Scores

Final/OT

UAB 29

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Tennessee 32

(2-2, 2-2 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:21 PM ET, September 25, 2010

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

1 2 3 4 OT T
UAB 7 0 8 8 629
TENN 14 9 0 0 932

Top Performers

Passing: M. Simms (TENN) - 245 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: D. Isabelle (AAMU) - 16 CAR, 63 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: F. Forrest (UAB) - 7 REC, 109 YDS, 1 TD

Tennessee outlasts UAB in 2 OTs to nullify Blazers' second-half charge

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Matt Simms threw a 25-yard touchdown to Denarius Moore on Tennessee's first play of double-overtime as the Volunteers beat Alabama-Birmingham 32-29 on Saturday.

The Volunteers (2-2) had held a 23-7 lead at halftime. But the Blazers (1-3) staged their second major comeback in two weeks as David Isabelle found Frantrell Forrest on a 27-yard touchdown strike and ran for 6 yards for another score and Bryan Ellis hit Jeffery Anderson on two 2-point conversions.

Daniel Lincoln kicked a 40-yard field goal for Tennessee to open the first overtime, and UAB's Josh Zahn, who missed field goals from 30, 35, 41 and 49 in regulation, connected on a 35-yard field goal to answer.

Ellis hit Pat Shed on a 14-yard pass to pick up a first down in the second overtime but his 7-yard pass to Patrick Hearn came up 4 yards short of the end zone, and Zahn scored on a 21-yard field goal to put UAB up 29-26 before the Vols' final touchdown.

The Blazers dominated the game in nearly every category. They picked up 544 yards compared to the Vols' 287 yards, had eight more first downs and converted seven more third down attempts.

Tennessee's defense couldn't stop UAB, who used Isabelle, the backup quarterback, to chip away yards with his runs and Ellis, the starter, to convert third-and-long situations.

Ellis completed 29 of 55 for 373 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Isabelle ran 16 times for 73 yards and completed 4 of 5 for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Still, the Vols seemed to be in control in the first half. The Vols went for it on fourth-and-1 at the UAB 15 on its first drive and got two yards on a quarterback sneak by Simms, who threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Moore on the next play.

UAB had just tied the game at 7 with a 52-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Ellis to Mike Jones with 2:34 in the first quarter, but Simms answered with a 72-yard touchdown to Zach Rogers on the next play. It was Tennessee's longest play since an 87-yard touchdown run by LaMarcus Coker against Vanderbilt in 2006.

With 1:55 before halftime, Chad Cunningham backed up UAB with a 54-yard punt to the Blazers 5, and Prentiss Wagner picked off Bryan Ellis on the next play and returned it 9 yards for a touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UAB
TENN
1st Downs2315
Total Yards544287
Passing429245
Rushing11542
Penalties7-554-20
3rd Down Conversions9-232-15
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers10
Possession36:0723:53

Passing Leaders

UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ellis29/553736.811
TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Simms19/342457.230

Rushing Leaders

UABCARYDSAVGTDLG
Isabelle16633.9118
Shed6416.8015
TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Oku8334.1012
Poole6233.8011

Receiving Leaders

UABRECYDSAVGTDLG
Forrest710915.6142
Shed7588.3014
TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rogers27839.0172
Moore56813.6225

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUABTENN
TD10:59Denarius Moore 13 Yd Pass From Matt Simms. (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 07
TD02:51Mike Jones 52 Yd Pass From Bryan Ellis. (Josh Zahn Kick) 77
TD02:15Zach Rogers 72 Yd Pass From Matt Simms. (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERUABTENN
FG13:40Daniel Lincoln 47 Yd 717
TD01:49Prentiss Waggner 9 Yd Interception Return. (Pat Failed) 723
THIRD QUARTERUABTENN
TD08:21Frantrell Forrest 27 Yd Pass From David Isabelle. (Bryan Ellis Pass To Jeffery Anderson For Two-Point Conversion) 1523
FOURTH QUARTERUABTENN
TD09:12David Isabelle 6 Yd Run. (Bryan Ellis Pass To Jeffery Anderson For Two-Point Conversion) 2323
OVERTIMEUABTENN
FGDaniel Lincoln 40 Yd 2326
FGJosh Zahn 35 Yd 2626
2ND OVERTIMEUABTENN
FGJosh Zahn 21 Yd 2926
TDDenarius Moore 25 Yd Pass From Matt Simms. 2932