Boxscore
Alabama-Birmingham 34, Southern Mississippi 31
Thursday, November 17, 2011 8:00 PM
Location - Legion Field
Attendance - 14103

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Southern Mississippi 14 7 3 7 31
Alabama-Birmingham 14 10 0 10 34

Recap


Alabama-Birmingham scored three rushing touchdowns, and Ty Long kicked a game-winning 38-yard field goal to give the Blazers a 34-31 upset win over No. 20 Southern Miss on Thursday night at Legion Field.
 
The loss means the Golden Eagles (9-2, 5-2 Conference USA) will have to wait one more week to clinch a spot in the Conference USA Championship Game against either Houston or Tulsa. Southern Miss, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped, plays at last-place Memphis on Nov. 26 to close the season.
 
Alabama-Birmingham (3-8, 3-5 Conference USA) won its second straight game after losing eight of its first nine to open the season.
 
After Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis scored on a 1-yard sneak on fourth-and-goal to tie the game at 31-31 with 10:27 left, the Blazers responded with a clock-eating drive to regain the lead.
 
Alabama-Birmingham capped a 12-play, 49-yard drive that milked 7:23 off the clock with Long’s field goal to take a 34-31 lead.
 
Southern Miss had one final chance to either tie or win the game, but Davis’ pass to Ryan Balentine on fourth-and-6 near midfield fell incomplete.
 
Greg Franklin, Darrin Reaves and quarterback Jonathan Perry all scored on the ground for the Blazers, who led 24-21 at the break to give Southern Miss its first halftime deficit of the season.
 
Perry also found D.J. Vinson for a 3-yard touchdown in the first half.
 
Davis threw for two scores and ran for one more for Southern Miss, and his 8-yard pass to Quentin Pierce in the second quarter gave him 10,000 career passing yards.
 
Alabama-Birmingham has now won three straight matchups with the Golden Eagles.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 12:46
Southern Mississippi   TD  Alabama-Birmingham 0 - Southern Mississippi 7
1st Quarter - 11:30
Southern Mississippi   TD  Alabama-Birmingham 0 - Southern Mississippi 14
1st Quarter - 5:51
Alabama-Birmingham   TD  Alabama-Birmingham 7 - Southern Mississippi 14
1st Quarter - 2:38
Alabama-Birmingham   TD  Alabama-Birmingham 14 - Southern Mississippi 14
2nd Quarter - 11:21
Southern Mississippi   TD  Alabama-Birmingham 14 - Southern Mississippi 21
2nd Quarter - 6:07
Alabama-Birmingham   TD  Alabama-Birmingham 21 - Southern Mississippi 21
2nd Quarter - 0:19
Alabama-Birmingham   FG  Alabama-Birmingham 24 - Southern Mississippi 21
3rd Quarter - 10:37
Southern Mississippi   FG  Alabama-Birmingham 24 - Southern Mississippi 24
4th Quarter - 13:29
Alabama-Birmingham   TD  Alabama-Birmingham 31 - Southern Mississippi 24
4th Quarter - 10:27
Southern Mississippi   TD  Alabama-Birmingham 31 - Southern Mississippi 31
4th Quarter - 3:04
Alabama-Birmingham   FG  Alabama-Birmingham 34 - Southern Mississippi 31
TEAMS

Team Records

  Southern Mississippi Alabama-Birmingham
W/L 9 - 2 - 0 3 - 8 - 0
Conference 5 - 2 - 0 3 - 5 - 0

Team Stats

  Southern Mississippi Alabama-Birmingham
Score 31 34
First Downs 28 23
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-10
40%
12-for-17
71%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-3
67%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 523 434
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 35-251 50-198
Average/Rush 7.2 4.0
Passing
Comp-Att 22-31 17-26
Passing Yards 272 236
Average/Pass Play 8.5 8.7
Penalties-Yards 5-41 4-40
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 23:12 36:48

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Davis 20/29 264 2 1
P. Boehme 1/1 10 1 0
Q. Pierce 1/1 -2 0 0
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Perry 17/26 236 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Woodyard 10 95 9.5 0
D. Johnson 14 85 6.1 0
T. Lampley 4 39 9.8 0
A. Davis 7 32 4.6 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
G. Franklin 17 85 5.0 1
D. Reaves 19 62 3.3 1
J. Perry 12 53 4.4 1
N. Adams 1 2 2.0 0
J. Nelson 1 -4 -4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Bolden 7 97 13.9 1
R. Balentine 3 59 19.7 1
J. Duhon 0 27 0.0 0
J. Woodyard 2 24 12.0 0
D. Sullivan 2 23 11.5 0
C. Briggs 1 16 16.0 0
Q. Pierce 2 11 5.5 0
R. Hanks 1 10 10.0 1
A. Davis 1 8 8.0 0
T. Lampley 3 5 1.7 0
D. Johnson 0 -8 0.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Williams 5 78 15.6 0
P. Hearn 4 60 15.0 0
N. Adams 2 37 18.5 0
J. Nelson 2 33 16.5 0
J. Davis 1 16 16.0 0
N. Smith 1 7 7.0 0
D. Vinson 2 5 2.5 1
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