It wasn't the finale that Larry Blakeney hoped for, but his team showed plenty of heart in the first half of their game against the Cajuns.
In the first half alone the Trojans posted six plays of 20 yards or more to take a 23-21 lead into the half. The Troy defense showed up also, with a safety being the halftime difference. But the lead wasn't meant to last.
In the second half, the long plays dried up for the Trojans as the Cajun defense only allowed 52 yards in the third and fourth quarter. Cajun runningbacks Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire combined for 255 of UL's 344 rushing yards on the day. Trojan QB Brandon Silvers managed 272 yards in the air, but was mostly on his own as the Troy rushing attack struggled.
The result gives UL Head Coach Mark Hudspeth a 4-0 record over Troy and Blakeney. The Cajuns now await the result of Georgia Southern's matchup against ULM. With a Warhawk victory, UL earns their second straight (split) Sun Belt title. The Cajuns are expected to make their fourth straight New Orleans Bowl.
Troy will not go bowling this year as they say goodbye to the man who brought them to the FBS. Blakeney closes out his 24th season at Troy, the second longest tenure in the FBS behind Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech. Early reports indicate Kentucky Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown will lead the Trojans at Blakeney Field next season.