BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- About a month ago, Tulane coach Chris
Scelfo told backup tailback Jovon Jackson to work harder in
practice in case star Mewelde Moore ever got hurt.
With Moore out for Saturday's game against UAB with a broken
hand, Jackson got his first career start and proved he'd listened
to his coach -- rushing for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-24
"At one point, Jovon wasn't working hard enough in practice,"
Scelfo said. "I think he thought Mewelde was just going to play
out the season. But I told him that he was just one play away from
being in there.
"But he's been preparing hard since then and responded well
J.P. Losman threw three touchdown passes, including a 78-yarder
to Roydell Williams in the third quarter, as Tulane (4-6, 2-4
Conference USA) snapped a five-game losing streak. Chris Bush
caught touchdowns of 25 and 35 yards from the senior signal-caller,
who was 16-of-33 for 255 yards and hit several big passes while
"Losman did a great job of sliding around in the pocket until
he found someone open," UAB coach WatsonBrown said. "He kept his
cool under pressure, and that was the difference in the game."
UAB (4-6, 3-3) went with freshman quarterback Chris Williams,
who completed only 11 of 30 passes with two interceptions in his
Backup Curtis Falany came on and nearly brought the Blazers
back. His 61-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White cut the Green
Wave's lead to 31-24 with 5:55 left in the game.
Tulane drove near midfield, but Jackson fumbled and UAB's Kyle
Bissinger recovered at the Tulane 49. The Blazers drove to the 2,
but Trey Chaney fumbled and Tulane's Sean Lucas recovered.
A few plays later, Jackson broke an 85-yard touchdown run to
clinch the victory.
Corey White led UAB with 138 yards and one touchdown on the
ground. Roddy White had six catches for 147 yards and two