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Troy Gets a 'W' with Victory over New Mexico State

Larry Blakeney announced his retirement this week, and just days later his Troy team came through for their departing coach with a 41-24 win over New Mexico State.

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Troy finally got a win in 2014 as the Trojans downed New Mexico State Saturday afternoon.

It was homecoming for Troy, but this game meant so much more. It was the beginning of Head Coach Larry Blakeney's last stand.

The Trojans came into today's game against New Mexico State 0-5 (0-2 in conference play), and carried the knowledge that Blakeney was making his last stand. After announcing he would retire at the end of the season, many suspected the Troy team and community would rally to save their season. Against a stout Aggie team, they did just that.

The Trojan would dominate the first quarter, scoring on their first two drives, and forcing a fumble and a pair of 3-and-outs. New Mexico State would briefly pull within three in the second quarter with a 53-yard run by Larry Rose III, making the game 10-7, but it wouldn't last. Chandler Worthy would take the ensuing kickoff 89 yards, giving Troy a 10-point lead that they wouldn't relinquish for the remainder of the game. The Trojans added 21 points in the second half to cruise to victory number one.

Jordan Chunn (Megachunn to his teammates) ran for two second-half scores and Brandon Silvers threw a fourth quarter touchdown pass to Chandler Worthy to close out the win.

New Mexico State quarterbacks continued their season trend, throwing for two touchdowns but adding two interceptions along the way.

Next week, Troy plays a struggling Appalachian State team at home, 3 p.m. Eastern on ESPN 3.