BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Jackie Williams hauled in a 44-yard touchdown on the final play, giving Alabama-Birmingham a 34-33 comeback victory over Troy on Saturday.
Williams made a leaping catch at the goal line from backup quarterback Bryan Ellis. The Hail Mary touchdown capped a 99-yard drive that began with 1:09 remaining and UAB out of timeouts.
The Blazers (1-2) trailed 23-0 with 6:35 left in the first half and were still behind 33-20 with nine minutes to play. Ellis hit Williams with a 36-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 33-27 with 8:34 remaining.
UAB squandered several scoring opportunities in the first half, committing three turnovers in Troy's territory and turning the ball over once on downs.