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November 17, 2011

Eagles blaze out in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ty Long kicked a 38-yard field goal with 3:04 left to lift UAB to a 34-31 upset of No. 20 Southern Mississippi on Thursday night.

The Blazers (3-8, 3-5 Conference USA) earned their second victory ever against a ranked team, having beaten No. 17 East Carolina 36-17 in 1999. UAB was more than a three-touchdown underdog in this game.

The Golden Eagles (9-2, 5-2) pushed the ball across midfield twice in the final minutes but Austin Davis' fourth-down pass was broken up by Jamie Bender. Davis' run for what would have been a first down was negated by a phantom chop block, setting up third and 20 from the Southern Miss 41.

UAB ran the clock down to 11 seconds before punting. The Golden Eagles had at least five laterals before the final play ended inside the Blazers' 40.

Southern Miss can still claim the East Division title with a win over Memphis.


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