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Memphis stymies Darrin Reaves, blasts UAB 46-9 at Legion Field

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Memphis receiver Keiwon Malone catches a first quarter touchdown pass against UAB on Saturday. (abc3340.com) Memphis receiver Keiwon Malone catches a first quarter touchdown pass against UAB on Saturday. (abc3340.com)
Memphis took back the Bones Trophy they lost to UAB in 2011 after blasting the Blazers 46-9 on Saturday. (abc3340.com) Memphis took back the Bones Trophy they lost to UAB in 2011 after blasting the Blazers 46-9 on Saturday. (abc3340.com)

The momentum UAB had developed with back-to-back wins over the past two weeks evaporated at Legion Field on Saturday after Memphis throttled the Blazers 46-9.

The Tigers overwhelmed UAB early and often, racing out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter before entering halftime holding a 28-3 lead that was never threatened.

Quarterback Jacob Karam was nearly perfect on the day, throwing for three touchdowns on 14-of-16 passing and 147 yards. His running back, Brandon Hayes, added three more touchdowns on the ground in the win, and finished the day with 127 yards rushing on 19 carries.

UAB running back Darrin Reaves came in to Saturday's game on a roll after rushing for 573 yards and seven touchdowns in the previous three games, but Memphis stymied the Blazers' ground game, holding them to just 26 yards. Reaves could only muster 38 yards on 13 carries in the loss.

With the win, Memphis takes back the Bones Trophy.

UAB falls to 3-8 on the year and 2-5 in Conference USA. They will travel to play C-USA East Division leader Central Florida (6-1, 8-3) next week in the season finale.

Team Stat Comparison

 MEMUAB
1st Downs 20 16
Total Yards 333 213
Passing 160 187
Rushing 173 26
Penalties 5-60 6-54
3rd Down Conversions 6-11 4-16
4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-3
Turnovers 2 2
Possession 31:05 28:55

Passing Leaders

 
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Karam 14/16 147 9.2 3 0
 
UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown 23/41 187 4.6 1 1

Rushing Leaders

 
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hayes 19 127 6.7 3 46
Steib 6 26 4.3 0 10
 
UABCARYDSAVGTDLG
Reaves 14 38 2.7 0 7
Jackson 4 11 2.8 0 10

Receiving Leaders

 
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Malone 2 42 21.0 1 30
Cross 3 36 12.0 1 25
 
UABRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hearn 4 44 11.0 0 21
Williams 3 44 14.7 0 28

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMEMUAB
TD 08:54 Brandon Hayes 7 Yd Run (Paulo Henriques Kick) 7 0
TD 04:31 Keiwone Malone 30 Yd Pass From Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques Kick) 14 0
TD 02:16 Alan Cross 25 Yd Pass From Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques Kick) 21 0
SECOND QUARTERMEMUAB
FG 11:57 Ty Long 48 Yd 21 3
TD 06:41 Jesse Milleson 2 Yd Pass From Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques Kick) 28 3
THIRD QUARTERMEMUAB
FG 02:59 Paulo Henriques 51 Yd 31 3
FOURTH QUARTERMEMUAB
TD 14:00 Brandon Hayes 5 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 37 3
TD 11:29 Brandon Hayes 46 Yd Run (Paulo Henriques Kick) 44 3
TD 06:00 Kennard Backman 4 Yd Pass From Austin Brown (Pat Blocked) 44 9
DC 06:00 Carl Harris 0 Yd Off A Blocked Extra Point 46 9
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