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Trojans take down Minutemen

Late offensive showing helps Troy move to 7-1 overall.

NCAA Football: Troy at Southern Mississippi Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Troy Trojans successfully took down the UMass Minutemen of a score of 52-31. The Trojans move to 7-1 overall while UMass drops to 2-8. This was a back and fourth game right until the beginning of the fourth quarter when the Trojans took a 14-point lead.

UMass fought Troy hard tonight especially Andrew Ford. Ford threw the ball for 316 yards, going 23 for 44 with three touchdowns and one interception. Ford had a great performance but the team fell short. There was hardly a running game for the Minutemen as they only came away with 44 rushing yards. Marquis Young carried the ball 17 times for 52 yards. The Minutemen had 360 total yards on offense.

UMass couldn’t slow down the Trojans once they got going on offense. The Minutemen defense did force an interception but couldn’t keep up on defense after that.

The Trojans started off slow and kept the Minutemen in the game until the fourth. UMass took an early 14-0 lead in the first and that was the last time that they held the lead. Brandon Silvers played well throwing the ball for 245 yards going 26 for 36 with three touchdowns and one pick.

Jordan Chunn also played well. He carried the ball 18 times for 83 yards with one touchdown. Troy had a total of 485 yards on offense.

The Trojan defense had some key plays for Troy Saturday night. This defense sacked Ford five times tonight and also forced an interception. Blace Brown was the one that picked Ford off and that gives Brown five interceptions for the year. Troy’s rush defense was highly impressive, holding UMass’s run game under 50 yards.

Troy’s next game will be at home next Saturday against the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Both teams are at the top of the Sun Belt Conference with the Trojans number one and the Minutemen number two. This game will tell us who will take the Sun Belt Championship.