Sept. 29, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Brown threw for three touchdowns and 337 yards in his first career start for UAB, but a late Tulsa touchdown gave the Golden Hurricane a 49-42 victory over the Blazers on Saturday afternoon at Legion Field.
Tulsa quarterback Cody Green passed for two scores and rushed for another for the Golden Hurricane (4-1, 2-0 Conference USA), who led 42-28 going into the fourth quarter.
The Blazers (0-4, 0-1) then rallied to score twice within two minutes to tie the contest at 42-42 with 9:26 remaining. After a Tulsa fumble, Darrin Reaves capped a 51-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run with 11:12 left. On UAB's next possession, Jamarcus Nelson caught a 50-yard pass from Austin Brown – his second long touchdown of the day.
Nelson and Brown connected for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the game. After today’s game, Nelson has four touchdown passes of at least 45 yards against Tulsa over the past two seasons. Last year, Nelson had touchdown receptions of 66 and 45 yards to go along with today’s 75 and 50-yarders.
With 7:54 remaining in the game, Tulsa’s DeAundre Brown intercepted a Brown pass at the UAB 31, setting up the game-winning drive. Alex Singleton, who rushed on five of the six plays and scored three touchdowns in the game, pushed the game winner through from six yards out for the Golden Hurricane with 5:16 left.
The Blazers looked to answer, driving from their 19 to the 46-yard line before Brown's fumble was recovered by Tulsa's Mitchell Osborne with 1:28 left.
Brown passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-30 passing in his debut for the Blazers. Running back Darrin Reaves recorded a career night with his first-ever three touchdown game, becoming the first UAB running back to accomplish the feat since Corey White on Oct. 7, 2006.