Blazers Drop Contest To Memphis, 46-9

Darrin Reaves spins to get around Memphis defensive back.

Nov. 17, 2012

Final Stats |  Photo Gallery 

Game BookGet Acrobat Reader

Notes and QuotesGet Acrobat Reader

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)--- Brandon Hayes ran for 127 yards and three scores and Jacob Karam threw three touchdown passes as Memphis defeated UAB 46-9 Saturday in Conference USA action at Legion Field.

The Blazers (3-8, 2-5) had come into the game with back-to-back wins over Southern Miss and Marshall and were looking to post a third consecutive conference victory for the first time since the 2004 season.

Fifteen UAB seniors were honored in preseason Senior Day ceremonies as the Blazers played their final home game of the season.

Hayes started the scoring for the Tigers just over six minutes into the game, capping a 66-yard drive with a 7-yard TD run. The Tigers (3-8, 3-4) led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter after Karam threw TD passes of 30 and 25 yards to Keiwone Malone and Alan Cross, respectively.

UAB scored its only points of the first half early in the second quarter on a 48-yard field goal by sophomore Ty Long.

The Blazers were limited to only 213 offensive yards with only 26 of those coming on the ground. Sophomore running back Darrin Reaves was held to only 38 rushing yards on 14 carries after averaging 191 yards the previous three games.

Karam found Jesse Milleson for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 6:41 left in the second quarter for a 28-3 halftime lead. The quarterback finished 14-of-16 passing for 147 yards.

Kennard Backman scored UAB's lone TD on a 4-yard pass from Austin Brown with 6:00 left. Memphis blocked the extra-point try and returned it for two points and the final 46-9 advantage.

Brown finished the game with 187 yards as he hit 23-of-41 passes.

Marvin Burdette, UAB's senior linebacker and the nation's leading tackler, was credited with 10 stops Saturday to boost his season total to 142 stops and his school record career total to 391.

The Blazers will conclude their 2012 season next Saturday when they travel to Orlando to play UCF. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. ET.