The Troy Trojans are making a habit of spoiling opponents homecoming.
Troy improved to 2-0 on opponent homecoming games this season after defeating Georgia State Panthers (GSU) 34-10. Earlier this season, Troy pulled off a historical upset victory when it defeated LSU on its’ homecoming.
The Panthers were playing only their second home game this season at their new Georgia State Stadium. Riding a three-game winning streak, GSU started strong by
intercepting Troy quarterback Brandon Silver’s first quarter pass attempt in the opening minutes of the game on their 39-yard line. But, Troy’s defense held the Panther’s offensein check forcing a 30-yard field goal for the game’s first score and GSU only lead. The Panthers did not score again until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter when theirquarterback Conner Manning threw a pass to Belincoff Watch star receiver 18 for a touchdown.
Throughout the entire game, GSU could not move the ball, rushing for a total 52 yards, against the Sun Belt Conference top defense. GSU head coach Shawn Elliott said, “They came out and played exceptionally well. They controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides.” “If you look at the stat sheet, they completely dominated us,” he said.
Troy’s defense recorded four sacks and held the Panthers to 52 yards, marking the fifth time in seven games this season holding opponents to under 100 rushing yards.
The Troy head coach Neal Brown agreed with Elliott’s assessment of the game. “Our defense did a great job,” Brown said. “It was a great win and a critical win in our schedule.”
Lack of a successful running game, led to the Panthers attacking with limited success through the air with GSU quarterback Conner Manning passing for 255 yards.
Glenn Smith had eight catches for 70 yards and Tamir Jones caught five passes for 75 yards. However, Troy’s passing success surpassed GSU’s effort.
Trojans quarterback Brandon Silvers threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, offensively the Trojans converted four-of-four red zone score changes and converted on three critical third down attempts and one fourth down attempt.