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Blazers blasted by UTSA, 52-31
UAB outscored UTSA over the final three quarters Saturday, but it was a slow start by the Blazers that made the difference at the Alamodome as the Roadrunners claimed the Conference USA victory, 52-31.
UAB’s conference record for the season is now 1-3 and 2-5 for the season overall. Both schools were coming off of a bye week this weekend. UAB scored 27-24 against FIU the previous week as kicker Ty Long booted a 28-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining on the game clock. The Roadrunners fell to Rice, 27-21, two weeks ago.
Saturday’s meeting was the first between the two schools. UTSA is in its first year as a C-USA member. UTSA quarterback Eric Soza threw to 11 different receivers for a total of 235 yards and two touchdowns to lead an offense that totaled 523 yards. The Blazers nearly matched the Roadrunners in yardage, tallying 506 yards.
Jonathan Perry came off the bench for UAB (2-5, 1-2 C-USA) to throw for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns while running 60 more yards. Perry connected with Darrin Reaves for a 21-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter and then hit wide receiver Jamarcus Nelson for a 28-yard score in the fourth period.
Nelson, who finished with 101 receiving yards on five catches, was playing for the first time since the Sept. 28 contest at Vanderbilt due to injury.
Soza, who also rushed for 48 yards, led UTSA (3-5, 2-2 C-USA) to a 24-0 advantage in the first quarter. The Roadrunners scored on their first five possessions to take a 38-10 lead at halftime. UTSA had 183 yards and 11 first downs in the first quarter alone.
Turnovers killed the Blazers as they lost the pigskin over 3 times including a fumbled kickoff returned 18 yards for a score by the second year FBS program which ended the first quarter with the Blazers down 24-0.
Brandon Armstrong, who rushed for 54 yards on four carries, got UTSA on the board with a 22-yard run. Armstrong also hauled in a 51-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Evans Okotcha scored from 10 yards out to stretch the lead to 45-10 in the third quarter.
Reaves scored a pair of touchdowns for UAB, adding an 18-yard scoring run for the final points of the game with just 3:08 remaining. The touchdown was the 21st on the ground of Reaves’ career.
Freshman Jordan Howard was the leading ball carrier for the Blazers as he ran for 90 yards on just 12 attempts (7.5 avg.).
Ty Long booted a 50-yard field goal, the fourth career field goal of 50 yards or more for the Blazer junior, for UAB’s first points of the game.
UAB will return for the third home game of the season next Saturday, Nov. 2, when the Blazers host Middle Tennessee at Legion Field in their 2013 Homecoming. Kickoff will be at 12:00 p.m. CT as the game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.