UAB has beaten Memphis seven times in a row and was the winner
in the inaugural "Battle of the Bones." As the final seconds
ticked off, UAB players gathered around the trophy, a 100-pound
bronze rack of ribs. The trophy is in honor of the reputations the
two cities have for serving tasty barbecue.
The two teams combined for almost 800 yards of total offense and
the tone was set on the first play from scrimmage. Hankins threw a
pass down the left sidelines for Scott, who grabbed it near
midfield and raced into the end zone for an 82-yard scoring play.
UAB responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive, capped by White's
two-yard touchdown run. A 28-yard field goal by Matt Reagan put
Memphis in front at the end of the first quarter.
Memphis tried a faked punt on fourth-and-one from it's own 29,
but UAB's Will Dunbar stopped the play short. The Blazers took over
and drove 28 yards to score on a one-yard run by quarterback Chris
Memphis took a 17-14 lead when Hankins hit Calhoun for a 25-yard
touchdown pass with 1:55 left in the half. But Williams drove UAB
into scoring position and with eight seconds left in the half hit
Willie Edwards with a pass at the Memphis 2 and Edwards dragged a
defender into the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown as time expired,
giving UAB a 21-17 lead at halftime.
A 28-yard field goal by Reagan and a six-yard touchdown pass
from Hankins to Carlos Singleton gave Memphis a 26-21 lead with
less than six minutes to play in the third quarter.
But a 63-yard run by Marculus Elliott set up White's two-yard
scoring run to give UAB a 28-26 lead.
Memphis' T.J. Pitts fumbled the ensuing kickoff and UAB's B.J.
Steed recovered at the Tigers 23. Four plays later, White scored on
an 11-yard run to put UAB in front 35-26. Reagan kicked a 23-yard
field goal with 9:10 left in the game to bring Memphis to within
The Blazers stayed in front the rest of the way and a late
interception by Kevin Sanders sealed the victory.