UAB 35

(5-5, 3-4 C-USA)

(24) UTEP 23

(8-2, 5-2 C-USA)

6:15 PM ET, November 19, 2005

Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

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UAB 0 21 7 735
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UAB 35, (24) UTEP 23 

EL PASO, Texas (Ticker) -- Alabama-Birmingham put a crimp in Texas-El Paso's postseason plans.

Darrell Hackney tossed four touchdown passes, including three to Reggie Lindsay, as UAB won for the second time in six games with a 35-23 victory over No. 24 UTEP, which lost for the first time in six outings.

The Miners (8-2, 5-2 C-USA West), who had a nine-game home winning streak end, missed an opportunity to clinch a berth in the Conference USA championship game. UTEP trails Tulsa by one-half game in the West Division but still can win it with a victory over SMU next week.

UAB (5-5, 3-4 East), which can become bowl eligible with a victory at East Carolina next Saturday, took a 21-3 lead in the first half by taking advantage of UTEP's miscues.

Leading 3-0, the Miners failed to score on a 19-play drive bridging the first two quarters when Reagan Schneider missed a 31-yard field goal attempt. The Blazers responded on their next possession when Hackney hit Chico Cleveland for a three-yard touchdown and a 7-3 lead.

Jordan Palmer, the younger brother of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, was intercepted by linebacker Kris Guyton, which led to Corey White's 14-yard TD run three plays later that extended the margin to 14-3.

Later in the quarter, Guyton recovered Marcus Thomas' fumble at the UAB 9. Hackney marched the Blazers on a 12-play, 91-yard drive, capped by a 31-yard strike to Reggie Lindsey with 1:01 left in the half.

Thomas, who rushed for 129 yards on 30 attempts, atoned for his early fumble by gaining 37 yards on four carries during UTEP's first drive of the third quarter, scoring from eight yards out to cut the margin to 21-10.

Moments later, defensive back Will Dunbar picked off Palmer at the UTEP 29. On the next play, Hackney connected with Lindsey for his second TD and a 28-10 advantage.

Palmer finally managed to throw for a score by completing a 34-yard pass to Chris Francies to bring UTEP within 28-16 with 4:41 left in the third. A two-point conversion attempt failed when Palmer was nailed short of the goal line.

After Thomas was stopped on 4th-and-1 at the UAB 42 early in the fourth quarter, Hackney found Lindsay for a 13-yard touchdown with 9:20 remaining and a 35-16 cushion.

Lindsay completed 11-of-17 passes for 183 yards and Lindsay had seven receptions for 145 yards for UAB, which was meeting UTEP for the first time.

Palmer went 34-of-52 for 333 yards with three interceptions and was sacked three times. He moved within 38 yards of becoming the first Miners quarterback to throw for 7,000 career yards.