UAB's freshman running back Jordan Howard rushed for a team-high 154 yards on 23 carries against the Blue Raiders.
Nov. 02, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The UAB football team led for three quarters on Saturday, but it was not enough as Middle Tennessee's Cody Clark knocked in a 18-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to give the Blue Raiders a 24-21 win on Homecoming at Legion Field.
Tied at 21 after a UAB touchdown, the Blue Raiders (5-4, 3-2 Conference USA) drove 75 yards with 1:50 remaining. Reggie Whatley, who rushed for 155 yards, ran 33 yards on third down, and Logan Kilgore and Marcus Henry combined on a 33-yard passing play down to the one-yard line.
UAB, which did most of its damage on the ground with 56 rushing attempts compared to nine pass plays, led the entire way until Kilgore hit Henry on a 93-yarder for a Middle Tennessee 14-13 lead with 9:41 left in the game.
Stephen Roberts extended the lead to 21-13 with 6:26 left on a 40-yard interception return, before the Blazers (2-6, 1-3) then tied the game on a 70-yard drive with Jonathan Perry throwing a 21-yard scoring pass and adding a two-point run.
Blazer running backs Jordan Howard and Darrin Reaves each rushed for over 100 yards. Reaves eclipsed the 2,000 rushing yard mark for his collegiate career after his 111 yards on 27 carries and now has 2,087 yards in his career, which ranks fourth all time in UAB history.
Howard paced the Blazers' rushing attack with 154 yards on the ground off of 23 carries on the afternoon. It marked the second 100-yard game of his career.
UAB's defense stopped Middle Tennessee's offense for most of the afternoon, holding the Blue Raiders scoreless in the first half -- the first time the Blazers have held an opponent scoreless in a half since the Oct. 8, 2011 game against Mississippi State.
UAB now hits the road for two-straight games. The Blazers face Marshall in Huntington, W.Va., on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT, before trekking to Greenville, N.C. to go against East Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. CT.