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Troy rolls over Coastal Carolina 45-21

Troy wasted no time in getting ahead and staying there against Coastal Carolina to stay atop of the Sunbelt East Division.

NCAA Football: Troy at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Jones set the tone early, taking the opening kickoff 96 yards to give Troy an early lead. Jones’ kickoff return was just one of many highlights for the Trojans.

After stopping Coastal’s first drive, Troy tossed the ball to wide receiver, Luke Wittemore, who then lobbed a pass to Jabir Daughtry-Frye for 35 yards and another quick touchdown.

On Troy’s third drive, B.J. Smith broke through Coastal’s defense for 47 yards to set up his first TD, from the one-yard line, and Troy was ahead 21-0.

With almost four minutes left in the first quarter, it looked like this was headed for a blowout, especially after Hunter Reese recovered at the CCU 25-yard line. But Troy was stopped on a fourth down and the ball went back to Coastal.

Troy seemed to relax a little and Coastal took advantage of some lackluster defense with two impressive 70-plus yard drives in the second quarter, to put the Chanticleers back into the game. The first drive was capped when Torrance Marable stepped across the goal to make the score 21-7. On their second drive Marcus Outlow rushed four times from the five-yard line before putting it in the end zone for Coastal’s second score (21-14).

The Trojans finally woke up again late in the half and pushed the score to 24-14 on a 46-yard Tyler Sumpter field goal.

At the break it still looked like either team could win this game. Two of Troy’s scores had come quickly and they only had one impressive drive. Although the Chanticleers were behind by ten, they were dominating the time of possession and moving the ball in long drives for touchdowns.

The second half started almost as badly for the Chants as the first. They received the kickoff and were moving downfield when Tyler Murray intercepted a long pass and returned it 46 yards to Coastal’s 30-yard line. Deondre Douglas scored Troy’s fourth touchdown on a 2-yard pass from Kaleb Barker.

The Chanticleers’ last touchdown was mainly due to the quarterback, Bryce Carpenter. He either ran or passed for nine of the 10 plays of that drive. The last pass was to Shadell Bell to make the score 31-21 late in the third quarter.

From that point on, both teams started substituting freely for the rest of the game.

B.J. Smith got his second rushing touchdown to push the score to 38-21 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Jibir Daughtry-Frye provided one more stunning highlight when he broke thorough the middle of Coastal’s defensive line and then outran the secondary for 74 yards for his second TD and gave Troy a final score of 45-21.

The Chants, who were averaging over 450 yards per game were held to just 317 even though they dominated the time of possession, with over 40 minutes. Troy used a kickoff return and some big offensive plays for their fourth win in a row this season.