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Turnovers doom Mean Green in loss to UAB

Turnovers doom Mean Green in loss to UAB

October 11
18:57 2014

Ehsan Azad / Staff Writer

In a game filled with turnovers, the Mean Green football team fell on the road 56-21 to the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday.

“It is a sorry excuse for Mean Green football, wish our fans won’t desert us but they have every right to after today,” head coach Dan McCarney said. “This is a sorry excuse for college football, coaches and players alike. I don’t know what team was out there today.”

The game didn’t start out well for the Mean Green (2-4, 0-2) after redshirt freshman quarterback Dajon Williams fumbled the ball midway through the first quarter, and UAB (4-2, 2-1) returned it 40-yards for a touchdown. On the next Mean Green possession, Williams threw an interception that was returned for another Blazers score. UAB scored two more times to build a commanding 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

“[Williams] looked like a guy that was an eighth grade trying to move up to ninth grade football today,” McCarney said. “He had no idea what he was doing, looked like he was poorly coached, just a bad excuse for a Division-I college football quarterback.”

The Mean Green finally got onto the board with five minutes left in the first half, as junior running back Antoinne Jimmerson scored on a 27-yard run to cut the deficit to 28-7.

UAB responded with another touchdown, but the Mean Green managed to end the half with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Williams to junior tight end Marcus Smith. North Texas went into halftime down 35-14.

The second half didn’t get any better for the Mean Green. On the team’s second possession, Williams threw his second interception of the game that was returned for a touchdown.  On the ensuing drive, Williams committed his fourth turnover of the game, fumbling the football inside Mean Green territory. That helped set up a one-yard touchdown run by UAB junior quarterback Cody Clements, putting the Blazers up 49-14.

The Mean Green fumbled again on its next possession, which set up another Blazers touchdown. Junior quarterback Andrew McNulty would take over at quarterback for the Mean Green late in the game, and led a three-play, 49-yard touchdown drive that put the final score at 56-21.

“I am not just disappointed, I am embarrassed and I don’t know how tough of a football team we have,” McCarney said. “If we aren’t a tough football team, you can’t win on game day.”

The Mean Green will now prepare to face Southern Mississippi University next Saturday. The game will kickoff at 6 p.m. at Apogee Stadium.

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