UAB victory could mean a bowl
By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff
Who would have thought the UH seniors would go into the final home game
of their careers looking for the team's first win of the season? But that
will be the case when the Cougars take the field against Alabama-Birmingham
at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Blazers are one win away from becoming bowl eligible as they visit
Houston for the first time. UAB is coming off a solid win against Texas
Christian, a team that pounded the Cougars 34-17.
UAB boasts one of the top defenses in the nation. The Blazers live or
die by the play of "The Steel Shield" defense.
The Blazers' rush defense ranks No. 1 in the nation and No. 4 in total
"We have a big task ahead of us," Cougar head coach Dana Dimel said.
"But I think we're going to go out and have an outstanding offensive performance.
I just feel good about our team. I think Kelly (Robertson) is going to
lead us to a big game on Saturday."
Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Middleton
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Conference opponents average a mere 52 yards per game rushing against
the Blazers' defense.
Senior defensive end Bryan Thomas leads the Blazer defense with 11 sacks
this season. His two sacks against TCU make him the Blazers' all-time sack
Dimel praised the seniors on the team for persevering through a winless
"They have great practices, they work their tails off," Dimel said.
"Their attitude has stayed great. All of them are trying to do things the
right way, staying positive when times haven't been the best for them."
Senior cornerback Bachie McGruder reflected on his career at UH.
"Of course we're disappointed with our record. But as far as hanging
it up and feeling sorry about it, no," McGruder said. "We're going to keep
our character and keep our heads up. This is only going to make us stronger.
"Later on down the road in life we'll be able to see what we learned
from this situation. It will build our character for sure, and the young
guys won't experience another season like this.
"This will be the team that I'll remember, not for the season and the
record, but for the team. I love each and every day I come out to practice
and see these guys. I've loved the time I've been at UH, I wouldn't change
it for anything in the world. I'll be rooting for them next year. Go Coogs."