Blazers Can't Contain Mustangs, Fall 28-7 In C-USA Opener

UABSPORTS.COM The Blazer defense celebrates after forcing a first-quarter turnover to set up a UAB touchdown.
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The Blazer defense celebrates after forcing a first-quarter turnover to set up a UAB touchdown.
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Sept. 12, 2010

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DALLAS -- Zach Line rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns to lead SMU to a 28-7 victory against UAB on Saturday night in the Conference USA football opener for both teams.

Darius Johnson caught two touchdown passes from Kyle Padron as the Mustangs (1-1, 1-0 C-USA) beat the Blazers (0-2, 0-1 C-USA) for the fourth time in as many meetings since the schools became league rivals in 2005.

David Isabelle threw a 4-yard TD pass to Mike Jones for UAB's only score. It was set up three plays earlier when Bryant Turner forced an SMU fumble and D.J. Reese recovered to give the Blazers the ball in the red zone.

Isabelle, making his second start for UAB, finished 7-of-15 for 109 yards, including a career-long 50-yard connection with Frantrell Forrest.

Forrest, who led UAB with five receptions for 71 yards, nearly scored on that third-quarter play but had the ball stripped at the 1-yard line. It marked back-to-back possessions the Blazers had the ball near the goal line trailing by a touchdown but were unable to punch it in.

Later in the third, Padron hooked up with Johnson for the first of their two second-half scores to give the Mustangs a 21-7 cushion.

Johnson led SMU with seven receptions for 45 yards, while Padron finished 18-of-33 for 145 yards through the air.

UAB's Turner, in addition to his forced fumble, added two tackles for loss, including one sack, and a pass breakup. Marvin Burdette and Cornelius Richards finished with seven tackles each for the Blazer defense.

UAB steps back out of conference play next weekend to host in-state foe Troy on Saturday at Legion Field. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.