Ala.-Birmingham 49, Charleston Southern 13
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Carl Sanders rushed for a school record 240 yards and three touchdowns and Robert Davis gained 160 yards and two TDs to lead Alabama-Birmingham to a 49-13 win over Charleston Southern on Thursday night.
The Blazers (5-6) gained 504 yards rushing and another 95 passing to dominate the Division I-AA Buccaneers (2-8). Charleston Southern managed just 93 total yards, including minus-22 on the ground.
Sanders’ performance eclipsed UAB’s previous rushing record, held by Pat Green, who ran for 211 yards in a 1992 game against Clinch Valley.
UAB also set school records for rushing attempts (73), total offensive plays (89) and fewest total yards allowed. Placekicker Jake Arians made seven PAT attempts to tie a school record.
The Buccaneers’ highlight game came in the final minutes of the first quarter when Chris King picked up a fumble and returned it 95 yards for a TD. That cut the Blazers’ lead to 14-6, but the extra point was blocked.
Sanders then scored three straight TDs on runs of 4, 6 and 48 yards.
Davis followed with scoring runs of 39 yards and 7 yards, giving the Blazers a 49-6 lead.
The Buccaneers scored again in the closing moments of the fourth quarter when quarterback Andy Tharr connected on a 38-yard TD pass with Joel Blaschke.
In the first quarter, Blazers quarterback Rodney Hudson had a 49-yard TD pass to Darrius Malone and an 8-yard scoring run.