UAB’s Johnston, Ubosi torch N. Illinois in Boca Raton Bowl

Northern Illinois wide receiver Xavier Ubosi, left, avoids a tackle by UAB safety Kyle Harrell (31) on his way to scoring a touchdown during the first half of the Boca Raton Bowl NCAA college football game, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Two seasons after shutting down its football program, UAB closed out the year on an electrifying note.