Blazers Suffer Setback in Opener Against Tulsa

Aug. 30, 2008

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - UAB quarterback Joe Webb, who rushed for 136 yards, threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns for the Blazers but UAB came up short by a 45-22 score in the season opener against Tulsa. The Blazers led 22-21 at halftime but were outscored 24-0 after intermission.

Tulsa's defense held strong in the second half, holding UAB to 21 yards of total offense in the third quarter. The Golden Hurricane outgained the Blazers, 314-133, in the second half.

"Well, obviously we are disappointed with the loss," said UAB head coach Neil Callaway. "Give Tulsa credit, particularly on offense. I thought they had a very challenging offense to defend. I'm really disappointed in the whole football team in the second half. We started making some mistakes offensively, we couldn't match them and then after that, we lost focus."

Tarrion Adams scored on a 9-yard run with 12:12 left in the third quarter to give Tulsa a 28-22 lead. Then Courtney Tennial added a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Golden Hurricane a 14-point lead in the third.

Charles Clay caught two touchdown passes for Tulsa, including a 73-yard score in the fourth. Brennan Marion had four catches for 125 yards.

Johnson connected with Jacob Collums on a 10-yard touchdown and had a 5-yard passing score to Clay in the first half.

Tulsa, which led the nation in total offense last year, had 601 total yards on offense. UAB totaled 414 yards on offense.

The Golden Hurricane went ahead 21-13 when Tarrion Adams scored on a three-yard run.

The Blazers cut the lead to 21-19 in the second quarter when Frantrell Forrest returned a kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown. Swayze Waters made a 32-yard field goal before halftime to give UAB a one-point lead.

UAB will look for its first win next weekend when the Blazers travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to play Florida Atlantic.