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

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.