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(Saturday, September 29)
Final Score: Tulsa 49, UAB 42
Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) - Alex Singleton rushed for three touchdowns to propel the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to a 49-42 victory over the UAB Blazers in an action packed Conference USA thriller at Legion Field.
Tulsa (4-1, 2-0 C-USA) scored five rushing touchdowns in the contest. Trey Watts gained a team-best 93 yards and scored a touchdown. Singleton finished with 58 yards. Cody Green completed 23-of-39 passes for 237 yards and two scores with an interception. Willie Carter reeled in seven receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown to lead the Golden Hurricane's wideouts. Daeshon Bufford recorded eight tackles and three sacks to anchor the defense.
In his first start of the season, Austin Brown paced UAB (0-4, 0-1) by throwing for 337 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-30 passing. Brown did see some trouble, as he was intercepted once and sacked seven times. Jamarcus Nelson made some huge plays along the way to 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Although Darrin Reaves gained 61 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns, the Blazers finished with just one rushing yard as a team.
It did not take Brown much time at all to make an impact in his first start. The Blazers' quarterback completed a 75-yard touchdown pass to Nelson on UAB's first play from scrimmage to give his team an early, 7-0 advantage.
However, Brown was sacked and fumbled on UAB's next possession. Tulsa took advantage of the short field and Singleton scored on a three-yard rush on the second play of the drive to tie up the score.
UAB came right back with a five-play, 75-yard drive which was finished off by a 5-yard pass from Brown to Patrick Hearn. The Golden Hurricane answered with a 57-yard drive and Singleton's second rushing touchdown. Tulsa took its first lead of the game with 1:49 remaining in the first frame as Green completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Carter which put their squad up, 21-14.
The Blazers received a boost from their special teams unit as Dere Slaughter blocked a punt which resulted in great field position to start their next drive. Reaves punched it in from a yard out which made it 21-21 with 13:24 to go in the first half.
Tulsa recovered and Green produced a pair of touchdowns. First, Green completed an 11-yard strike to Keyarris Garrett for a score through the air. Later, Green managed to break away for a 45-yard run into the end zone which put Tulsa ahead, 35-21 heading into halftime.
UAB inched back in the third period, as Reaves scored his second touchdown of the day by rushing two yards across the goal line. The Golden Hurricane came right back with a six-play, 71-yard drive which was finished off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Watts. The score by Watts gave Tulsa a 42-28 lead as the game progressed into its final frame.
The Blazers rallied early in the fourth quarter as Reaves scored his third touchdown on a three-yard run with 11:12 left to play. Less than two minutes later, Brown found Nelson for a 50-yard touchdown pass which put the contest in a 42-42 deadlock.
Brown made a costly mistake later in the period, as he was intercepted by DeAundre Brown, which gave Tulsa the ball at UAB's 31-yard line. The Golden Hurricane made the most of Brown's mistake and fed Singleton the ball five times until he scored the go-ahead touchdown.
UAB had another chance, but Brown fumbled after being sacked which ended the Blazers' chances of a win.
The Golden Hurricane averaged 5.2 yards per carry while UAB finished with just one rushing yard on 35 attempts.
09/29 20:02:59 ET
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