WACO, Texas (AP) -- Forget the doctor's wishes. Darrell Hackney
had a football game to win.
Instead of staying on the sideline as advised because of his
swollen left knee, UAB's sophomore quarterback returned after
missing a series to throw a 50-yard touchdown with 40 seconds left
and give the Blazers a 24-19 win over Baylor on Saturday night.
"I got hurt, but I wasn't going to stay out as long as I could
get in," Hackney said. "I knew they would be coming after me
because I was limping."
Hackney needed just two plays after Baylor failed to get a first
down and punted with 1:02 left. He hit Roddy White for 30 yards on
the first play and then, with Baylor blitzing, threw a strike to
freshman Nick Coon streaking down the middle of the field.
"That was a gutty performance," UAB coach WatsonBrown said.
Hackney, who hit 13 of 29 passes for 238 yards and two
touchdowns, was hurt when somebody rolled on his leg after an
incomplete pass. He will have the knee examined Sunday, just four
days before the Blazers play their Conference USA opener against
A play after Hackney was helped off the field, Baylor's Todd
James blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety. The Bears
then drove for Kenny Webb's 21-yard field goal and a 19-17 lead
with 6:08 left.
Freshman Chris Williams took over for Hackney on the next UAB
drive, but after a 16-yard pass, the Blazers were stopped on
fourth-and-1 at the Baylor 35. The Bears only got one first down
before punting the ball back.
UAB's comeback spoiled the debut of Baylor coach Guy Morriss,
who left Kentucky for a team that has won just 17 games the last
seven years. The Bears finished last season with six straight
"It was tough, but I was proud of the kids for the fact they
didn't quit," Morriss said. "We were teetering there for a bit in
the third quarter, not sure which way to go, and then we rallied.
Their guy makes a perfect strike. We're disappointed, but I saw a
lot of promise."
Baylor was 3-9 last season, the losses coming by an average
margin of 45-7 after a season-opening 70-22 loss at California.
Freshman Bo Moncur ran for 136 yards and a touchdown on 21
carries for the Blazers (1-0). Coon was on the field for just three
plays, and his only catch was the game-winning TD.
Baylor's football opener came just two days after a campus
memorial service for basketball player Patrick Dennehy, but there
were no references made about him.
The only mention of the men's basketball program after a summer
of tragedy and scandal was the introduction of new coach Scott Drew
at halftime. There were loud cheers when the former Valpo coach led
the crowd in Baylor's "Sic Em' Bears" chant.
A former teammate has been indicted for murder in Dennehy's
shooting death. A school inquiry found major NCAA violations that
led to the resignations of coach Dave Bliss and athletic director
Tom Stanton and a self-imposed two-year probation against the
Baylor drove 80 yards in nine plays on its opening possession,
taking a 7-0 lead when Karas hit Robert Quiroga for a 10-yard TD.
On their second drive, the Bears gained 65 again before Karas
UAB then scored 17 straight points, going ahead 17-7 when Moncur
scored on a 2-yard run with 5:10 left in the third quarter. That
came just three plays after a 15-yard personal foul penalty gave
the Blazers a first down instead of fourth-and-5 from midfield.
The Blazers tied the game at 7-all when Hackney threw a 4-yard
TD pass to Dan Burks with 10:21 left in the second quarter to end a
44-yard drive on which Moncur had a 33-yard run. UAB led when Nick
Hayes kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the first
After Hackney's two-pass TD drive, Baylor had one more chance.
Karas' fourth-down pass from the UAB 45 on the final play of the
game dropped incomplete in the end zone.
"We were so close to turning it around, it just kills you,"
Karas said. "It was a tough loss, but a year ago we would have
quit. We're going to come back and work our tails off."
Hackney became UAB's starter in the fifth game as a freshman
last season, and threw for 1,977 yards and 14 touchdowns while
battling through several injuries.
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