UAB Defeats Troy, 27-7

Sept. 10, 2005

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TROY, Ala. (AP) - Senior quarterback Darrell Hackney completed 25-of-38 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns as UAB defeated Troy 27-7 Saturday night.

The Blazers took control of the game early, blocking a punt and returning an interception for a touchdown in the first half.

UAB defensive end Larry McSwain intercepted a Carl Meadows pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to put the Blazer up 14-0 with 2:05 to play in the first quarter.

The Blazers' defense dominated the Troy offense intercepting four passes and sacking quarterback Carl Meadows five times.

UAB held Troy to only 190 yards of offense, marking the first time since the 2001 season that the Blazers have limited an opponent to less than 200 yards.

Troy's only score came on a 73-yard punt return by Ledois McKelvin in the third quarter. UAB put the game away on its next possession, driving the length of the field for a touchdown.

Corey White was the Blazers top rusher with 18 carries for 96 yards. UAB had 10 players catch passes, led by Reggie Lindsey leading the way with six catches for 79 yards.

Hackney moved into ninth place on Conference USA's all-time list for passing yards in the game. The Atlanta native moved ahead of former Southern Miss QB Jeff Kelly and now has thrown for 7,284 in his career.

The Trojans were led by tailback Joel Whinghter who rushed seven times for 29 yards and wide receiver Smokey Hampton who caught four passes for 90 yards.

The UAB victory broke a 10-game home winning streak for Troy and narrowed the Trojans series lead to 3-2.

The Blazers will be back in action next week when they play their home opener at Legion Field, taking on Jacksonville State at Legion Field (6:00 p.m. CT).