There would be no miracle comeback this time.
No punch to the gut for the Blazers.
UAB made sure of that early and often in the 28-7 Conference USA football victory.
Last year, Charlotte stunned the Blazers 25-24 in overtime for its only win of the season, scoring on a 2-point conversion on a reverse pass from the wide receiver to the quarterback after erasing a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit.
Saturday night, it was all Blazers.
Quarterback A.J. Erdely completed 13-of-16 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown in the first half as the Blazers didn’t let their foot off the gas in grabbing the 21-0 halftime lead.
Erdely attempted only two passes in the second half as the Blazers went in cruise control to improve to 3-1, 1-0 at Legion Field.
The 49ers fall to 2-3, 1-1.
UAB’s Spencer Brown, the league’s leading rusher with an average of 99 yards a game, scored a pair of 2-yard touchdowns and finished with 68 yards on 18 carries.
Charlotte, which was held to 77 total yards in the first half, finally got its offense untracked in the final seven minutes.
The 49ers had not crossed the UAB 30 until quarterback Chris Reynolds capped a 55-yard, four-play drive with a 4-yard touchdown run with 5 minutes, 51 seconds remaining.
Three who mattered
Erdely: The Blazers’ quarterback completed 13-of-16 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for a touchdown.
Benny LeMay: The 49ers’ running back led all rushers with 83 yards on 14 carries, but he also lost a fumble at the UAB 3 in the final 60 seconds.
Jeff Gemmell: The Charlotte junior linebacker led all tacklers with 10 stops, including eight unassisted and had the 49ers’ only sack.
▪ Chris Reynolds, who entered the game with 200-yards plus passing in three of his first four games, was 4-of-8 for 33 yards with an interception and a pair of sacks in the first half, but still almost got his 200 yards, finishing with 17-of-25 for 194.
▪ The Blazers tried to put Charlotte away early, but strong safety Ed Rolle got just enough of quarterback Tyler Johnston III to stop him inches short on a fourth-and-2 call from the Charlotte 40 with 13:27 left in the first half.
▪ UAB was 5-of-7 on third downs and Charlotte 0-of-4 in the first half. UAB finished 6-of-11 and the 49ers 4-of-13. The Blazers also finished with five sacks.
▪ Reynolds threw incomplete on a fourth-and-4 from the UAB 44 with 3:35 left in the third quarter and the 49ers trailing 21-0.
▪ UAB set a school record with its ninth straight home win.
▪ Charlotte had only 77 total yards in the first half, including only 22 on the ground.
▪ The 49ers held UAB to 46 total yards in the second half after allowing 184 in the first two quarters.
▪ Freshman Rico Arnold had six catches for 101 yards for the 49ers.
The 49ers will have a bye week next week before hosting Western Kentucky in a C-USA showdown on Oct. 13th.
UAB 28, Charlotte 7
UAB—Wilson 35 pass from Erdely (Vogel kick), 11:15
UAB—S.Brown 2 run (Vogel kick), 3:41
UAB—Erdely 4 run (Vogel kick), 4:28
CHA—Reynolds 4 run (Cruz kick), 5:51
UAB—S.Brown 2 run (Vogel kick), 3:41
Time of Possession
RUSHING—Charlotte, LeMay 14-83, Klugh 3-11, McAllister 6-7, Camp 1-1, Bent 1-(minus 4), (Team) 1-(minus 5), Reynolds 8-(minus 24). UAB, S.Brown 18-68, Street 2-21, Erdely 10-21, L.Stanley 1-7, Ty.Johnston 1-1, (Team) 2-(minus 2).
PASSING—Charlotte, Reynolds 17-25-1-194. UAB, Wilson 0-1-0-0, Ty.Johnston 1-1-0-0, Erdely 13-16-0-214.
RECEIVING—Charlotte, R.Arnold 6-101, Quattlebaum 3-49, Kofa 2-8, McAllister 2-4, Phillips 1-12, LeMay 1-11, V.Tucker 1-6, Tyler 1-3. UAB, Lisa 3-56, Wilson 2-67, Ubosi 2-46, Watkins 2-19, Parham 2-11, L.Stanley 1-8, S.Brown 1-6, Lee 1-1.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.