Scores

Final

UAB 35

(3-9, 3-5 C-USA)

Florida Atl 38

(1-10, 0-7 C-USA)

4:00 PM ET, November 26, 2011

FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, FL

1 2 3 4 T
UAB 7 7 14 735
FAU 7 10 7 1438

Top Performers

Passing: J. Perry (UAB) - 190 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Morris (FAU) - 38 CAR, 198 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: N. Smith (UAB) - 4 REC, 53 YDS, 1 TD

FAU 38, UAB 35

Associated Press

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Alfred Morris scored a career-high four touchdowns and Treon Howard returned an interception for a touchdown as Florida Atlantic beat Alabama-Birmingham 38-35 on Saturday night for the Owls' first win of the season.

Florida Atlantic (1-10) snapped a 13-game losing streak dating back to last season and was the only remaining winless team in major college football.

Owls coach Howard Schnellenberger, who announced in August that he is retiring at the end of this season, also avoided his first winless campaign. Florida Atlantic has one final game against Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 3.

Morris rushed for 198 yards on 38 carries in his fifth straight 100-yard game. Quarterback Graham Wilbert was 16 for 25 for 181 yards for Florida Atlantic.

Jonathan Perry was 17 for 26 for 190 yards and two touchdowns for the Blazers (3-9) and also ran for a score.

Jackie Williams and Jamarcus Nelson scored touchdowns for Alabama-Birmingham (3-9). D.J. Vinson and Nolen Smith each caught a touchdown pass for the Blazers.

Leading 31-28, the Owls converted twice on fourth down during a 17-play drive that used 8:13, and went ahead 38-28 on Morris's 9-yard touchdown run with 1:38 left.

On UAB's ensuing possession, Perry threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Smith with 33 seconds left, but the attempted onside kick went out of bounds.

The teams traded scores for most of the game.

The Blazers took a 28-24 lead in the third on Nelson's 3-yard touchdown run The Owls retook the lead, 31-28, on a 10-yard touchdown run by Morris in the fourth.

Perry tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Vinson that gave Alabama-Birmingham a 21-17 lead. The Owls responded on a 4-yard touchdown run by Morris to put Florida Atlantic ahead 24-21 in the third.

With the score tied at 14, Florida Atlantic recovered a fumble by Perry at the Blazers' 9-yard line and converted the turnover into a 28-yard field goal by Vinny Zaccario and a 17-14 lead at halftime.

A 1-yard touchdown plunge by Perry gave the Blazers a 14-7 lead in the second. The Owls came back to tie it at 14 when Morris scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.

Florida Atlantic scored first on Howard's 23-yard interception return for a touchdown to make it 7-0. Perry's pass was tipped and Howard picked it off and ran down the sideline for the score.

The Blazers answered on a 9-play, 69-yard drive culminated by a 2-yard touchdown run by Williams that tied the score at 7.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UAB
FAU
1st Downs2424
Total Yards382416
Passing190181
Rushing192235
Penalties4-287-70
3rd Down Conversions8-115-13
4th Down Conversions0-05-5
Turnovers21
Possession28:3631:24

Passing Leaders

UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Perry17/261907.321
Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilbert16/251817.200

Rushing Leaders

UABCARYDSAVGTDLG
Perry16976.1119
Reaves9364.0011
Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris381985.2423
White12121.0021

Receiving Leaders

UABRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams46215.5039
Smith45313.3120
Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams45513.8017
Cunningham23517.5022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUABFAU
TD13:00Treon Howard 23 Yd Interception Return (Vinny Zaccario Kick) 07
TD08:13Jackie Williams 2 Yd Run (Ty Long Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERUABFAU
TD13:09Jonathan Perry 1 Yd Run (Ty Long Kick) 147
TD03:18Alfred Morris 1 Yd Run (Vinny Zaccario Kick) 1414
FG00:10Vinny Zaccario 28 Yd 1417
THIRD QUARTERUABFAU
TD10:57D.J. Vinson 9 Yd Pass From Jonathan Perry (Ty Long Kick) 2117
TD07:33Alfred Morris 4 Yd Run (Vinny Zaccario Kick) 2124
TD01:26Jamarcus Nelson 3 Yd Run (Ty Long Kick) 2824
FOURTH QUARTERUABFAU
TD11:27Alfred Morris 10 Yd Run (Vinny Zaccario Kick) 2831
TD01:38Alfred Morris 9 Yd Run (Vinny Zaccario Kick) 2838
TD00:33Nolen Smith 13 Yd Pass From Jonathan Perry (Ty Long Kick) 3538

Research Notes

The winless watch is over. The last remaining winless team in FBS entering this week was Florida Atlantic (0-10). On Saturday night they beat UAB 38-35 for their first win of the season.

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