers because they went on a 34-3 scoring drive. The cold freezing rain was like a splash in the face the Tigers needed to get things going. Jayden Daniels threw for nearly 300 yards and a touchdown, while also having another one hundred plus yard rushing night and adding another touchdown on the ground.
Noah Cain had the biggest contribution of the night with three rushing touchdowns and 76 yards on the ground. The junior running back stepped up big in his role tonight. “It all goes back to accountability.” said head coach Brian Kelly. “Noah Cain when he had the opportunity he made the most of it.”
Given the somewhat harsh weather conditions for south Louisiana for this time of year, the Tigers wanted to bounce back. The nearly freezing cold and light to moderate rain all night (it did rain in Death Valley) made the cold weather feel even colder.
The defense absolutely stifled the DeWayne McBride and allowed him ONLY 34 yards rushing. His longest rush on the night, a meager six yards.
While on the other side of the ball the tigers looked very balance 299 yards through the air and 266 on the ground.
The Tigers are heading into College Station at 9-2 and looking to leave with double digit wins.