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.
|TULANE||Xavier Rush 21 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)|
|UAB||Darrin Reaves 1 yd run (Ty Long kick)|
|TULANE||Xavier Rush 15 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)|
|TULANE||Ryan Grant 61 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)|
|TULANE||Cairo Santos 21 yd FG|
|UAB||Ty Long 25 yd FG|
|TULANE||Ryan Grant 8 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)|
|UAB||Kennard Backman 1 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)|
|UAB||Darrin Reaves 2 yd run (Ty Long kick)|
|TULANE||Wilson Van Hooser 16 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)|
|UAB||Jackie Williams 12 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)|
|TULANE||Orleans Darkwa 1 yd run (Cairo Santos kick)|
|UAB||Darrin Reaves 25 yd run (Ty Long kick)|
|TULANE||Cairo Santos 32 yd FG|
|TULANE||Orleans Darkwa 32 yd run (Cairo Santos kick)|
|UAB||Kennard Backman 20 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||5-13||9-14|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||2-3||0-1|
|Kick Return Yds||19||63|
|Punt Return Yds||17||63|
|Time of Poss.||25:1||34:59|
|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|
|UAB||5th Conference USA East||1-7||2-10|
|Tulane||4th Conference USA West||5-3||7-5|