D.J. Vinson ran for a UAB single-game record five touchdowns and the Blazers scored 41 unanswered points as the UAB football team defeated Alabama A&M, 41-14, Saturday at Legion Field.
Vinson had 106 yards on 25 carries for the Blazers (2-1). His five rushing touchdowns also tied the Conference USA mark for single-game rushing scores. UAB quarterback Cody Clements finished his day 18-of-23 for 228 yards.
The Bulldogs (1-2) went up 14-0 on a 77-yard punt return by Rashad Anderson late in the first quarter and a Brandon Wells 57-yard touchdown pass to Octayvius Miles early in the second.
Vinson scored three rushing touchdowns in the second quarter, taking UAB from a 14-point deficit to a 21-14 halftime lead. He and Ja'Won Arrington combined for three more UAB touchdowns in the third period to finish out the Blazers' scoring.
From then on, it was all Blazers, who scored 41 unanswered points.
"It was a big deal," UAB head coach Bill Clark said about his team's 41 unanswered points. "That's one thing that we can do, score in bunches. Other than a misjudged ball and getting our defense ready, I thought our defense played really well. We started giving the ball back to the offense a bunch and started scoring."
The UAB defense, which held Alabama A&M scoreless for close to three quarters, was led by four players who each recorded five tackles -- Calvin Jones, Jake Ganus, Diaheem Watkins and Jontavious Morris. Jones, as well as teammate and junior safety Bobby Baker, each recorded interceptions on Saturday.
The Blazers now have a week off before beginning Conference USA play on Saturday, Sept. 27 against FIU. UAB and the Panthers kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT at Legion Field.