BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Brandon Hayes ran for 127 yards and three scores and Jacob Karam lobbed three touchdown passes as Memphis routed Alabama-Birmingham 46-9 Saturday in Conference USA action.
Hayes kicked off the scoring just over six minutes in, capping a 66-yard drive with a 7-yard TD run. The Tigers (3-8, 3-4) led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter after Karam threw TD passes of 30 and 25 yards to Keiwone Malone and Alan Cross, respectively.
Karam found Jesse Milleson for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 6:41 left in the second quarter for a 28-3 halftime lead. The quarterback finished 14-of-16 passing for 147 yards.
The Blazers managed just 26 yards on the ground and 213 total. Kennard Backman scored UAB's lone TD on a 4-yard pass from Austin Brown with 6:00 left. Memphis blocked the extra-point try and returned it for two points and the final 46-9 advantage.
|MEMP||Brandon Hayes 7 yd run (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|MEMP||Keiwone Malone 30 yd pass from Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|MEMP||Alan Cross 25 yd pass from Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|UAB||Ty Long 48 yd FG|
|MEMP||Jesse Milleson 2 yd pass from Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|MEMP||Paulo Henriques 51 yd FG|
|MEMP||Brandon Hayes 5 yd run (missed kick)|
|MEMP||Brandon Hayes 46 yd run (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|UAB||Kennard Backman 4 yd pass from Austin Brown (blocked XP)|
|MEMP||Charles Harris returned XP|
|Third Down Efficiency||6-11||4-16|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||1-3|
|Kick Return Yds||27||24|
|Punt Return Yds||138||-1|
|Time of Poss.||31:5||28:55|
|MEMP: Brandon Hayes 19-127, Jai Steib 6-26, Carl Harris 4-11, Jacob Karam 8-7, Eric Mathews 3-4, Team 2--2|
|UAB: Darrin Reaves 14-38, Dontavius Jackson 4-11, Bashr Coles 3-6, Austin Brown 7--29|
|MEMP: Jacob Karam 14-16-147-0, Keiwone Malone 1-1-13-0|
|UAB: Austin Brown 23-41-187-1, Joe Bento 0-1-0-0|
|MEMP: Marcus Rucker 4-25, Alan Cross 3-36, Jesse Milleson 3-24, Keiwone Malone 2-42, Brandon Hayes 1-17, Jacob Karam 1-13, Carl Harris 1-3|
|UAB: Nick Adams 5-42, Patrick Hearn 4-44, Jackie Williams 3-44, Sam Accursio 3-20, Kennard Backman 3-18, Darrin Reaves 3--1, Jay Davis 2-20|
|Memphis||3rd Conference USA East||4-4||4-8|
|UAB||5th Conference USA East||2-6||3-9|