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Football looks to get first road win on Saturday

Football looks to get first road win on Saturday

October 09
19:04 2014

Akshay Mirchandani / Sports Editor

After a disappointing loss last week, the Mean Green football team looks to bounce back on Saturday against the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game can be viewed on TXA-21.

A loss for the Mean Green (2-3, 1-1) would mean that they can only lose two more games the rest of the season to be bowl eligible. However, last year’s Mean Green team was also 2-3 through five games and ended up winning the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

“Does this team have the talent, do we have the commitment, do we have the grit, do we have the resolve to do that again this year? We’re going to find out starting Saturday,” head coach Dan McCarney said.

UAB comes into this game at 3-2 overall and 1-1 in C-USA play. The Blazers are also 2-1 at home, while the Mean Green is 0-2 on the road.

“They’re an explosive team and they’re averaging around 37 points-per-game offensively,” McCarney said. “It’s impressive what they’ve done. They put up 500 yards of offense against Western Kentucky at their place, at their stadium the other day.”

The Mean Green defense allowed Indiana University to accumulate 593 yards of total offense last week, and 363 of those were rushing yards. McCarney said that will need to change against a UAB team that’s third in C-USA in total offense.

“Anytime you give up the yards that we did the other day and don’t play with real good fundamentals and don’t play nearly as good as we think we’re capable of playing you’re always worried about it,” McCarney said.

On the offensive side, redshirt freshman quarterback Dajon Williams will get his third straight start of the season. Williams had an up-and-down game against Indiana, throwing for 205 yards and three touchdowns, but also two interceptions. Williams said that this is a big game for the team.

“There’s a lot of urgency for the whole football team,” Williams said. “I feel like we’re real ready to hurry up and get another win on our shoulders, especially on the road. Just to show everybody in the community that we can do it, and prove to the coaching staff that we can do it.”

Senior offensive lineman Cyril Lemon said that the team is in good shape to try and make a run at the C-USA title and a bowl berth, but it starts on Saturday.

“[A loss] would put us back in conference definitely,” Lemon said. “It would set us back as far as mentally. We can’t do that. We’re not going to do that, we need to win.”

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