Troy are the champions of the Sun Belt Conference for the second consecutive season. They checked that off their achievement list this past weekend with a 49-23 win over Appalachian State.
“If you look at our league top to bottom, I don’t think there is a Group of Five league like our league,” Troy head coach Jon Sumrall said after the win. “We’ve been challenged and tested every week. To win in this league is hard. There is no week off in this league. The coaching is elite. The talent is elite. The administrations support football the right way.”
As the Trojans revel in the glory for a bit longer before they make a short drive to the Birmingham Bowl, let’s look at the most eye-popping stats from the Trojans’ latest trophy-securing win.
49 Points - An SBC Championship Game Record
The Trojans’ offense was working hard on their way to their endgame point total. In fact, the 26-point margin of victory broke the previous record of 19 points, which Troy themselves set only last year.
- Troy’s margin of victory (26 points) broke its own Sun Belt Conference Championship Game record set in 2022 (19 points).
- The Trojans’ offense compiled the second-most total yards (463) in Sun Belt Conference Championship Game history.
10 TFLs, Keeping The App State Offense In Check
- Troy’s defense recorded 10 tackles for loss to match the Sun Belt Conference Championship Game record (Coastal Carolina 2022; App State 2021).
Pretty Much Everything Kimani Vidal Did
After a memorable year, Kimani Vidal added to the resume even more with an absolutely monster day. Vidal set the SBC Championship Game records for both rushing yards and touchdowns with 233 and five, respectively. The five touchdowns is the second highest total ever in a Sun Belt game.
As a team, it was a rushing performance worthy of their last home game of the season. The Trojans broke the Sun Belt Conference Championship Game record for net team rushing yards with 271. Troy averaged 7.7 yards per carry against App State, their highest against an FBS opponent all year.