Rakeem Cato threw for two touchdowns and Ra'shawde Myers recovered a fumble in the end zone for a late score as No. 18 Marshall defeated UAB 23-18.
Marshall (11-0, 7-0 Conference USA) had its closest game yet against the Blazers (5-6, 3-4) but took another step toward a possible New Year's Day bowl.
Marshall led 17-6 at halftime and seemed to have the game in hand after Cato's 28-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Shuler and a 43-yard scoring pass to Angelo Jean-Louis.
But UAB came back on TD runs of 1 and 10 yards by Jordan Howard to lead 18-17 in the fourth quarter.
With UAB's Cody Clements trying to pass in his own end zone, Marshall's Arnold Blackmon caused a fumble that Myers recovered for the final score.