|Date of game: 11/8/2014
Recap: UAB vs. Louisiana Tech
Birmingham, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenneth Dixon ran for 79 yards and three touchdowns as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs took down the UAB Blazers, 40-24, in Conference USA action at Legion Field.
Dixon ran the ball 15 times for the Bulldogs (7-3, 6-0 CUSA) as they picked up a collective 228 yards on 46 attempts during their fifth win in a row. Quarterback Cody Sokol completed 19-of-33 for another 200 yards and two touchdowns, as well as one interception.
Tech, which remains undefeated in the all-time series at 5-0, is also all alone atop of the West Division standings of Conference USA.
The Blazers (5-5, 3-3), losers of three of the last four, scored just a single offensive touchdown in the meeting, thanks to running back Jordan Howard who posted a game-high 148 yards and a score on 27 attempts. Cody Clements tried to provide the hosts with an aerial attack, but he converted just 22-of-36 for 186 yards, was picked off once and sacked four times.
Dixon tallied a pair of rushing touchdowns in the first quarter on runs of 12 and six yards, but in between UAB managed to get on the board with a 34-yard field goal by Ty Long.
The Blazers cut the deficit to just four in the second half when Howard reached the end zone on a six-yard run of his own.
Louisiana Tech closed out the first half with a pair of scores however, the first being a six-yard TD by Dixon and the other a 23-yard field goal from Jonathan Barnes as time expired, providing the visitors with a 24-10 edge at the break.
UAB stopped the bleeding momentarily three minutes into the third when a fumbled punt resulted in a 56-yard return by Jake Ganus, again closing the gap, this time to seven points.
Sokol notched touchdown passes of 10 and 11 yards to Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, while Kyle Fischer added a 48-yard field goal for the Bulldogs, advancing their advantage to 40-17 midway through the final period.
Following the score by Henderson, JJ Nelson returned the ensuing kickoff the length of the field for a touchdown, but by then it was too little, too late for UAB.
The Blazers, who controlled the ball for just 24:29 on the afternoon, hurt themselves with eight penalties for a loss of 85 yards. Louisiana Tech was flagged just twice for 15 yards on the day.Game Notes