Scores

Final

Baylor 14

(0-1, 0-1 away)

UAB 56

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 4, 2004

Legion Field (AL), Birmingham, AL

1 2 3 4 T
BAY 0 7 0 714
UAB 21 14 14 756

Top Performers

Passing: D. Hackney (UAB) - 168 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Burks (UAB) - 3 CAR, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. White (UAB) - 3 REC, 76 YDS, 1 TD

UAB 56, Baylor 14

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- UAB coach WatsonBrown couldn't complain about much after his Blazers opened the season with a 56-14 victory over Baylor.

"We played really well, especially in the first half,"Brown said. "It was just a good solid game by us. We didn't do a lot wrong. I thought this would be a toss-up game, but it turned out not being that way."

Darrell Hackney threw three touchdown passes and ran for one score Saturday to lead UAB to its highest point total since becoming a Division 1-A team in 1996.

Hackney played less than three quarters and completed 8 of 16 passes for 168 yards. He also ran for 35 yards, including two scrambles under pressure to keep early UAB scoring drives alive.

Quarterback Dane King completed 16 of 27 passes and threw one touchdown pass for Baylor. But he threw three interceptions, and the Bears lost two fumbles.

"I thought that we were very tight," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "We weren't relaxed and we didn't run the ball very well. We weren't playing very aggressive or very physical up front."

UAB's defense contributed to the scoring, returning one interceptions and one fumble recovery for touchdowns.

Lineman Kyle Bissinger recovered a fumble and returned it 3 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, and linebacker Marcus Mark returned an interception 31 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter.

UAB rolled to a 35-7 halftime lead, with Hackney throwing scoring passes of 21 yards to Bradley Chavez and 29 yards to Roddy White.

In the third quarter, Hackney added a 1-yard touchdown and a 19-yard scoring pass to Reggie Lindsey.

Baylor's only points in the first half came on a 39-yard pass from King to Trent Shelton. In the fourth quarter, the Bears' Paul Mosley scored on a 4-yard run.

The UAB offense showed its big-play capability early. On the Blazers' fourth play from scrimmage, tailback Dan Burks found a hole off right tackle and raced 69 yards for a touchdown.

On Baylor's first possession, King was hit by UAB's Larry McSwain and Jermaine McElveen recovered for the Blazers at the Baylor 34.

Three plays later, Hackney hit Chavez with a 21-yard scoring pass to give UAB a 14-0 lead.

Burks left the game with a leg injury in the first quarter after rushing for 92 yards and three carries. But his injury did not slow down the UAB offense. Third-string tailback Corey White scored on a 7-yard run to give the Blazers a 21-0 lead with 1:04 left in the first quarter.

On UAB's first possession of the second quarter, Hackney drove the Blazers 80 yards in 10 plays to score on a 29-yard pass to Roddy White.

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