The Tulane Green Wave fell to the UAB Blazers 26-21, in Conference-USA action at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. Saturday night.
Tulane was led by senior running back Matt Forte who ran for 209 yards and a touchdown. It was Forte's second consecutive game with more than 200 yards rushing.
Tulane (1-5, 0-2 in C- USA) quarterback Anthony Scelfo completed 19-of-37 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns but also threw two interceptions. Sophomore receiver Jeremy Williams, who had a career-high 133 yards and a touchdown on six catches.
UAB's Sam Hunt completed 17-of-32 pass attempts for 262 yards and a touchdown, and back
up quarterback and receiver Joseph Webb made six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown, as UAB (2-4, 1-1 in C- USA) snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the first time C-USA after losing seen consecutive league games.
The game was scoreless through the first quarter, with Tulane scoring first when Matt Forte scored on an eight-yard touchdown run three-and-a-half minutes into the second period.
But UAB tied the score at 7 on the ensuing kickoff, which Frantrell Forrest returned 92 yards for a touchdown.
Tulane played tit-for-tat and scored on their possession following the return when Scelfo hit
Brian King with a pass for 31 yards and a touchdown to put Tulane up 14-7.
But the Blazers answered on their next possession when Devin Barnett was stripped of the
football at the Tulane 1-yard line by David Skehan, and Blazer Terrence Edge, a true freshman lineman, recovered the ball in the end zone for six more Blazer points, cutting the Green Wave lead to 14-13.
Blazers' kicker Swayze Waters missed the extra-point attempt and also missed a 33-yard field
goal attempt as time expired in the first half and Tulane took the 14-13 lead into the locker
room at half time.
UAB took the opening kickoff of the second half and moved 82 yards in five plays for a
touchdown. Hunt capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Webb early in third
quarter to give the Blazers their first lead of the game at 20-14.
Waters added to the Blazer lead with a pair of fourth quarter field goals to extend the UAB
lead to 26-14.
Tulane rallied and Scelfo threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Williams with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Wave had another shot as time expired but Kevin Moore's Hail Mary pass for Casey Robottom fell incomplete and UAB ran out the clock.
Tulane's defense was led by Josh Lumar and Evan Lee with seven tackles apiece. Sophomore
Chinoso Echebelem added six tackles.
The Green Wave returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 20, when they visit Dallas, Texas, to take
on C-USA foe SMU at 7 p.m. The game caps a three-game road swing for Tulane and will be
televised regionally on Fox Sports Net-Southwest.