Guard Sebastian Tretola throws TD pass in Arkansas' lopsided win

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas made sure to get everyone, even its offensive linemen, in on the fun 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 Jamarcus Nelson, played without injured quarterback Cody Clements.

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

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While the Blazers were held without an offensive score until Briscoe'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.