BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Darrin Reaves led UAB in rushing and picked up two touchdowns to seal a 52-28 victory against Northwestern State on Saturday.
Reaves rushed for a 50-yard TD halfway through the third quarter to make the score 45-21 in favor of the Blazers (1-2). He ended the game with 17 carries for 178 yards in UAB's first home game of the season.
Jamarcus Nelson scored his own pair of touchdowns - a 41-yard reception and a 63-yard punt return. His punt return in the first quarter gave the Blazers a 14-0 lead and Nelson finished with 123 all-purpose yards.
Garrett Atzenweiler accounted for 100 of Northwestern State's 150 total yards rushing and picked up the only two touchdowns in the first half for the Demons (2-2).
A 34-yard touchdown pass by Zach Adkins early in the third cut the deficit 31-21, but UAB scored another 21 points before the game ended.Scoring SummaryFIRST QUARTERNWSTUABTD11:12Kennard Backman 1 Yd Pass From Austin Brown (Ty Long Kick) 07TD10:09Jamarcus Nelson 63 Yd Punt Return (Ty Long Kick) 014TD04:11Garrett Atzenweiler 1 Yd Run (Chris Moore Kick) 714FG01:15Ty Long 27 Yd 717SECOND QUARTERNWSTUABTD12:08Jamari Staples 23 Yd Pass From Jonathan Perry (Ty Long Kick) 724TD04:41Garrett Atzenweiler 3 Yd Run (Chris Moore Kick) 1424TD01:08Darrin Reaves 8 Yd Run (Ty Long Kick) 1431THIRD QUARTERNWSTUABTD13:52Louis Hollier Jr. 34 Yd Pass From Zach Adkins (Chris Moore Kick) 2131TD09:16Jamarcus Nelson 41 Yd Pass From Austin Brown (Ty Long Kick) 2138TD08:00Darrin Reaves 50 Yd Run (Ty Long Kick) 2145TD05:33Daniel Taylor 6 Yd Run (Chris Moore Kick) 2845FOURTH QUARTERNWSTUABTD05:00Jordan Howard 8 Yd Run (Ty Long Kick) 2852