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Reaves, UAB hold off Marshall rally for 38-31 win

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -

Darrin Reaves rushed for 184 yards and two scores and Alabama-Birmingham withstood a late Marshall barrage to win 38-31 Saturday.
    
The Blazers (3-7, 2-4 Conference USA) led 31-7 with 5:23 left in the third quarter.
    
Within 2 minutes, the Thundering Herd roared back with a 10-yard TD pass from Rakeem Cato to Jazz King, followed by Kevin Grooms' 7-yard TD run and Justin Haig's 38-yard field goal with 7:18 remaining.
    
Reaves answered with a 17-yard TD, capping an 11-play, 80-yard drive with 2:50 left to set a single-season UAB touchdown record with 12.
    
Marshall (4-6, 1-5) then moved downfield quickly and efficiently, with Cato connecting with Tommy Shuler on 30- and 19-yard plays before finding Gator Hoskins for a 3-yard TD with 1:41 remaining.
    
UAB recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
    
The Blazers' Austin Brown threw two TD passes and Jackie Williams had a 79-yard punt return.

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