Reaves Leads UAB Past Marshall, 38-31

Jackie Williams caught two passes and returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown.

Nov. 10, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) ---- Darrin Reaves rushed for 184 yards and two scores and linebacker Marvin Burdette became UAB's all-time leading tackler as the Blazers withstood a late Marshall rally to win 38-31 Saturday at Legion Field.

The Blazers picked up their second-straight Conference USA win of the season and moved to 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the C-USA. 

UAB's defense held Marshall's potent offensive attack to a season-low 337 total yards. The Thundering Herd came into Saturday's game with a 543 yards per game average.

Part of the Blazers' strong defensive effort came from linebacker Marvin Burdette, who registered 17 total tackles to give him 381 on the year -- a UAB all-time record. 

Reaves went over the 100-yard mark for the third-straight game with his 184-yard effort. The Birmingham, Ala., native also scored two touchdowns, giving him 13 rushing touchdowns for the year to establish a  new UAB single-season record. 

The Blazers led 31-7 with 5:23 left in the third quarter.

Within 2 minutes, the Thundering Herd roared back with a 10-yard TD pass from Rakeem Cato to Jazz King, followed by Kevin Grooms' 7-yard TD run and Justin Haig's 38-yard field goal with 7:18 remaining.

Reaves answered with a 17-yard TD, capping an 11-play, 80-yard drive with 2:50 left. 

Marshall (4-6, 1-5) then moved downfield quickly and efficiently, with Cato connecting with Tommy Shuler on 30- and 19-yard plays before finding Gator Hoskins for a 3-yard TD with 1:41 remaining.

UAB recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

The Blazers' Austin Brown threw two TD passes and Jackie Williams had a 79-yard punt return for a score.

UAB hosts Memphis on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT to close out the regular season home slate in the annual "Battle for the Bones."