Published on NewsOK Modified: August 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm •  Published: August 30, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Cody Clements passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, while Jordan Howard rushed for two more in helping the University of Alabama-Birmingham beat Troy University 48-10 on Saturday.

UAB of the Conference USA-East, opened its 2014 season and the Bill Clark era by falling behind Troy 7-0, but the Blazers rattled off 24-straight points before halftime behind Clements' and Howard's efforts.

"It's a good start. I'm definitely proud of these guys," Clark said of getting his first UAB win. "We know what kind of program Troy has, and we have a lot of respect for them."

Howard routinely shredded the Trojan defense en route to 74 first-half rushing yards and UAB's first score, a 2-yard touchdown run. Clements, making his first start for UAB, then sandwiched a 34-yard field goal by Ty Long with a pair of touchdown passes to Kennard Backman to put UAB up 24-7.

Ryan Kay cut the UAB lead to 24-10 with a 47-yard Trojan field goal as time expired in the first half.

UAB sealed the win with Howard's 55-yard touchdown pass and Clements' 1-yard TD run in the third quarter.

Howard finished with 179 yards on the ground, while D.J. Vinson added 106 yards and UAB's final touchdown.

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