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.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... UAB built a 21-3 lead at halftime thanks to UTEP mistakes, and then held off the Miners second-half rally.
Gameball goes to... UAB's Reggie Lindsay. Lindsay enjoyed a career day, finishing with seven receptions for 145 yards and three TDs.
Stat of the game... 38: That's the number of yards that UTEP's Jordan Palmer needs to become the first QB in school history to throw for 7,000 career yards.