MEMPHIS, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Kendal Gibson and Thomas Cox each scored on two-yard touchdown runs Saturday, lifting Alabama-Birmingham to a 17-14 Conference USA victory over Memphis.
Gibson, who carried just five times for 10 yards, made the most of one of his opportunities, producing his first short scoring run with 6:32 left before halftime, giving the Blazers a 10-7 advantage.
Cox boosted the Blazers' lead to 17-7 with his run 3:30 into the second half. Cox carried 12 times for 43 yards.
Nick Hayes kicked a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter for UAB (4-4, 3-2), which has rebounded to win its last two games following a three-game losing streak.
The Blazers' defense, which is nicknamed "The Steel Shield," held Memphis to 279 total yards and forced 11 punts.
Dante Brown scored on a seven-yard run and Neil Suber threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cameron for the Tigers (4-4, 2-3), who have lost two straight after consecutive victories.