Miami Wins Opener Thursday Night, 31-14, Over UAB

September 11, 2020 by Staff

This week's slate of college football games kicked off on Thursday with Miami (FLA) winning its opener 31-14 at home over UAB. The game was played in front of just 8,153 fans despite having an allowance for 13,000. Miami students are not allowed to attend the first two home games.

The Hurricanes racked up 495 total yards, paced by Houston transfer QB D'Eriq King who threw for 144 and a TD and ran for 83 and another score. Cam'Ron Harris had 134 yards rushing and 2 TD's on just 17 carries.

The Blazers didn't look like they were playing their second game of the season, committing 11 penalties and constantly putting themselves in long yardage situations for 1st-down conversions. They wound up with only 14 first downs and 285 total yards.

Miami is 1-0 for the first time since 2017 when it opened the season vs. Bethune-Cookman. The 'Canes fell to Florida at the start of last season, and LSU in 2018.


There are 6 FBS-FCS matchups this week.

The number of FBS vs. FCS games on the schedule this season increased by two when it was announced that Virginia had added a visit from Abilene Christian, and FIU set a home date with Jacksonville State. That brings the total number of FBS-FCS games 33 with 29 different FBS schools playing at least one such game. Army has 3 such games on its schedule.

There were 4 such games over the Labor Day weekend and FBS team went 4-0.

That makes the FBS teams 1,439-127 (.919) since we began tracking this in 2003..

Last year, FBS teams were 111-3 (.974) in such games.

These were the FCS wins vs. the FBS in the previous 2 seasons:

August 29: Central Arkansas 35, Western Kentucky 28
September 7: Southern Illinois 45, Massachusetts 20
September 14: The Citadel 27, Georgia Tech 24 (OT)

August 29: UC Davis 44, San Jose State 31
September 1: Villanova 19, Temple 17
September 1: Northern Arizona 30, UTEP 10
September 1: Nicholls State 26, Kansas 23 (OT)
September 2: North Carolina A&T 28, East Carolina 23
September 8: Maine 31, Western Kentucky 28
September 22: Illinois State 35, Colorado State 19


CLEMSON - Over-all winning streak ends at 29 (was FBS longest). Won 29 straight regular season games (FBS longest) games. Won 21 straight conference games (FBS longest). Won 22 straight home games (FBS longest). Won 12 straight true road games (FBS longest).
Last: Lost 42-25 to LSU in the national championship in New Orleans on January 13, 2020.
Next: Season opener at Wake Forest on September 12.

LSU - 16-game over-all winning streak (FBS longest).
Last: Won 42-25 over Clemson in the national championship game in New Orleans on January 13.
Next: Season opener at home vs. Mississippi State on September 26.

ARKANSAS - Lost 19 straight conference games, 9 straight road games, and 9 straight overall. All of those streaks are the current FBS longest among teams playing this Fall season.
Last: Lost 24-14 at home to Missouri on November 29, 2019.
Next: Season opener at home vs. Georgia on September 26.

UTEP - Ended 11-game overall losing streak with a 24-14 opening win over FCS member Stephen F. Austin. That had been the FBS longest overall losing skid among those teams playing this fall season. UTEP still has a 14-game losing streak to FBS schools. The Miners opened the 2019 season with a win over FCS member Houston Baptist, then lost every game after that to finished 1-11.
Last: Won 24-14 at home over FCS member Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, September 5..
Next: At Texas on Saturday, September 12.

SOUTH ALABAMA - Ended 15-game road losing streak (was FBS longest).
Last: Won 32-21 at Southern Miss on Thursday night, September 3.
Next: Home vs. Tulane on Saturday, September 12.

Streaks (Involving teams NOT playing this fall, but longer than those above)

RUTGERS - Lost 21 straight conference games (FBS longest). Lost 13 straight road games (FBS longest)
Last: Lost 27-6 at Penn State on November 30, 2019.
Next: Rutgers, and all of the Big Ten, is sitting out the Fall season.

AKRON - Lost 17 straight overall (FBS longest). Lost 8 straight home games (FBS longest).
Last: Lost 52-3 at home to Ohio on November 26, 2019.
Next: Akron, and all of the MAC, is sitting out the fall season.

UCONN - Lost 19 straight conference games.
Last: Lost 49-17 at Temple on November 30, 2019.
Next: UConn, which left the American Conference at the end of last season and became an Independent, is sitting out the Fall season.