BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Roddy White caught two touchdown passes
and UAB's defense bounced back from two poor performances to lead
the Blazers to a 20-7 victory over Houston.
White caught scoring passes of 8 and 57 yards from Darrell
Hackney. White finished with eight catches for 153 yards, giving
him five 100-yard receiving games in a row.
UAB (6-3, 4-2 Conference USA) built a 14-0 lead and held off a
Houston comeback attempt in the second period. The Blazers became
bowl eligible while Houston (3-7,3-4) saw a two-game winning streak
Quarterback Kevin Kolb completed 19-of-39 passes for 196 yards
and scored on a 7-yard run for the Cougars. Anthony Evans had
103-yards rushing on 26 carries for Houston.
UAB had allowed 104 points in losing two games in a row. That
prompted Coach Watson Brown to shuffle his staff, moving assistants
Rick Christophel and Woodrow Lowe to work with the defensive line.
UAB had been without a defensive line coach since Pat Donohoe
resigned following his arrest for marijuana possession earlier this
The coaching shuffle seemed to work for the Blazers. UAB held
Houston without a first down in the first quarter and wound up with
eight quarterback sacks.
UAB jumped on top when Dan Burks ran 21 yards for a touchdown
with 8:51 left in the first quarter. After Houston failed to move
the ball, UAB drove 56 yards in five plays to score on Hackney's
8-yard pass to White.
The Blazers missed two other chances to score in the first half.
An interception by Rocky Schwartz at the Houston five-yard line
stopped one UAB drive and a fumble recovery by Courtney Brooks at
the Houston 16 stopped another.
Houston controlled the ball much of the third quarter, driving
66 yards in 15 plays to score on Kolb's seven-yard run.
That cut UAB's lead to 14-7. But the Blazers responded when
Hackney fired a quick slant pass that White turned into a 57-yard
scoring play. Houston blocked the extra point kick to make it 20-7.