Troy's Eric Thomas (3) runs the ball against Mississippi State. (Photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)

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Turnovers prove costly in Troy’s loss to Mississippi State

Published 10:36pm Saturday, September 15, 2012

For the second consecutive week, turnovers cost Troy (1-2) as Mississippi State defeated the Trojans 30-24 in front of a record crowd of 29,013 at Veterans Memorial Stadium Saturday.

Mississippi State (3-0), the first SEC opponent to ever visit Troy, scored 20 points off four first half turnovers. It was a feeling of deja vu as the Trojans out-gained Mississippi State in total yardage, 572-457, just as they did in last week’s loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in which Troy racked up 588 yards of offense but scored just 24 points.

“It’s very frustrating to move the ball up and down the field on a team like that and not be able to put it in the end zone,” quarterback Corey Robinson said. “A turnover or something, it seems to go wrong. That just show s us as an offensive group that nobody we face can really stop us.”

Robinson, coming off a 485-yard performance against Louisiana-Lafayette, threw for 343 yards, but was intercepted twice.

“We’ve beaten Troy two weeks in a row now,” Robinson said. “If we take care of the ball, we’re 3-0 right now.”

Trailing 3-0 with 6:05 left in the first quarter, Troy took its only lead of the contest on a 1-yard touchdown run by Shawn Southward. The score was set up by a 37-yard completion from Robinson to Chandler Worthy.

Southward, who rushed for 204 yards in Week 1 against UAB, carried the ball 20 times for 137 yards and a pair of scores, the seventh multi- rushing touchdown game of his career. In doing so, he moved into third place on Troy’s career rushing touchdown list.

Troy out-rushed the Bulldogs 223-213 for the game.

The Trojans trailed 23-7 at halftime after kicker Will Scott missed a 26-yard field goal with just seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Troy responded in the second half scoring 14 unanswered points. Southward’s second score came with 4:17 left in the third quarter while Justin Albert broke a 31-yard touchdown run in the opening minutes of the fourth to cut the deficit to 23-21.

Mississippi State would take the ensuing drive and chew up 5:32 off the clock. The Bulldogs converted two fourth downs on the drive, the last being a 25-yard completion from quarterback Tyler Russell to Chad Bumphis to ice the game.

Bumphis, with scores of 72, 58 and 25 yards, had a career-high 180 receiving yards.

Scott added a field goal for the Trojans late to cap the scoring.

“It’s encouraging, but we can’t do the things we do to ourselves that get us beat,” head coach Larry Blakeney said. “I’m hurt because we lost, but I’m ready to get back to work tomorrow.”


  1. WDM

    Not the beating some thought would happen.

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  2. Trojan97

    Ok! We must have fed the Miss State boys some bad chicken! Right Omelas?

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  3. WDM

    Troy 30 first downs,Miss.17–Troy 223 yards rushing,Miss.213– Troy 349 passing Miss.244
    What beat Troy was 4 turn overs.
    Why can’t you be man enough to admit you are not right about everything.I was at the game and it didn’t go as you seem to think.

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  4. Trojan97

    Omelas! You know nothing about football and it shows with your ignorance. A team like Mississippi State has much more depth than Troy, so these “scrubs” that you are refering to were being rotated in and out so that near the end of the game States players would be fresh and they would in theory wear Troy down. It was not as you say that Mullen was trying to keep the score close! Mississippi State is undefeated and any undefeated team feels like they have a chance to make it to the BCS Championship as long as they keep winning. Dan Mullen would have loved to have scored more points instead of having to sweat it out in the 4th quarter. You just can’t say good game Troy can you?

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  5. OldSchoolPike3Worker

    The mighty SEC isn’t looking so mighty against the Sunbelt so far this season.

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  6. 4ever4theEagles

    Hey, I have a GREAT idea! Maybe we can get my son recruited to Miss. State as their place kicker, seems to me that he didn’t do so hot on his PAT nor did his kickoffs look to good either.

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  7. 4ever4theEagles

    Oh and as for Troy, they played an AWESOME game!

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  8. abc

    So very proud of our Trojans! We didn’t walk away the victor, but that was such an awesome game! Miss. St. definitely had to earn that victory, and were it not for the turnovers and our missed field goal, TROY could have walked away with the upset. Definitely not the humiliating beat-down that some predicted. Looking forward to a great season with our MEN OF TROY!

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  9. WDM

    Looks like omelas is up to his old tricks having two user-names,the other one is Loki so he has someone to agree with what he post.Did the same when he was pierce.
    He does love his quotes.

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  10. BLOOD

    I have had enough laughter for one day. Let’s see what the Messenger has for us tomorrow.

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