Sept. 22, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Senior Nick Adams returned a blocked punt 20 yards for a touchdown and sophomore Ty Long connected on three field goals, including a school record 54-yarder to give No. 16 Ohio State (4-0) all it could handle Saturday, but UAB (0-3) dropped the contest 29-15 in front of a crowd of 105,019 at Ohio Stadium.
The Blazers, who held an early 9-0 advantage, started the second half by recovering an onside kick - the second this season with the first coming against Troy - but were undone by four chop-block penalties and a giveaway with a minute left in the first half that led to a score.
After Adams returned blocked punt for a touchdown - the first Blazer to do so since 2003 - UAB led
Long was responsible for the remainder of the Blazers' points, hitting 3-of-4 field goals on the day. His career-long 54-yard kick late in the second quarter was the longest field goal in UAB history. It was also the third-longest in Ohio Stadium history and the fifth-longest ever against the Buckeyes. Long made his first three field goals of the game before missing a 47-yarder midway through the fourth quarter. The miss snapped his consecutive successful field goal streak at 12, which dated back to last year.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Brown saw the most significant action of his young Blazer career after replacing starter Jonathan Perry. Brown finished the contest with 196 yards on 21-of-35 passing.
Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns and Ohio State overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled effort to hold off UAB. Miller completed passes for 12, 14 and 18 yards and ran for 26 yards to set up his own clinching 1-yard TD run with 5:03 left.
UAB returns home next Saturday when the Tulsa Golden Hurricane visit Legion Field. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. CT.