Independence Bowl 2021: BYU football vs. UAB video highlights, score – Shreveport Times

The No. 14 BYU Cougars and UAB Blazers squared off in the 2021 Independence Bowl college football game Saturday at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium. 
The Blazers defeated the Cougars 31-28 in their first bowl appearance since 2019. 
UAB improved to 9-4 with the bowl victory, only the second in program history. 
With the loss, BYU ended the season with a 10-3 record. 
Check out the top plays from the game below. 
Independence Bowl 2021:Live updates, score for BYU football vs. UAB
Down 31-28 late in the fourth quarter, the BYU offense was driving down the field looking to tie or take the lead. Quarterback Baylor Romney completed a pass to receiver Samson Nacua for a first down and more into UAB territory, but Nacua couldn’t hang onto the ball. The Blazers recovered the fumble, which was confirmed by an official review, and took over possession. 
With the Blazers in the red zone, UAB coach Bill Clark opted to go for it on fourth down and 7 yards, and his quarterback delivered. Dylan Hopkins connected with wide receiver Trea Shropshire for a 14-yard touchdown pass, Hopkins’ third of the game, to give the Blazers a 31-28 lead and cap off a 15-play, 75-yard drive that chewed more than eight minutes off the clock. 
BYU quarterback Baylor Romney was pressured in the pocket but flipped a shuffle pass to fullback Masen Wake behind the line of scrimmage. Wake found a hole in the defense and reeled off a 29-yard run to the Blazers’ goal line. The fullback tried leaping into the end zone but was marked down at the 1-yard line, which set up a touchdown from running back Tyler Allgeier on the next play. 
After UAB took the lead on a field goal and forced a turnover on downs to regain possession, quarterback Dylan Hopkins threw a pass that bounced off the hands of his intended receiver. The ball nearly fell incomplete, but BYU defensive back Hayden Livingston scooped it out of the air for an interception. 
BYU didn’t waste much time in finding the end zone to open the second half. Running back Tyler Allgeier fought his way though a scrum at the line of scrimmage and broke free for a 62-yard touchdown with a little help from some downfield blockers. Allgeier’s second score of the game tied the Independence Bowl at 21-21 just three plays into the third quarter. 
UAB tight end Gerrit Prince released off a block into a route and was wide open in the end zone for quarterback Dylan Hopkins’ pass. The duo’s second score of the game and ensuing extra point gave UAB a 21-24 lead over BYU late in the second quarter, capping off a nine-play, 78-yard drive. 
Samson Nacua was sent in motion before the snap and took a handoff from quarterback Baylor Romney. From there, Nacua’s path to the end zone was cleared by a block from running back Lopini Katoa. The BYU score tied the Independence Bowl at 14-14 in the second quarter and capped off a five-play, 50-yard drive. 
BYU quarterback Baylor Romney had enough time in the pocket to find his younger brother, Gunner, open downfield for a 37-yard gain. Gunner Romney hauled in the catch with a UAB defender closing in at his back. The big play helped set up the Cougars’ game-tying touchdown in the second quarter. 
BYU capped off an eight-play, 72-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run from Tyler Allgeier. The score was Allgeier’s 21st of the season and cut UAB’s lead to 14-7 in the second quarter. 
BYU running back Tyler Allgeier broke a couple of tackles from UAB defenders en route to a 35-yard gain during a Cougars drive in the first quarter. 
UAB took a 14-0 lead over BYU in the first quarter on a 64-yard touchdown run from running back Dewayne McBride, who stiff-armed a defender and evaded another nipping at his heels as he ran into the end zone. 
The UAB offense capped off an eight-play, 60-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dylan Hopkins to tight end Gerrit Prince. The score and ensuing extra point gave the Blazers a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. 
BYU is coached by Kalani Sitake, who is in his sixth season with the Cougars. UAB is coached by Bill Clark, who’s in his sixth season with the Blazers.

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