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Memphis finally scores a win over UAB; A&M falls on road

The Associated Press

Memphis became bowl-eligible and erased the UAB jinx all in one game.

Joseph Doss rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown and Matt Reagan kicked a career-high four field goals on Saturday as Memphis (6-5, 5-2 Conference USA) defeated the Blazers 25-9. The victory also snapped the Blazers seven-game winning streak over the Tigers.

“It’s great just to get a win against this team because it’s been a burden on our back for a long time,” said reserve quarterback Will Hudgens, who opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run. “They’re a rival, close to us, a conference game and everything. It’s just great to get bowl-eligible and get six wins.”

Martin Hankins threw for 298 yards and Duke Calhoun led Memphis receivers with 159 yards on four catches, including a pair of 70-yard receptions.

UAB’s scores came on a 26-yard field goal by Swayze Waters, and a 1-yard run by Brandon Thornton, the first rushing touchdown by a Blazer running back this season.

Sam Hunt completed 11-of-19 passes for 121 yards for UAB (2-9, 1-5 Conference USA).

The 168-yard performance by Doss was only the second time this season a Tiger runner has surpassed 100 yards. Memphis entered the game ranked 10th in the conference in rushing with a 121.4 yard average.

“We still can’t stop the run; our defense can’t stop them from running,” Blazer coach Neil Callaway said. “And then, offensively, we have to score more than nine points. We had some chances. I think we moved the ball pretty consistently. You’ve got to score touchdowns.”

Prairie View A&M 30, Alabama A&M 20: Mark Spivey threw for two scores as Prairie View A&M wrapped up its best season in more than 40 years with a 30-20 win against Alabama A&M.

Anthony Weeden opened the scoring with a 73-yard punt return and Prairie View (7-3, 6-3 Southwestern Athletic) built a 21-0 halftime lead.

The Panthers had their most victories since 1964, when they went 9-0 and topped the Sheridan Broadcasting Network’s ranking of historically black colleges. Prairie View had its first winning season since 1976.

Alabama A&M (7-3, 6-3) trailed 30-7 after three quarters. Kelcy Luke ran for two touchdowns and threw for another.

Luke, who threw for 232 yards, had a 7-yard run and 17-yard pass to Thomas Harris to bring the Bulldogs within 10 in the fourth quarter.

Southeast Missouri 32, Jacksonville State 25: Southeast Missouri State scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Jacksonville State for its first conference win in the final game for both teams.

JSU (6-5, 5-3 Ohio Valley) grabbed a 25-10 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter, but SE Missouri (3-7, 1-6) scored 22 straight points, including a TD pass from Houston Lillard to Miles Edwards with eight minutes left in the game that put the Redhawks ahead for the first time.

Lillard completed 14-of-25 passes for 224 yards and three TDs, including two to Edwards. Elton Peterson rushed 33 times for 120 yards for SE Missouri.

Matt Hardin completed 10 of 20 passes for 159 yards for JSU.

Eastern Illinois 33, Samford 17: Ademola Adeniji scored three touchdowns, including one on a 65-yard run, to lead Eastern Illinois past Samford.

Chris Evans rushed 19 times for 106 yards and a touchdown for Samford (4-7, 2-6 OVC). He finished the season with 1,033 yards rushing. Adeniji rushed 27 times for 170 yards.

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