BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Shawn Southward ran for a career-high 204 yards and three touchdowns as Troy defeated Alabama-Birmingham 39-29 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Troy's win spoiled Garrick McGee's head coaching debut for UAB.
UAB's Jonathan Perry threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns but had two costly turnovers in the fourth quarter. Both led to Troy touchdowns.
With Troy up 25-23, De'Von Terry intercepted a Perry pass and the Trojans capped it off with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Corey Robinson to B.J. Chitty. On UAB's first play of the next drive, Perry was hit by Troy's Tyler Roberts and fumbled. Tony Davis recovered inside the 10-yard line.
After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against UAB, Southward scored from 5 yards out.
Robinson hit 12 of 21 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Chip Reeves had six catches for a career-high 125 yards and a 55-yard touchdown reception.
|TROY||Will Scott 44 yd FG|
|TROY||Shawn Southward 1 yd run (Will Scott kick)|
|TROY||Chip Reeves 55 yd pass from Corey Robinson (Will Scott kick)|
|UAB||Greg Franklin 21 yd pass from Jonathan Perry (Ty Long kick)|
|UAB||Dontavius Jackson 9 yd run (Ty Long kick)|
|UAB||Ty Long 27 yd FG|
|TROY||Shawn Southward 7 yd run (blocked XP)|
|UAB||Jonathan Perry 1 yd run (failed 2pt pass)|
|TROY||B.J. Chitty 25 yd pass from Corey Robinson (Will Scott kick)|
|TROY||Shawn Southward 5 yd run (Will Scott kick)|
|UAB||Jamarcus Nelson 24 yd pass from Jonathan Perry (failed 2pt pass)|
|Third Down Efficiency||5-13||8-16|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||0-2|
|Kick Return Yds||47||82|
|Punt Return Yds||4||-6|
|Time of Poss.||28:47||31:13|
|TROY: Shawn Southward 28-204, Justin Albert 8-50, Khary Franklin 1-10, Deon Anthony 5-4, Corey Robinson 3--6|
|UAB: Darrin Reaves 11-48, Jonathan Perry 13-46, Greg Franklin 6-41, Dontavius Jackson 11-26, Austin Brown 2--10, Team 1--17|
|TROY: Corey Robinson 12-21-184-0, Deon Anthony 1-1-7-0|
|UAB: Jonathan Perry 18-33-317-1, Austin Brown 1-1-8-0|
|TROY: Chip Reeves 6-125, Shawn Southward 3-10, B.J. Chitty 1-25, Jarod Lee 1-20, Felton Payton 1-7, Eric Thomas 1-4|
|UAB: Patrick Hearn 7-108, Jackie Williams 6-157, Darrin Reaves 2-8, Nick Adams 2-7, Jamarcus Nelson 1-24, Greg Franklin 1-21|
|Troy||3rd Sun Belt||4-3||6-6|
|UAB||5th Conference USA East||1-7||2-10|