UAB coach Garrick McGee said he learned some things from the Blazers' 49-6 loss to No. 8 South Carolina on Saturday night.
And most of them were good lessons.
McGee was proud that UAB (0-2) was still in the game in the second half. He also was glad his team kept all-Southeastern Conference running back Marcus Lattimore mostly in check.
''I think we are getting in position to go after the Conference USA championship,'' said McGee, who is in his first year coaching. ''Even though the win column doesn't show it, we are a better football team than we were two weeks ago.''
The Blazers ran 79 plays to just 58 plays for South Carolina (3-0) and held the ball for more than 36 minutes.
UAB outgained the Gamecocks 178-130 in the first half, but D.J. Swearinger's 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown after the ball slipped out of quarterback Jonathan Perry's hands and a 19-yard punt from deep in UAB territory late in the second quarter put the Blazers in a 21-6 hole at halftime.