BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Vinny Zaccario kicked a 25-yard field goal with two seconds left to give Memphis a 33-30 conference victory over Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday night.
Memphis (3-3, 1-2 Conference USA) won its third straight game and won its second in a row over UAB in a series that has become known as the "Battle for the Bones" in honor of the cities' reputations for fine barbecue.
UAB (1-5, 0-2) rode the running and throwing of quarterback Joe Webb to amass 331 yards in the first half. But Memphis' defense stiffened in the second half and quarterback Arkelon Hall led the Tigers' offense on the game-winning drive in the final four minutes.
Hall completed 18 of 28 passes for 209 yards and four touchdowns to lead Memphis. Earnest Williams had four catches for Memphis, including touchdown grabs of 30 and 20 yards. Carlos Singleton had five catches for the Tigers, including a 15-yard scoring play. Curtis Steele ran for 101 yards on 14 carries, his third straight game over the 100-yard mark.
Webb ran for 93 yards and passed for 235 yards to lead UAB. He had scoring runs of 9, 12 and 10 yards and threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Mike Jones. Rashaud Slaughter had 13 carries for 92 yards for UAB.
Memphis led 20-16 at halftime, but UAB got off to a quick start in the second half. The Blazers drove 67 yards in five plays to score on Webb's five-yard run and take a 23-20 lead.
The game's key play might have come in the third quarter when Memphis' Curtis Echols partially blocked a UAB punt, causing it to travel only 22 yards. That set Memphis up at the UAB 48-yard line, and the Tigers needed only four plays to score on a 15-yard pass from Hall to Carlos Singleton.
That gave Memphis a 27-23 lead going into the fourth quarter, and the Tigers widened the margin when Zaccario kicked a 34-yard field goal with 11 minutes left.
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