College Football around Alabama: Troy’s Record Setting Performance in New Orleans Bowl
The Troy Trojans kicked off bowl season in impressive fashion thanks to a 50-30 smashing of North Texas in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
Despite missing eight players for the game, the Trojans were able to set a new school record and New Orleans Bowl record for points in a game (50) and touchdowns in game (7).
Troy’s offense got off to a hot start by taking the ball and marching 80 yards in nine plays for the game’s opening touchdown. Running back Josh Anderson concluded the drive with a two-yard touchdown run.
On the second offensive play from scrimmage for North Texas, quarterback Mason Fine was sacked and fumbled the ball to Troy’s Sam Lebbie at the Mean Green 14-yard line. Three plays later, Anderson recorded his second rushing touchdown via a two-yard scoring run. Brandon Silver’s successful two-point conversion pass increased the lead to 15-0.
After trading touchdowns, North Texas scored the final 13 points of the half to shred Troy’s lead to 22-20 heading into the halftime locker room.
Following halftime, the Trojans seized control of the game by outscoring the Mean Green 21-3 in the third quarter. Quarterback Brandon Silver totaled four touchdowns in the second half including three through the air.
Troy’s defense also came to play by sacking Mason Fine six time, holding North Texas to minus-8 rushing yards, forcing five turnovers and cashing in with 29 points off those turnovers.
Offensively, Silvers completed 24 of his 31 passes for 301 yards with five total touchdowns (4 passing, 1 rushing) and an interception. Anderson added 113 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns.
Troy’s 11th victory of the season is their highest total since moving into FBS play in 2002.
Weekend Bowl Scores
Troy 50 North Texas 30 (R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl)
Boise State 38 Oregon 28 (Las Vegas Bowl)
Georgia State 27 Western Kentucky 17 (AutoNation Cure Bowl)
Marshall 31 Colorado State 28 (Gildan New Mexico Bowl)
Middle Tennessee 35 Arkansas State 30 (Raycom Media Camellia Bowl)