BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- 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.
Ohio State entered the week with the best early 2017 class, which featured nine ESPN Junior 300 verbals. On Tuesday morning, that number reached double-digits with the commitment of defensive lineman Haskell Garrett.
One of the hottest names from the Class of 2017 over the past few weeks, both on the field as well as in regard to his recruitment, has been Santa Ana (Calif.
In an interview, former Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen said not everyone on the team was "committed."
The Sooners might not just boast the best running backs in the Big 12. They might have the best group in the country.
Iowa didn't get a lot of attention with their 2016 recruiting signings. But that's just the way the Hawkeyes like it.
Duke senior QB Thomas Sirk will have surgery after rupturing his left Achilles tendon. He suffered the same injury to his right Achilles in 2013.