Nov. 09, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - UAB freshman running back Jordan Howard finished with 123 yards rushing on 22 carries for the Blazers, but the UAB football team could not overcome Marshall's strong offensive output in a 56-14 loss on Saturday.
Howard posted his second straight 100-yard rushing game and his third of the season. The Gardendale, Ala., native had 154 rushing yards against Middle Tennessee last Saturday and rushed for a season-high 159 yards on Oct. 12 at FIU.
UAB (2-7, 1-4 Conference USA) finished with 464 total offensive yards and 22 first downs, but could not overcome Marshall's 657 yards of total offense.
Junior running back Darrin Reaves finished just shy of the 100-yard rushing mark. Reaves finished with 98 yards on the ground and one touchdown, which moves him to No. 4 all-time at UAB in rushing touchdowns for a career with 23.
After the Thundering Herd scored on the opening drive of the game, the Blazers answered on their first offensive possession, scoring on a seven-play drive that resulted in Reaves' two-yard touchdown run.
With the score at 7-7 midway through the first quarter, Marshall quickly scored 21 unanswered points to seize control of the game.
For Marshall (6-3, 4-1 C-USA) Steward Butler ran for 139 yards, Essray Taliaferro had 118 and Kevin Grooms had 108. It was the first time three Marshall players rushed for at least 100 yards in a game.
Next up, UAB travels to East Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a 2 p.m. ET kickoff.