Memphis stymies Darrin Reaves, blasts UAB 46-9 at Legion Field

Memphis receiver Keiwon Malone catches a first quarter touchdown pass against UAB on Saturday. (

The momentum UAB had developed with back-to-back wins over the past two weeks evaporated at Legion Field on Saturday after Memphis throttled the Blazers 46-9.

The Tigers overwhelmed UAB early and often, racing out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter before entering halftime holding a 28-3 lead that was never threatened.

Quarterback Jacob Karam was nearly perfect on the day, throwing for three touchdowns on 14-of-16 passing and 147 yards. His running back, Brandon Hayes, added three more touchdowns on the ground in the win, and finished the day with 127 yards rushing on 19 carries.

UAB running back Darrin Reaves came in to Saturday's game on a roll after rushing for 573 yards and seven touchdowns in the previous three games, but Memphis stymied the Blazers' ground game, holding them to just 26 yards. Reaves could only muster 38 yards on 13 carries in the loss.

With the win, Memphis takes back the Bones Trophy.

UAB falls to 3-8 on the year and 2-5 in Conference USA. They will travel to play C-USA East Division leader Central Florida (6-1, 8-3) next week in the season finale.

Team Stat Comparison{}MEMUAB1st Downs2016Total Yards333213Passing160187Rushing17326Penalties5-606-543rd Down Conversions6-114-164th Down Conversions0-01-3Turnovers22Possession31:0528:55Passing Leaders{}MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTKaram14/161479.230{}UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTBrown23/411874.611Rushing Leaders{}MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLGHayes191276.7346Steib6264.3010{}UABCARYDSAVGTDLGReaves14382.707Jackson4112.8010Receiving Leaders{}MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLGMalone24221.0130Cross33612.0125{}UABRECYDSAVGTDLGHearn44411.0021Williams34414.7028Scoring SummaryFIRST QUARTERMEMUABTD08:54Brandon Hayes 7 Yd Run (Paulo Henriques Kick) 70TD04:31Keiwone Malone 30 Yd Pass From Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques Kick) 140TD02:16Alan Cross 25 Yd Pass From Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques Kick) 210SECOND QUARTERMEMUABFG11:57Ty Long 48 Yd 213TD06:41Jesse Milleson 2 Yd Pass From Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques Kick) 283THIRD QUARTERMEMUABFG02:59Paulo Henriques 51 Yd 313FOURTH QUARTERMEMUABTD14:00Brandon Hayes 5 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 373TD11:29Brandon Hayes 46 Yd Run (Paulo Henriques Kick) 443TD06:00Kennard Backman 4 Yd Pass From Austin Brown (Pat Blocked) 449DC06:00Carl Harris 0 Yd Off A Blocked Extra Point 469