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Jordan Howard runs for 179 yards and UAB blasts Troy 48-10

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    UAB safety Jay Davis (8) and cornerback Jimmy Jean (7) trip up Troy wide receiver K.D. Edenfield (13) during the second half an NCAA college football in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. UAB won 48-10. (AP Photo/The (Troy) Messenger, Thomas Graning) (The Associated Press)

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    UAB head coach Bill Clark gives a thumbs up to fans after an NCAA college football against Troy in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. UAB won 48-10. (AP Photo/The (Troy) Messenger, Thomas Graning) (The Associated Press)

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    UAB quarterback Cody Clements (5) releases a pass during the second half an NCAA college football against Troy in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. UAB won 48-10. (AP Photo/The (Troy) Messenger, Thomas Graning) (The Associated Press)

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    UAB running back D.J. Vinson (6) attempts to break away from Troy linebacker Mark Wilson (35) during the first half an NCAA college football in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/The (Troy) Messenger, Thomas Graning) (The Associated Press)

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    UAB linebacker Jake Ganus (4) and safety Bobby Baker (1) tackle Troy wide receiver K.D. Edenfield (13) during the first half an NCAA college football in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/The (Troy) Messenger, Thomas Graning) (The Associated Press)

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 going in to halftime behind Clements and Howard efforts.

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.