Blazers Fall To Tulane, 55-45

Darrin Reaves had 166 rushing yards and three touchdowns against Tulane.

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NEW ORLEANS ----- Ryan Griffin threw for 466 yards and five touchdowns Saturday to offset a 409-yard passing performance by UAB's Austin Brown and a 24-tackle effort by the Blazers' Marvin Burdetteas Tulane prevailed 55-45 in Conference USA play.

Griffin, who missed three weeks because of a shoulder injury, has topped 300 passing yards in Tulane's last three games. He has completed 79 of 118 passes, for 10 touchdowns and one interception during that span.

Griffin's 15-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Rush broke a 7-7 first-quarter tie and the Green Wave (2-6, 2-2) quickly extended that lead to 21-7 behind Griffin's 61-yarder to Ryan Grant.

Grant hauled in his second touchdown catch of the day, this time an 8-yarder, to give Tulane a 31-10 second quarter lead. The Blazers cut the margin to 31-17 with :18 remaining as Brown connected with tight end Kennard Backmanon a 1-yard touchdown pass.

UAB trimmed the Green Wave margin to 31-24 early in the third quarter as the Blazers drove 58 yards on five plays, capped by a 2-yard scoring run by Darrin Reaves. Reaves finished with his best game at UAB, rushing for 166 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 7.9 yards on 21 attempts. Reaves has nine rushing touchdowns this season, all in the last five games.

The Blazers had a pair of 100-yard receivers in the game as Jackie Williams had six catches for 143 yards and Nick Adamsfinished with 119 yards on five receptions.

UAB's final offensive total (622 yards) tied for the third-highest mark in school history.

Brown finished the game with 409 passing yards and three touchdown passes. He also threw three interceptions.

Burdette, the Blazers' senior linebacker, had his third consecutive stellar performance. His 24 tackles set a school record and followed back-to-back games of 17 stops the last two weeks. His game total equaled the second-highest number in C-USA history and was only two shy of the conference mark of 26 set by SMU's Bryce Hudman in 2007.

Burdette came into the game as the Conference USA leader in tackles, ranking No. 5 in the country.

Grant finished with 184 receiving yards on six catches while Rush caught eight passes for 126 yards.

UAB (1-7, 0-4) cut the deficit to 45-38 in the fourth quarter but Cairo Santos converted his second field goal of the game to seal the victory.