UAB nips Army, 29-26

Alabama Birmingham plunged a saber into the hearts and souls of the Army Black Knights late in the fourth quarter Saturday at Michie Stadium. The Blazers emerged victorious, 29-26, in a contest that neither team deserved to lose.

Army raced out to a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter by taking advantage of UAB miscues and turning them into two Paul Stelzer field goals and an Aris Comeaux 9-yard touchdown reception from freshman Zac Dahman.  

Just into the third quarter UAB quarterback Darrell Hackney completed a 10-yard scoring pass to Willie Quinnie to get the Blazers on the board and make the score 13-7.

With little over two minutes remaining in the half, Aris Comeaux struck again for Army this time in the form of an 88-yard punt return.  The two-point conversion attempt failed but the score at halftime stood at Army 19 UAB 7.

Darrell Hackney completed his second scoring pass of the day when he found Cedric Hampton from 1 yard out to pull the Blazers to within 5 points at 19-14.  Hackney would go on to complete 25 of 42 passes for 242 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception.  The UAB touchdown would be the only scoring of the third quarter.

Hackney struck again early in the fourth quarter when he completed his second touchdown pass of the day to receiver Willie Quinne to give the Blazers the lead.  A successful 2-point conversion attempt made the score UAB 22 Army 19 with 14:24 remaining in the game.  The Blazers were aided on the scoring drive by two costly pass interference calls on Army.

Army would not quit.  The Cadets retook the lead with just 1:29 remaining when running back Josh Holden scored on a 2-yard run.  Holden would go on to rush for 54 yards in 8 carries.

UAB then skillfully marched down the field for the winning touchdown with just 8 seconds remaining in the contest.  Willie Quinne scored his third touchdown of the day on a 20-yard reception from Hackney.  

Steadily improving Army falls to 0-8 with the loss.  The Cadets get a bye week before hosting Air Force in their final home game of the 2002 season on November 9.  Alabama Birmingham improves to 4-4 and also has a bye week before hosting Southern Miss on November 9.


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