Austin Brown looks to pass. (Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)
September 28, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) - Vanderbilt's Jerron Seymour ran for a pair of first half touchdowns to lead the Commodores to a 52-24 win over UAB at Vanderbilt Stadium.
The Commodores scored 17 points in the second quarter to stretch a 7-3 first quarter advantage to 18 (24-6) at halftime en route to the 28-point victory. The Blazers added a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, but Vanderbilt countered with 21 points of its own.
Seymour started the game's scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. With just over nine minutes remaining in the second Seymour took a direct snap and ran for a 58-yard score on the only play of that drive.
Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels ran for a touchdown and threw for two more. He was 23-29 passing for a career high 334 yards.
Carta-Samuels' second touchdown pass went to Jordan Matthews, who tied a Vanderbilt record with his 21st career touchdown reception.
Jonathan Perry came off the bench for UAB and tossed touchdown passes of 29 yards to Darius Powell and 17 yards to Jamari Staples. Perry finished the game with 9-of-16 passing for 155 yards. Starting signal-caller Austin Brown was just 10-of-20 for 51 yards with an interception.
True freshman running back Jordan Howard had his best game to date with 92 yards on only nine attempts, an average of 10.2 yards per rush. He also broke loose for a season-long rush of 52 yards.
Defensively, cornerback Jimmy Jean paced the Blazers with 10 tackles. Linebacker D.J. White registered his first interception since the 2010 season and also added seven tackles.