As expected, Lindsey and the Trojans dominated the Zips from the very beginning. The Trojans were without their star running back, BJ Smith. However, the impact was minimal in this game.
That said, it will be interesting to see who will be the guy, or guys, in the backfield, moving forward.
Following an Akron 3-and-out to open the game, Troy’s opening drive is capped off by an 8-yard TD throw from Barker to AJ Lewis, his first career reception.
DK Billingsley carried the ball 3 times on the drive as the Trojans go up 7-0 to start the game.
A turnover on downs in the middle of the 2nd quarter led to another Trojan TD. This time, it was Barker using his legs from 9 yards out to put the Trojans up 21-7 nearing the end of the 1st half.
Woolfolk handled the load in the backfield on this series.
Another turnover on downs for the Zips in the 3rd quarter, this time on the Troy 9.
The Trojans answered by going 91 yards in 6 and a half minutes. Barker found Bret Clark for an 11-yard TD score, his first career TD reception, to put the Trojans up 35-7.
Akron failed to cross their own 40 in their two drives in the 4th quarter. Troy also did not score for a final score of 35-7.
DK Billingsley went for 100 yards on the ground on 22 carries, good for 4.5 yards per carry.
Kaleb Barker finished with 214 yards on 27-37 passing (73% completion) and 3 TDs and 1 INT.
The Zips accounted for just 39 yards on the ground as Akron continues to struggle to get anything going on the ground to start this 2019 season.
The Troy Trojans (2-1) will go back home for their first conference matchup against the Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-2) on September 28. The Akron Zips (0-4) will travel to UMASS (0-4) on September 28.