Saturday Football Roundup
Nov. 10, 2012
Darrin Reaves continued his recent tear, rushing for 184 yards and two scores to lead UAB to a 38-31 win over Marshall. Tulsa and UCF set up next Saturday's showdowns with road victories. TU won at Houston, 41-7, while UCF took a 31-24 decision at UTEP. SMU moved to within one win of bowl-eligibility with a 34-6 victory over Southern Miss.
TULSA 41, HOUSTON 7
Singleton had a pair of 1-yard scoring runs and Green had TD runs of 3 and 1 yards for the Golden Hurricane (8-2, 6-0 Conference USA). Ja'Terian Douglas had 87 yards on 12 carries for Tulsa, which finished with 350 yards on the ground and had four rushers amass at least 50 yards.
Green was 17 of 31 passing for 130 yards with an interception.
The Cougars (4-6, 3-3) trailed 41-0 before backup quarterback Crawford Jones hit Ryan Jackson with a 16-yard TD pass with 7:08 remaining.
Singleton had 79 yards on 16 carries.
UCF 31, UTEP 24
Bortles scored on 2-yard and 10-yard runs. He threw a 46-yard pass to Jeff Godfrey for a touchdown. Murray rushed 46 yards for a touchdown, breaking a fourth-quarter tie and giving the Knights (8-2, 6-0 Conference USA) the lead for good.
Bortles was 16 of 27 for 214 yards and was sacked three times. Murray had 23 carries for 117 yards.
Shawn Moffitt added a 30-yard field goal.
UTEP (2-8, 1-5) scored on its ground game. Jeffery Nathan rushed for two touchdowns, including a 69-yard run to even the score, 24-24, in the fourth quarter. Blaire Sullivan was 5 of 11 for 79 yards for the Miners.
UCF has won six consecutive games.
UAB 38, MARSHALL 31
The Blazers (3-7, 2-4 Conference USA) led 31-7 with 5:23 left in the third quarter.
Within 2 minutes, the Thundering Herd roared back with a 10-yard TD pass from Rakeem Cato to Jazz King, followed by Kevin Grooms' 7-yard TD run and Justin Haig's 38-yard field goal with 7:18 remaining.
Reaves answered with a 17-yard TD, capping an 11-play, 80-yard drive with 2:50 left to set a single-season UAB touchdown record with 12.
Marshall (4-6, 1-5) then moved downfield quickly and efficiently, with Cato connecting with Tommy Shuler on 30- and 19-yard plays before finding Gator Hoskins for a 3-yard TD with 1:41 remaining.
UAB recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
The Blazers' Austin Brown threw two TD passes and Jackie Williams had a 79-yard punt return.
SMU 34, SOUTHERN MISS 6
Gilbert had scoring runs of 36 and 19 yards and hit Darius Johnson for a 9-yard score. He rushed for 94 yards and was 27 of 43 passing for 249 yards.
Zach Line added 92 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Mustangs (5-5, 4-2 Conference USA), who are seeking their fourth straight bowl berth. It was the 41st career touchdown for Line, who ranks second on the school's all-time rushing list behind Eric Dickerson.
Southern Miss (0-10, 0-6) managed just 178 yards of offense. The Golden Eagles' only score came on a 15-yard TD pass from Chris Campbell to Dominique Sullivan in the second quarter. The PAT was blocked.
MEMPHIS 37, TULANE 23
The Tigers (2-8, 2-4 Conference USA) led 16-13 at halftime, and after allowing Cairo Santos to kick a 30-yard field goal to tie the game early in the third, erupted with three straight touchdowns.
The first was a 52-yard pass from Karam to Tevin Jones to snap the 16-all tie, followed by a 6-yard TD pass from running back Brandon Hayes to Reggie Travis and then a 32-yard interception return for a score by Tank Jakes.
Following Santos' field goal, the Green Wave's second half possessions yielded two turnovers on downs, two fumbles and Jakes' interception return.
Ryan Griffin, who entered with 14 touchdowns and one interception this season for Tulane (2-8, 2-4), threw three picks, one touchdown and amassed 211 yards on 25-of-43 passing.