OHIO 41, UAB 6 (DECEMBER 22, 2017)
Dorian Brown tied a Bahamas Bowl record with four touchdown runs to lead Ohio to a 41-6 victory over UAB in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
The Bobcats (9-4) posted their first bowl game win since 2012 and the third bowl game win in the history of the Ohio program.
The Blazers, who reinstated their football program this year after a two-year hiatus, finished with an 8-5 record.
Ohio swept the postgame awards as Brown was named the Offensive Player of the Game and safety Javon Hagan was named the Defensive Player of the Game.
Brown scored on runs of 74, 9, 25 and 14 yards and ended the day with 152 yards rushing on just 12 carries. Hagan had a game-high nine tackles (six solo) and a forced fumble to lead the stout Ohio defense.
“It was a great win,” Ohio head coach Frank Solich said. “We certainly appreciate all this team has been about – the way they’ve gone through the season, the way they started to prepare for the Bahamas Bowl at home and then continue the preparation here. To end up playing a very, very good football game, I couldn’t be any more pleased. I feel like eight wins were not enough with this football team, so this ninth win puts a little icing on the cake.”
The Bobcats scored on their opening possession, marching 75 yards in 11 plays. Nathan Rourke hit D.L. Knock on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 6:41 gone in the contest.
Rourke then hit Papi White on a 56-yard TD strike on Ohio’s second possession with 3:40 left in the first quarter. White led all receivers in the contest with four catches for 106 yards and a score. Ohio missed the PAT as the Bobcats led 13-0.
Ohio made it 20-0 when Brown raced 74 yards for his first touchdown of the day with 12:26 left in the first half.
UAB got on the board with a 34-yard field goal by Nick Vogel to pull within 20-3 at the 7:28 mark of the second quarter.
Brown got his second touchdown of the game on an 9-yard run with 1:17 left in the first half. Louie Zervos made the PAT, and Ohio’s lead was 27-3 at intermission.
UAB took the second-half kickoff, marched 83 yards in 11 plays and converted on a 25-yard field goal by Vogel to pull within 27-6 with 10:46 left in the third quarter.
After a 34-yard punt return by Kylan Nelson gave OU the ball at the UAB 25, Brown raced in on the next play to make it 34-6 with 7:45 to play in the third period.
Brown’s fourth and final score of the day was a 14-yard scamper with 4:05 left in the third to wrap up the scoring.
“I missed two games last time we played,” Brown said. “It actually motivated me. I give a lot of props to the O-line as well, because they did a tremendous job blocking and making it easy for me to run the ball.”
A.J. Erdely completed 24-of-45 passes for 254 yards for the Blazers.
Rourke finished the day 12-of-18 passing for 185 yards and two touchdowns and ran three times for 30 yards to finish with 215 yards of total offense.
Ohio’s A.J. Ouellette ran eight times for 26 yards, which put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season at 1,006 yards in 13 games.
Ohio out-gained UAB 459-353 in total offense as the Bobcats evened the Bahamas Bowl series at 2-2 between the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA.
“This was not our day today,” UAB head coach Bill Clark said. “But this won’t take anything away from what this group has done. It was a historic year, our group has set the bar very high for the next UAB teams to come.”
Defensively for UAB, Anthony Rush and Tevin Crews had a team-high seven tackles each.
“Being from Florida, it felt good to get the heat again because it’s so cold in Ohio,” Hagan said. “The food was fantastic. This bowl is just a great experience. It’s definitely one of the best bowls I’ve experienced so far. The atmosphere, the water, the beach, the slides, it was just so fun. I felt like a little kid again.”
|Teams (Conference)||1||2||3||4||Final (Record)|
|UAB (C-USA)||0||3||3||0||6 (8-5)|
|Ohio (MAC)||13||14||14||0||41 (9-4)|
Attendance: 13,585; Time: 3:07; Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees
Head Coaches: UAB-Bill Clark; Ohio-Frank Solich
Offensive Player of the Game: Ohio RB Dorian Brown
Defensive Player of the Game: Ohio S Javon Hagan
|Qtr-Time||Team||Scoring Play - Scoring Drive (Plays-Yards-Time)||Score|
|1-8:41||OU||Knock 2 pass from Rourke (Zervos kick) 11-75-6:19||0-7|
|1-3:40||OU||White 56 pass from Rourke (kick failed) 3-70-1:20||0-13|
|2-12:26||OU||Brown 74 rush (Zervos kick) 1-74-0:15||0-20|
|2-7:28||UAB||Vogel 34 FG 6-55-1:42||3-20|
|2-1:16||OU||Brown 9 rush (Zervos kick) 9-63-6:12||3-27|
|3-10:46||UAB||Vogel 25 FG 11-83-4:14||6-27|
|3-7:45||OU||Brown 25 rush (Zervos kick) 1-25-0:09||6-34|
|3-4:05||OU||Brown 14 rush (Zervos kick) 6-67-3:08||6-41|
|NET YARDS PASSING||254||210|
|TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS||70-353||54-459|
|Average Gain Per Play||5.0||8.5|
|Average Yards Per Punt||41.8||43.2|
|Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD||1-5-0||2-57-0|
|Kickoff returns: Number-Yards-TD||6-121-0||2-28-0|
|Fumble Returns: Number-Yards||0-0||0-0|
|Time of Possession||29:34||30:26|
|3rd Down Conversions||3-15||2-7|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||0-1|
|Sacks by: Number-Yards||0-0||0-0|
UAB – Spencer Brown 13-37, James Noble III 5-32, A.J. Erdely 5-31, Donnie Lee 2-(-1). OU – Dorian Brown 12-152, 4 TD, Julian Ross 6-39, Nathan Rourke 3-20, A.J. Ouellette 8-26, Papi White 1-8, Quinton Maxwell 2-(-6).
UAB – Erdely 24-45-0, 254 yds.
OU – Rourke 12-18-0, 185 yds., 2 TD; Maxwell 1-3-0, 10 yds.; Andrew Meyer 1-1-0, 15 yds.
UAB – Andre Wilson 6-58, Ronnie Turner Jr. 4-67, Collin Lisa 4-55, Xavier Ubosi 4-20, Lee 2-2, Brown 1-26, Hayden Pittman 1-21, Logan Scott 1-4, Noble III 1-1. OU – Meyer 6-50, White 4-106, 1 TD, Troy Mangen 1-24, Rourke 1-15, Ouellette 1-13, D.L. Knock 1-2, 1 TD.
UAB – Joel Dixon 5-41.8, 50 long. OU – Michael Farkas 4-43.2, 54 long.