Blazers Upset No. 24 Miners, 35-23

Nov. 19, 2005

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EL PASO, Texas ----- Darrell Hackney threw four touchdown passes -- three of those to Reggie Lindsey -- as UAB beat No. 24 UTEP 35-23 Saturday night. The victory kept the Blazers' bowl hopes alive and snapped UTEP's nine-game home winning streak, denying the Miners a chance to clinch the league's Western Division title. Hackney completed 11 of 17 passes for 184 yards.

Hackney, the top passer in Conference USA with 2,718 yards coming in, completed 11 of 17 passes for 184 yards.

His biggest mistake was an interception that Quintin Demps returned 43 yards, setting up a 4-yard TD pass from Jordan Palmer to Aaron Givens to pull UTEP within 35-23 with 6:11 remaining.

Corey White ran for 106 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown for UAB and Lindsey finished with seven catches for 146 yards.

This matchup was slippery for UTEP. The Blazers had five losses by a combined 24 points, including a 17-10 defeat in their season opener at Tennessee and a pair of one-point setbacks on consecutive weekends last month to SMU and Marshall.

Johnnie Lee Higgins had a spectacular 82-yard punt return for a touchdown nullified by a penalty to end the third quarter, two of Palmer's three interceptions set up UAB touchdowns and UTEP's Marcus Thomas fumbled inside the 10 in the second period.

Coach Mike Price took several chances, though it didn't help his team.

The Miners used a fake field goal to gain a first down during the opening period, but it led only to a missed field goal. Twice, UTEP couldn't convert on fourth down, including at midfield with 12 minutes to play.

The Blazers led 35-16 with 9:20 remaining after Hackney threw his fourth touchdown pass, a 13-yard strike to Lindsey that sent many of the 47,967 fans to the exits. On the play before that, Hackney found Lindsey for an 18-yard pass on fourth-and-3.



Hackney also found Lindsey on scoring plays of 31 yards in the second period and 29 yards in the third. Hackney also threw a 3-yard TD pass to Chico Cleveland in the second quarter and White had a 14-yard scoring run as UAB led 21-3 at halftime.

UTEP had the ball for more than 11 minutes in the first quarter but only led 3-0 after Reagan Schneider's 27-yard field goal on the opening drive. Schneider also missed a 31-yard try on UTEP's next possession.

UAB closes out its regular season next Saturday when the Blazers travel to East Carolina (12:00 p.m. ET).