BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- UAB's Chris Felder made a game-saving
strip and Will Evans recovered the fumble in the end zone late in
the game to preserve a 17-12 victory for the Blazers over East
Carolina Saturday night.
Chris Williams came off the bench and went 12-for-16 for 144
yards and two touchdowns as UAB (1-1, 1-0 Conference USA) survived
the wild finish.
James Pinkney went 20-for-38 for 280 yards and a touchdown for
East Carolina (0-2, 0-1). He nearly pulled off a stunning comeback
play with 1:23 left in the game when he completed a pass to Chris
Henry broke free down the middle and appeared headed for a
touchdown, but safety Felder caught him from behind inside the
5-yard line and knocked the ball loose. It rolled into the end zone
where Evans fell on it for the touchback.
Williams led UAB to most of its 223 yards total offense and
brought the Blazers back from an early deficit.
East Carolina jumped ahead with a 22-yard field goal from Robert
Lee with 2:49 left in the first quarter.
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