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Big first half lifts UAB past TCU

By wire services
Published October 16, 2004

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Darrell Hackney threw five touchdowns in the first half to lead UAB to a 41-25 victory over TCU on Friday.

Hackney, a junior who threw four touchdowns against Army in 2002, was 15-for-24 for 337 yards. He helped UAB join Southern Mississippi and Louisville as the only undefeated teams in Conference USA. The Blazers (5-1, 3-0 C-USA) are off to their first 3-0 conference start in school history.

Brandon Hassell was 20-for-33 for 293 yards and one touchdown for TCU (3-3, 1-2). UAB piled up 315 yards of total offense and built a 35-14 lead by halftime.

Hackney threw a 59-yard touchdown to Roddy White on UAB's second play. Reggie Lindsey caught touchdowns of 17 and 40 yards, and Cedric Hampton and Norris Drinkard caught 10-yard scoring passes.

DUKE: Tailback Cedric Dargan will be a game-time decision. He opened the season with 114 rushing yards against Navy, including 101 yards in the first half before sustaining a leg injury early in the second half. He has not played since.

FLORIDA: A limited number of tickets remain for today's game against Middle Tennessee. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the plaza ticket booth on the west side of the stadium beginning at 9 a.m.

GEORGIA: Linebacker Arnold Harrison is expected to play today after missing two games with a shoulder injury.

KENTUCKY: Quarterback Shane Boyd will not play the entire time today. His backup, redshirt freshman Andre Woodson, has seen extended playing time in the past two games, a trend coach Rich Brooks said will continue as the coaches try to develop Woodson.

ILLINOIS: Running back E.B. Halsey, who strained his left knee last week, likely won't play.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sophomore quarterback Syvelle Newton will start today, but Blake Mitchell, the third-stringer, will play on the fourth series and, perhaps, at other times, coach Lou Holtz said. Senior Dondrial Pinkins remains out with a bruised shoulder.

SOUTH CAROLINA ST.: Coach Buddy Pough received a two-year extension through 2009. Pough, a former assistant under Holtz at South Carolina, is 19-10 in 21/2 seasons and has the Bulldogs in position to make a run at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title.

TEMPLE: Coach Bobby Wallace conceded the uncertainty of the program's future has made it difficult to attract recruits. The Big East is kicking the Owls out after this season.

"Obviously it's a stressful situation for everybody," Wallace said. "But the players' motivation comes from competing and playing on Saturday. They come here to play Division I football, and that's what they're going to do (today) against Rutgers.

"But some things have to be settled pretty soon for us to have some success recruiting, and I think they will."

TEXAS: Tony Jeffery, the team's leading receiver with 16 catches, will be a game-time decision after hurting his shoulder last week.

[Last modified October 16, 2004, 01:01:20]


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