Blazers Battle Past Southern Miss, 27-19

Quarterback Austin Brown throws a pass against Southern Miss.

Nov. 3, 2012

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Darrin Reaves rushed for a career-high 223 yards and two touchdowns and UAB erased a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat Southern Miss 27-19 Saturday night.

The Blazers have now beaten Southern Miss four-straight times after losing the first nine meetings in the all-time series. 

The Golden Eagles (0-9, 0-6 Conference USA) led 16-0 at the half, but the Blazers (2-7, 1-4) scored three second-half touchdowns and hit two long field goals to seal the comeback.

The Blazers, who outscored Southern Miss 27-3 in the second half, outgained the Golden Eagles 270 to 115 in the final 30 minutes. UAB had three turnovers in the first half, but none after intermission. 

UAB's Reaves rushed for 169 of his 223 yards in the third and fourth quarters and scored on plays of 14 and 8 yards. His two touchdowns on the night gave him 11 for the season -- all in the last six games -- to tie the UAB record for rushing scores in a season. 

The 223-yard total for the Birmingham, Ala., native represented the second-highest single-game mark in school history. 

Reaves' first touchdown put the Blazers on the board just after the half. His second put the game out of reach with 2:41 left.

UAB quarterback Austin Brown recovered from a shaky first half to complete 17 of his 29 pass attempts for 228 yards, including a third-quarter, 18-yard touchdown pass to Sam Accursio.

Sophomore kicker Ty Long connected on a 40-yard field goal with 8:51 left to give the Blazers their first lead of the game. Long also made a 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. 

UAB senior linebacker Marvin Burdette, the nation's leading tackler, finished with 11 stops in the game. Burdette has registered 69 tackles in the last four games. 

UAB will return home next Saturday to play host to Marshall in a 3:30 p.m. CT kickoff at Legion Field.