FAU 38, UAB 35
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
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
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.