UAB at Tulane

Tulane 55, UAB 45


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ryan Griffin threw for 466 yards and five touchdowns Saturday as Tulane defeated Alabama-Birmingham 55-45 in Conference USA play.

Griffin, who missed three weeks because of a shoulder injury, has topped 300 passing yards in Tulane's last three games. He has completed 79 of 118 passes, for 10 touchdowns and one interception during that span.

Griffin's 15-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Rush broke a 7-7 first-quarter tie and the Green Wave (2-6, 2-2) quickly extended that lead to 21-7 behind Griffin's 61-yarder to Ryan Grant.

Grant hauled in his second touchdown catch of the day, this time an 8-yarder, to give Tulane a 31-10 halftime lead.

Grant finished with 184 receiving yards on six catches while Rush caught eight passes for 126 yards.

UAB (1-7, 0-4) cut the deficit to 45-38 in the fourth quarter but Cairo Santos converted his second field goal of the game to seal the victory.

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Scoring Summary
TULANEXavier Rush 21 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)
UABDarrin Reaves 1 yd run (Ty Long kick)
TULANEXavier Rush 15 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANERyan Grant 61 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANECairo Santos 21 yd FG
UABTy Long 25 yd FG
TULANERyan Grant 8 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)
UABKennard Backman 1 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)
UABDarrin Reaves 2 yd run (Ty Long kick)
TULANEWilson Van Hooser 16 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)
UABJackie Williams 12 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)
TULANEOrleans Darkwa 1 yd run (Cairo Santos kick)
UABDarrin Reaves 25 yd run (Ty Long kick)
TULANECairo Santos 32 yd FG
TULANEOrleans Darkwa 32 yd run (Cairo Santos kick)
UABKennard Backman 20 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2926
Third Down Efficiency5-139-14
Fourth Down Efficiency2-30-1
Plays-Net Yards81-62279-619
Passing Yds409466
Kick Return Yds1963
Punt Return Yds1763
Time of Poss.25:134:59
Individual Stats
UAB: Darrin Reaves 21-166, Greg Franklin 2-27, Bashr Coles 1-17, Austin Brown 4-3
TULANE: Orleans Darkwa 20-74, Rob Kelley 8-59, Dante Butler 5-19, Ryan Griffin 2-3, Team 2--2
UAB: Austin Brown 26-52-409-3, Team 0-1-0-0
TULANE: Ryan Griffin 34-42-466-1
UAB: Darrin Reaves 7-55, Jackie Williams 6-143, Nick Adams 5-119, Patrick Hearn 2-36, Kennard Backman 2-21, Jay Davis 2-19, Greg Franklin 2-16
TULANE: Rob Kelley 9-66, Xavier Rush 8-126, Ryan Grant 6-184, Marc Edwards 4-31, Orleans Darkwa 3-20, Wilson Van Hooser 2-25, Dante Butler 1-8, Matt Marfisi 1-6

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