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Blazers outlast Marshall
Sophomore Darrin Reaves willed the Blazers to another victory. The recent play of the 5-10, 210 lb. running back has catapulted the Green and Gold to back-to -back victories, and he was the one of the only reasons the Tulane game was close. Rushing for 188 yards on 32 carries for two scores, adding 37 yards on six receptions, the Birmingham native stole the spotlight for what was a record setting day for senior linebacker Marvin Burdette.
Burdette set the UAB school record for most tackles in a career, passing Zac Woodfin whose mark stood at 372 tackles. Burdette entered the game needing 8 tackles, he more than double the mark he need to hit, bringing down 17 opponents. This marks the 4 out of 5 games where the senior has had 17 or more tackles.
The offense at times looked unstoppable, however the redshirt freshman quarterback was struck by the turnover bug, giving the ball away on four separate occasions, two of those resulting in touchdowns for Marshall. His three interceptions were blemishes on an otherwise good day for Austin Brown who threw for 197 yards, 2 TD’s on 20-34 passing.
After giving Marshall a touchdown after losing a fumble, Jackie Williams ignited the Blazer offense on a 79 yard punt return for a touchdown. Williams scored on their next two drives, sending the Blazers into halftime with a 24-7 lead. The defense held Marshall’s high powered passing attack to just 53 yards in the first half.
The second half opened much like the first, with UAB moving the ball effectively and holding Marshall to a three and out then scoring a touchdown, extending the lead to 31-7.
That’s when Rakeem Cato and the Marshall offense found its rhythm. The Thundering Herd scored ten unanswered before UAB put the ball back into Darrin Reaves hands, who then rushed six straight times before putting the ball in the endzone on a 17 yard scamper, successfully putting the game out of reach for UAB.
UAB successfully cut the penalties down for the first time this season as they only had 5 for 30 yards. The Green and Gold out-gained Marshall and won the time of possession battle to overcome their turnovers.
Legion Field will welcome Memphis this week in the Battle of the Bones. UAB dominates the series 10-4, including a three year winning streak. The Blazers should have no problems running or passing on their rivals, nor have problems stopping them. Memphis is 111 in the nation in passing yards a game and 88 in rushing yards. Most Conference teams have inflated offensive stats due to the lack of defense in C-USA; however Memphis still has low totals in both categories. Memphis is coming off of a win against Tulane who recently upset the Blazers.
The Battle of the Bones will kick off Saturday at 1 p.m. at Legion Field as the Blazers will try to extent the streak to three straight wins.