UAB Drops Conference USA Opener to Tulane, 49-10

Nick Adams returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's game.

Sept. 17, 2011

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB football team lost its Conference USA opener 49-10 Saturday to Tulane at Legion Field.

Nick Adams' 92-yard kickoff return for touchdown in the first quarter matched a school record and evened the score at 7-7, but Tulane responded with 21 straight points to open up its lead on the way to its first victory over the Blazers since 2004.

Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin completed 22 of 26 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns to lead the attack, while the Green Wave amassed 262 yards on the ground.

UAB dropped to 0-2 on the season (0-1 C-USA), while Tulane improved to 2-1 (1-1 C-USA). The Blazers hit the road next weekend for another league matchup at East Carolina at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT) on Saturday, Sept. 24.

"Just like I told the team and the staff, this one is me," UAB head coach Neil Callaway said. "We will come to work and evaluate what we are doing and see what we need to correct and see if we can get better."

UAB freshman kicker Ty Long made good on his first career field goal attempt in the third quarter to cut Tulane's lead to 28-10, but Griffin then connected on a pair of scoring passes to Joe Kemp and Matt Marfisi to extend the Green Wave's advantage to 42-10.

Tulane's second interception return for touchdown on UAB's next drive finished off the scoring for the day.

Adams was the top performer for UAB, logging a total of 194 kickoff return yards to set a new UAB record. He also added 31 receiving yards to finish with 225 all-purpose yards, just shy of cracking the top 10 in the UAB record book for a single-game effort.

Adams' return touchdown matched Frantrell Forrest's 92-yard return for a score on Oct. 13, 2007 for the longest in UAB history. That return was also against Tulane and came in the Green Wave's last trip to Birmingham.

Adams and Jackie Williams each tallied 31 receiving yards in the game, and UAB quarterback Bryan Ellis finished with 145 yards passing.

Tulane's Orleans Darkwa ran for two touchdowns and was one of three Green Wave backs to run for at least 60 yards.