TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Hayes kicked a 42-yard field goal with
nine seconds remaining to lift Alabama-Birmingham past South
Florida 22-19 Saturday night.
The victory sustained the faint bowl hopes of UAB (5-6, 4-3
Conference USA). The loss ended any bowl plans for South Florida
(6-4, 4-3), which has two victories against Division I-AA
Hayes' third field goal of the game came shortly after the
Blazers allowed the Bulls to rally from a 19-3 fourth-quarter
A pair of Vince Brewer scoring runs, from 1 and 5 yards, were
each coupled with successful two-point conversions as the Bulls
pulled into a 19-19 tie. But the Blazers managed to drive down to
the South Florida 25, and Hayes came through with the gamewinner.
Backup quarterback Curtis Falany staked UAB to a 13-3 lead with
scoring passes on consecutive offensive snaps in the second
The freshman capped an 80-yard drive with a 10-yard scoring pass
to tight end Cedric Hampton. Falaney began the next UAB possession
with a 56-yard strike to wide receiver Roddy White.
Hayes added a 23-yard field goal to give the Blazers a 16-3
halftime lead, then produced the only points in the third quarter
with a 49-yard kick.
South Florida lost for only the second time in its last 25 home