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.
Southward, a senior, got those yards on a career-high 28 carries. The last time Southward ran for more than 100 yards in a game came during his freshman year at Western Kentucky.
"I feel good just going out and getting a win," Southward said. "I'm tired and kind of sore, but I enjoyed it. This is the first time getting that many carries and I enjoyed it."
Troy's win spoiled Garrick McGee's head coaching debut for UAB.
UAB's Jonathan Perry threw for 317 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.