Reaves, UAB hold off Marshall rally for 38-31 win

Reaves, UAB hold off Marshall rally for 38-31 win
November 10, 2012, 8:57 pm
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UAB cornerback Cornelius Richards (28) intercepts a tipped pass off of Marshall wide receiver Devonte Allen (6) in the first half of an NCAA college football game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

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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.