Dak Prescott threw for 211 yards and four touchdowns while also running for 111 yards and a touchdown to lead Mississippi State past UAB 47-34 on Saturday afternoon.
The Blazers (1-1) battled the Bulldogs all day on the strength of a 548-516 advantage in total yards. UAB's quarterback combination of Cody Clements and Jeremiah Briscoe, along with a 37-yard pass completion by tight end Nolen Smith, accounted for 435 passing yards and three touchdowns.
"Wow, what a game," UAB head football coach Bill Clark said. "We came in here at halftime and I think it had been two hours, which was like a regular game, we played in a half. I was sick, but at the same time, I was so proud of these guys and their effort. We just got through telling them that effort isn't everything, that we expect to win, but I'm really proud of them and where we think we can go with this."
UAB senior wide receiver J.J. Nelson caught an 88-yard pass from Briscoe for a touchdown with 13:03 left in the second quarter. The scoring play, the sixth-longest pass play in UAB history, gave the Blazers a 17-13 lead. In the third quarter, Clements connected on an 81-yard touchdown completion to receiver Josh Magee.
UAB running back Jordan Howard rushed for 89 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run in the early stages of the second quarter.
The Blazers added a final big play with only 38 seconds remaining in the game when Briscoe hooked up with true freshman Quincy Perdue on a 75-yard touchdown pass.
The Blazers attempted an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and thought they had recovered, but the officials ruled it MSU's ball.
UAB's Briscoe threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Clements threw for 167 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
The two teams combined for 1,064 total yards - UAB had 548 and Mississippi State 516.
UAB senior kicker Ty Long kicked field goals of 44 and 46 yards, giving him 50 for his career and moving him into a second place tie with former Blazer Swayze Waters on the school's all-time list.
The Blazers will return to action at home next Saturday, Sept. 13, when they host Alabama A&M at Legion Field. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT.