UAB Dylan Hopkins: 19-23, 189 Yds, 3 TD, Int / BYU Baylor Romney: 15-23, 195 Yds
Highlights and Touchdowns: UAB 31-28 BYU in Independence Bowl
The UAB led much of the game as the Blazers defeated the BYU Cougars, a US Conference rival, and were crowned Champions at the Independence Bowl. Dylan Hopkins broke the Independence Bowl record for percentage of completions passed from the wind and pouring rain, connecting 19 of 23 passes for 189 yards and 3 TDs. A Samson Nacua fumble with 3:30 to play ended BYU's last chance to come back, as the Blazers used a strong running attack to end time with 9 consecutive plays for a well-deserved victory. With the loss, the Cougars end the year with a 10-3 record, missing the opportunity to achieve their highest postseason ranking in 26 years. They will have to wait until after the national championship on January 10 to find out where they finish in the final ranking. The Cougars finished last season at No. 11 and No. 5 in 1996.