Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams (32) pushes away UAB cornerback Rolan Milligan (26) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Danny Johnston
October 25, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas made sure to get everyone, even its offensive linemen, in on the fun on Saturday.

Jonathan Williams rushed for a career-high 153 yards and had two touchdowns, and 350-pound offensive guard Sebastian Tretola had a touchdown pass as Arkansas rolled to a 45-17 win over Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday.

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Razorbacks (4-4), who led 35-0 at halftime and outgained the Blazers 484-195.

Tretola, the heaviest player on the Arkansas roster, provided the biggest highlight for the Razorbacks with his 6-yard touchdown pass to Alan D'Appollonio in the second quarter.

Williams topped his previous best of 151 yards rushing, set last year against Louisiana-Lafayette, while Brandon Allen added 205 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns.

Alabama-Birmingham (4-4), which had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by J.J. Nelson, played without injured quarterback Cody Clements.

Clements was injured late in a loss to Middle Tennessee last week, and the junior was replaced on Saturday by freshman Jeremiah Brisco - who finished 6-of-18 passing for 62 yards.

While the Blazers were held without an offensive score until Brisco's late 33-yard touchdown pass to Nyiakki Height, Arkansas enjoyed a much-needed reprieve after three straight losses against top 10 teams.

Williams opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run on the game's opening drive, and the Razorbacks extended their lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter on his second - a 17-yard pass from Allen.

With little doubt about the outcome at that point, Tretola gave Arkansas one of its best moments in a season full of close calls and late disappointment.

After the Razorbacks briefly lined up for a short field goal attempt midway through the second quarter, they quickly shifted into a swinging gate formation.

Tretola, a junior college transfer in his first season with Arkansas, then went in motion from his usual left guard spot and lined up at quarterback. The 6-foot-5, 350-pound California native took the snap from D'Appollonio, who then sprinted to the left side of the end zone for his first career catch - also Tretola's first career attempt and completion.

The surprising touchdown pass put the Razorbacks up 28-0, a more-than-comfortable margin for a team that's let fourth-quarter leads slip away in recent losses to Texas A&M and Alabama.

Arkansas, which had nine receivers catch passes, extended its lead to 45-3 late in the third quarter on Allen's second touchdown pass - a 15-yard strike to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle.

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