UAB 22

(5-6, 3-3 away)

South Florida 19

(6-4, 4-2 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, November 22, 2003

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

1 2 3 4 T
UAB 0 16 3 322
USF 3 0 0 1619

UAB 22, South Florida 19

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 opponents.

Hayes' third field goal of the game came shortly after the Blazers allowed the Bulls to rally from a 19-3 fourth-quarter deficit.

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 quarter.

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 games.