NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jerron Seymour ran for a pair of first-half touchdowns to lead Vanderbilt to a 52-24 win over Alabama-Birmingham Saturday night.
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.
It was the first career two-touchdown game for the sophomore, who set a career high with 107 yards rushing.
Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels ran for a touchdown and threw for two more, completing 23-29 passes 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.
Ty Long kicked three field goals for the Blazers (1-3, 0-0 Conference USA) in the game. After connecting from 33 yards late in the first quarter, Long hit on a 20-yard field goal with 9:23 remaining in the second and again from 37 in the third.
That field goal came after UAB drove 72 yards in nine plays and had a first-and-goal from the Vanderbilt 5-yard line. After the ensuing kickoff, the Blazers were stung by Seymour's long touchdown run.
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The Commodores struck just before halftime when quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels ran for a 1-yard touchdown with five seconds remaining in the second quarter. It was the senior's fourth touchdown on the ground this season.
In addition to his running touchdown, Carta-Samuels threw for two more, completing 23-29 passes for a career high 334 yards. He also threw an interception.
Carta-Samuels' second touchdown pass went to Jordan Matthews, who tied a Vanderbilt record with his 21st career touchdown reception. The senior wide receiver is now tied with Dan Stricker atop the Commodores' list for all-time touchdown catches.
Senior wide receiver Jonathan Krause set a career-high with 108 yards receiving in the game, his second-consecutive game with more than 100 yards.
UAB freshman running back Jordan Howard led the Blazers on the ground with 92 yards, a season high. He had a 52-yard run in the first quarter.
Vanderbilt (3-2, 0-2 SEC) has won seven consecutive games against non-SEC opponents. They will play their next six games against conference foes.
UAB is 2-19 all-time against SEC opponents. Saturday's game concluded the non-league portion of their schedule.
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