NCAA Game Summary - Troy at UAB
(Saturday, September 1st)
Final Score: Troy 39, UAB 29
Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) - Troy's rushing attack was on point today with Shawn Southward turning 28 carries into 204 yards and three touchdowns, triggering a 39-29 victory for the Troy Trojans over the UAB Blazers.
Corey Robinson was efficient in the air, throwing for 184 yards and two touchdowns as he finished 12-of-21 for the Trojans (1-0). Chip Reeves reeled in six passes for 125 yards and a score for the visitors as well.
The Blazers (0-1) were paced by Jonathan Perry he connected on 18-of-33 for 317 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. Perry's favorite targets were Patrick Hearn (seven receptions, 108 yards) and Jackie Williams (six catches, 157 yards), the latter now having caught at least one pass in all 23 games in his UAB career.
Troy kicker Will Scott put the Trojans on the scoreboard with a 44-yard field goal on their first drive of the game.
Later in the first quarter Southward carried Troy into the end zone with a one-yard run to cap a seven-play, 36-yard drive.
Less than three minutes into the second frame Robinson directed an 80-yard drive that required a mere four plays, the signal-caller hitting Reeves with a 55-yard TD strike to give the Trojans a 17-0 advantage.
UAB finally got on the scoreboard late in the first half when Perry combined with Greg Franklin on a 21-yard TD pass play to cut the deficit to 17-7 at the break.
On the opening drive to start the second half Greg Franklin, Darrin Reaves, and Dontavius Jackson took the Blazers down the field and into the end zone within five plays, culminating with a Jackson nine-yard run to make the score 17-14.
Midway through the third quarter Troy answered defensively with a safety due to miscommunication by the UAB special teams unit, which made the score 19-14.
UAB kicker Ty Long drew the Blazers to within two points at the 2:20 mark of the third quarter as he knocked through a 27-yard field goal.
Troy came right back with a big run by Southward for 55 yards and then he punched it into the end zone with a seven-yard effort to put the Trojans up 25-17, with the subsequent PAT being blocked by UAB's Connor Boyett.
The beginning of the fourth quarter had Perry and the Blazer's balanced running attack respond with a Perry one-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed however and that left UAB trailing by two.
Robinson got back on track with a 44-yard completion to Reeves and a 25-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Chitty to move Troy out to a 32-23 advantage.
It got worse for the UAB offense, as Perry fumbled on their own 13-yard line and Tony Davis recovered it for the Trojan defense. Southward recorded a five-yard touchdown run to give the visitors a commanding 16-point advantage.
UAB managed to put together an eight-play, 78-yard drive that took just 2:32 off the clock and was finished off with a 24-yard TD pass from Perry to Jamarcus Nelson, but a failed two-point conversion left the Blazers facing a double-digit deficit at 39-29.
This was the first game for UAB's new head coach Garrick McGee, a former offensive coordinator at Arkansas, who is the fourth head coach in school history.
09/01 18:04:40 ET