UAB Falls to Troy in Season Opener, 34-31

Nelson totaled 367 all-purpose yards versus Troy.

Aug 31, 2013

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TROY, Ala. (AP) - Jamarcus Nelson totaled 367 all-purpose yards to set a school record and scored on a school-record 97-yard kickoff return, but UAB lost to Troy 34-31.

Will Scott kicked a 30-yard field goal to give Troy a season-opening win over the Blazers on Saturday.

The Trojans rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit, tying it on a 1-yard run by quarterback Deon Anthony with 3:17 remaining.

UAB had the first overtime possession and botched the snap on a 37-yard field goal attempt. On Troy's first overtime play, Anthony had a 16-yard run. Two plays later, Scott won it.

Troy quarterback Corey Robinson finished 30-for-32 passing for 319 yards and a touchdown. He set a Sun Belt Conference record for completion percentage and tied a 45-year-old school record with 20 consecutive completions.

UAB's Austin Brown passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns, including a 62-yarder to Nelson in the third quarter that gave the Blazers a 31-17 lead.

UAB junior running back Darrin Reaves, a first-team All-Conference USA selection last season, finished the game with 110 yards on 23 carries, his fourth career 100-yard game.

Defensively, Blazer linebacker Jake Ganus registered a career-best 11 tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss.

UAB now travels to Baton Rouge, La., to take on No. 12 LSU next Saturday. Kick off is set for 6 p.m. on ESPNU.