BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Savannah State opened their 2018 football season with a 52-0 loss to Alabama-Birmingham in a game played at Legion Field.
The crowd of 27,124 saw the Blazers score on their first possession to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Chris Woolbright returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter as UAB rattled off 21 points as they took a 28-0 lead into the half.
UAB added ten more points in the third quarter as they expanded their lead to 38-0. The final quarter saw the Blazers add two more touchdowns as they took a 52-0 advantage with 3:23 remaining.
Savannah State ended the contest with 178 offensive yards while picking up 12 first downs.
The Tigers (0-1) only crossed midfield twice during the game. Their best drive took place in the final quarter when they used nine players to drive from their own 25 to the UAB 42
Rashad Saxton ran for 46 yards while Jaylen McCloud added 43 and D’vonn Gibbons had 40. Gibbons completed one of nine passes for 23 yards which was caught by D’Andre Snead.
Defensively, John Wilson had an interception while Isaiah Bennett and Mulik Simmons both had nine tackles.
The Blazers (1-0) rolled up 548 yards of offense while making 36 first downs.
Spencer Brown ran for 102 yards and a touchdown, A. J. Erdley completed 22 of 28 passes for 228 yards and Collin Lisa caught ten passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Kris Moll paced the defense with five tackles.
Courtesy: SSU Athletics