Scores

Final

UAB 34

(0-2, 0-1 C-USA)

Florida Atl 49

(1-1, 1-0 home)

4:00 PM ET, September 6, 2008

Lockhart Stadium, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

1 2 3 4 T
UAB 3 14 9 834
FAU 14 14 7 1449

Top Performers

Passing: R. Smith (FAU) - 325 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: C. Pierre (FAU) - 13 CAR, 138 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: F. Forrest (UAB) - 11 REC, 149 YDS, 1 TD

Florida Atlantic 49, UAB 34

Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Rusty Smith threw three touchdown passes and Charles Pierre ran for two touchdowns as Florida Atlantic defeated UAB 49-34 on Saturday afternoon.

Cortez Gent threw a touchdown pass and caught another, and Lester Jean caught two touchdown passes for Florida Atlantic (1-1). Di'Ivory Edgecomb and Chris Bonner also scored touchdowns for Florida Atlantic.

Smith finished 21-for-34 for 325 yards.

Joe Webb threw two touchdown passes for UAB (0-2). He was 26-for-48 for 326 yards. Aaron Johns and Justin Brooks rushed for touchdowns for the Blazers.

Trailing 42-34, the Blazers were on the Owls' 28-yard line with less than a minute to play when a fourth-down pass by Webb went over the head of receiver Mike Jones. On the ensuing play, Pierre ran 73 yards for a touchdown to put an exclamation point on the Owls' victory.

Trailing 21-3, UAB got back in the game with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns. Webb hit Zach Lankford with a 20-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-10. A gaffe by Florida Atlantic on the ensuing kickoff gave UAB the ball back. The Owls allowed the kickoff to bounce behind kick returner Jeff Blanchard, and UAB's Ugonna Amarikwa pounced on the loose ball at the 28-yard line. Three plays later, Webb threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Frantrell Forrest to close to 21-17.

Florida Atlantic answered with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Gent to stretch the lead to 28-17 at the half.

The Owls scored on their opening drive with a little trickery. Wide receiver Gent took the handoff on a reverse and tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Bonner in the corner of the end zone to give them a 7-0 lead. A 5-yard touchdown pass by Smith to Jean made it 14-0.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UAB
FAU
1st Downs2725
Total Yards482554
Passing326358
Rushing156196
Penalties4-345-65
3rd Down Conversions8-197-10
4th Down Conversions3-51-1
Turnovers01
Possession35:4524:15

Passing Leaders

UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Webb26/483266.820
Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith21/343259.630

Rushing Leaders

UABCARYDSAVGTDLG
Webb18663.7016
Slaughter7415.9012
Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierre1313810.6273
Edgecomb8587.3113

Receiving Leaders

UABRECYDSAVGTDLG
Forrest1114913.5130
Johnson14343.0043
Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gent814618.3139
Housler35719.0030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUABFAU
TD12:16Chris Bonner 33 Yd Pass From Cortez Gent (Warley Leroy Kick) 07
TD06:32Lester Jean 5 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 014
FG02:35Swayze Waters 27 Yd 314
SECOND QUARTERUABFAU
TD14:55Charles Pierre 5 Yd Run (Warley Leroy Kick) 321
TD11:30Zach Lankford 20 Yd Pass From Joe Webb (Swayze Waters Kick) 1021
TD10:00Frantrell Forrest 19 Yd Pass From Joe Webb (Swayze Waters Kick) 1721
TD02:49Cortez Gent 30 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 1728
THIRD QUARTERUABFAU
TD11:50Aaron Johns 2 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2328
TD08:22Lester Jean 30 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Warley Leroy Kick) 2335
FG01:53Swayze Waters 43 Yd 2635
FOURTH QUARTERUABFAU
TD13:55Diivory Edgecomb 6 Yd Run (Warley Leroy Kick) 2642
TD07:43Justin Brooks 10 Yd Run (Rashaud Slaughter Run For Two-Point Conversion) 3442
TD00:40Charles Pierre 73 Yd Run (Warley Leroy Kick) 3449