Nov. 13, 2004
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Roddy White caught two touchdown passes and UAB's defense bounced back from two poor performances to lead the Blazers to a 20-7 victory over Houston.
White caught scoring passes of 8 and 57 yards from Darrell Hackney. White finished with eight catches for 153 yards, giving him five 100-yard receiving games in a row.
UAB (6-3, 4-2 Conference USA) built a 14-0 lead and held off a Houston comeback attempt in the second period. The Blazers became bowl eligible while Houston (3-7,3-4) saw a two-game winning streak snapped.
UAB had allowed 104 points in losing two games in a row. That prompted Coach Watson Brown to shuffle his staff, moving assistants Rick Christophel and Woodrow Lowe to work with the defensive line. UAB had been without a defensive line coach since Pat Donohoe resigned following his arrest for marijuana possession earlier this season.
The coaching shuffle seemed to work for the Blazers. UAB held Houston without a first down in the first quarter and wound up with eight quarterback sacks.
UAB jumped on top when Dan Burks ran 21 yards for a touchdown with 8:51 left in the first quarter. After Houston failed to move the ball, UAB drove 56 yards in five plays to score on Hackney's 8-yard pass to White.
The Blazers missed two other chances to score in the first half. An interception by Rocky Schwartz at the Houston five-yard line stopped one UAB drive and a fumble recovery by Courtney Brooks at the Houston 16 stopped another.
Houston controlled the ball much of the third quarter, driving 66 yards in 15 plays to score on Kolb's seven-yard run.
That cut UAB's lead to 14-7. But the Blazers responded when Hackney fired a quick slant pass that White turned into a 57-yard scoring play. Houston blocked the extra point kick to make it 20-7.