HOUSTON (AP) — A.J. Erdely threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Alabama-Birmingham shut out Rice 42-0 on Saturday.
Erdely had 274 yards passing for the Blazers (5-1, 3-0 Conference USA). Xavier Ubosi caught two touchdown passes and had 196 yards receiving. Spencer Brown and Jarrion Street each ran for a score.
Erdely's first throw of the day was a 38-yard touchdown to Ubosi four plays into the Blazers' first drive. Later, Chase Biles blocked a Rice punt and ended up with it in the endzone for another UAB score.
The Blazers began their second drive of the second quarter from their own 1-yard line and two plays later, Erdely struck again with a school-record tying 95-yard touchdown throw to Ubosi, making it 21-0 with 10:04 left in the half. Erdely ran for a 19-yard score just before the break, extending UAB's lead to 28-0.
Shawn Stankavage threw for 79 yards for the Owls (1-6, 0-3).