Troy becomes bowl eligible with win over Texas State
TROY, Ala. – Troy became bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last eight seasons with a 42-28 victory over Texas State on Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Trojans finish the regular season with a 6-6 record and are guaranteed a third place finish in the Sun Belt Conference.
Troy’s senior quarterback combo of Corey Robinson and Deon Anthony combined to complete 21-of-27 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Anthony, who played for the first time since Oct. 31 against ULM, completed just two passes for 164 yards but connected with Bryan Holmes and Eric Thomas for scores; he also rushed five times for 40 yards.
Robinson became the fifth player in NCAA history to record at least 3,000 yards of total offense in four seasons as he currently sits at 3,108 yards on the year. He is now one of just four players in NCAA history with at least 3,000 passing yards and 3,000 yards of total offense in four seasons.
“It means a lot. Everybody wants to win every game,” Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said. “For those guys to turn it back in that direction and have a chance to get a bowl is a great thing for our program and our university and certainly for them.”
With the Trojans leading 21-14 coming out of halftime, the defense held Texas State to just 26 total offensive yards in the third quarter.
Texas State opened the scoring with 5:43 left in the opening quarter on a 7-yard pass from quarterback Duke DeLancellotti to Ryan Carden. It didn’t take long for the Trojans to respond when Anthony hit Holmes on a screen pass for a 58-yard touchdown. Holmes finished with a team-high 128 yards receiving on three catches. He hauled in a 63-yard pass from Anthony on a third down in the third quarter.
Jordan Chunn rushed for 83 yards on 13 carries including a 47-yard run late in the first quarter; it marks the longest rush of the season for the Trojans. Chunn would later score on the drive on a 1-yard plunge to set a new Troy record for most rushing touchdowns (13) in a season by a freshman. He would expand that record with another score in the fourth quarter and now has the third most rushing touchdowns in a season in Troy history.
Chandler Worthy became the first Trojan since Jerrel Jernigan in 2010 to score a rushing and a receiving touchdown in the same game. Worthy found the end zone on a 1-yard speed sweep with 4:33 remaining in the third quarter then caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Robinson in the fourth.
Senior Camren Hudson turned in a solid defensive performance for Troy recording a career-high 12 tackles to go along with a forced fumble and two pass break ups. He also intercepted a Texas State pass on the third play of the game.
“I have 22 seniors leaving this program that meant a lot to us,” Blakeney said. “They’ve been through some struggles and they’re probably better because of all that. I hope they get somewhere [bowl] to go. We have some pretty good guys that deserve that opportunity.”
Troy will wait to find out its postseason fate. The Sun Belt Conference currently has five bowl-eligible teams.
TXST – Carden 7-yard pass from DeLancellotti (Dann kick), 5:43, 1st 0-7
TROY – Holmes 58-yard pass from Anthony (Scott kick), 4:39, 1st 7-7
TROY – Chunn 1-yard run (Scott kick), 13:06, 2nd 14-7
TXST – DeLancellotti 6-yard run (Dann kick), 9:15, 2nd 14-14
TROY – Thomas 43-yard pass from Anthony (Scott kick), 8:14, 2nd 21-14
TROY – Worthy 1-yard run (Scott kick), 4:33, 3rd 28-14
TROY – Chunn 1-yard run (Scott kick), 14:46, 4th 35-14
TXST – DeLancellotti 1-yard run (Dann kick), 14:15, 4th 35-21
TROY – Worthy 25-yard pass from Robinson (Scott kick), 5:05, 4th 42-21
TXST – Battle 3-yard pass from DeLancellotti (Dann kick), 2:38, 4th 42-28