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Troy hammers N. Texas to stay unbeaten in Sun Belt; UAB falls to Houston

The Associated Press

Omar Haugabook passed for three touchdowns but also threw four interceptions as Troy survived seven turnovers to beat North Texas 45-7 on Saturday and remain undefeated in Sun Belt Conference play.

The 7 turnovers were the most for Troy (5-2, 4-0 Sun Belt) since the Trojans began playing in Division I-A, now the Bowl Subdivision, in 2001.

But the Troy defense made up for the sloppy offensive play, recording 9 sacks and forcing 2 fumbles and an interception.

The win came in Larry Blakeney’s 200th game as head coach at Troy.

Blakeney said Troy’s defense was the difference in the game.

“Our defense was all over it, all day,” Blakeney said. “With our offense not as sharp, our defense made plays.”

Haugabook threw touchdown passes of 22 and 42 yards to Gary Banks in the first quarter and a 46-yard scoring pass to Jerrel Jernigan in the 2nd quarter.

Leodis McKelvin returned a punt 52-yards for another early score as the Trojans took a 28-0 halftime lead.

The Trojans cruised to the easy win in the second half, scoring on an 8-yard pass from Haugabook to Kenny Cattouse, a 38-yard pass from Tanner Jones to Justin Bray and a 24-yard field goal by Gary Whibbs.

Houston 49, UAB 10: Anthony Aldridge ran for 117 yards on 17 carries and scored 2 touchdowns to lead Houston to a victory in Birmingham.

Mark Hafner and Donnie Avery each caught five passes for a balanced Houston offense that generated 540 total yards. The Cougars (4-3, 3-1 Conference USA) had 335 yards rushing and 205 yards passing.

Houston used a two quarterback system, with Case Keenum and Blake Joseph each throwing for more than 100 yards and a touchdown.

UAB (2-5, 1-2) was led by Frantrell Forrest, who had five catches for 96 yards on one touchdown. The Blacers were held to 26 yards rushing and quarterback Sam Hunt threw four interceptions, all in the first half.

Jacksonville State 38, Tennessee Tech 10: Cedric Johnson ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as Jacksonville State defeated Tennessee Tech.

Jacksonville State (5-3, 4-1 Ohio Valley Conference) took a 10-0 first quarter lead and never trailed in the easy victory. The Gamecocks featured a balanced offense, running for 138 yards and passing for 179.

Johnson had 9- and 19-yard touchdown runs and completed a 12-yard scoring pass to Derrick Harris. The Gamecocks also got a 68-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hardin to Maurice Dupree and a 4-yard run for a score by Shawn Green.

Steven Brown, a wide receiver who was moved to quarterback because of injuries, was 12-of-18 for 108 yards and threw 2 interceptions for the Golden Eagles (4-4, 2-2).

Lee Sweeney also played quarterback for Tennessee Tech, passing for 77 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Brown.

Austin Peay 28, Samford 25: Chris Fletcher ran for three touchdowns as Austin Peay came from behind in the second half to defeat Samford.

The game featured two excellent rushing performances as Fletcher ran 24 times for 196 yards for the Colonels (5-3, 3-2 Ohio Valley Conference) and Samford’s Chris Evans carried the ball 26 times for 212 yards.

Samford (3-4, 1-3) held a 3-0 lead after a quiet first half thanks to a 22-yard first quarter field goal by Mark Prevost.

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