Darrin Reaves rushes for 2 touchdowns, UAB downs Marshall 38-31

UAB receiver Patrick Hearn scores a touchdown in the second quarter of the Blazers win over Marshall on Saturday. (

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Darrin Reaves rushed for 184 yards and two scores and Alabama-Birmingham withstood a late Marshall barrage to win 38-31 Saturday.

The Blazers (3-7, 2-4 Conference USA) led 31-7 with 5:23 left in the third quarter.

Within 2 minutes, the Thundering Herd roared back with a 10-yard TD pass from Rakeem Cato to Jazz King, followed by Kevin Grooms' 7-yard TD run and Justin Haig's 38-yard field goal with 7:18 remaining.

Reaves answered with a 17-yard TD, capping an 11-play, 80-yard drive with 2:50 left to set a single-season UAB touchdown record with 12.

Marshall (4-6, 1-5) then moved downfield quickly and efficiently, with Cato connecting with Tommy Shuler on 30- and 19-yard plays before finding Gator Hoskins for a 3-yard TD with 1:41 remaining.

UAB recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

The Blazers' Austin Brown threw two TD passes and Jackie Williams had a 79-yard punt return.


Team Stat Comparison {}MRSHUAB 1st Downs1825Total Yards337406Passing216197Rushing121209Penalties2-305-303rd Down Conversions6-167-154th Down Conversions1-30-0Turnovers14Possession25:2934:31Passing Leaders {} MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT Cato25/342166.421 {} UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT Brown20/341975.823Rushing Leaders {} MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG Grooms16754.7112Watson8313.9111 {} UABCARYDSAVGTDLG Reaves321845.8220Coles56012.0039Receiving Leaders {} MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG Shuler57715.4030Hoskins44110.3132 {} UABRECYDSAVGTDLG Adams34715.7132Hearn24723.5133Scoring Summary FIRST QUARTERMRSHUAB TD12:27Remi Watson 2 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 70TD07:59Jackie Williams 79 Yd Punt Return (Ty Long Kick) 77TD02:39Darrin Reaves 4 Yd Run (Ty Long Kick) 714 SECOND QUARTERMRSHUAB TD14:50Patrick Hearn 33 Yd Pass From Austin Brown (Ty Long Kick) 721FG00:22Ty Long 27 Yd 724 THIRD QUARTERMRSHUAB TD05:23Nick Adams 32 Yd Pass From Austin Brown (Ty Long Kick) 731TD03:28Jazz King 10 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 1431 FOURTH QUARTERMRSHUAB TD14:40Kevin Grooms 7 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 2131FG07:18Justin Haig 38 Yd 2431TD02:50Darrin Reaves 17 Yd Run (Ty Long Kick) 2438TD01:41Gator Hoskins 3 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 3138