- TROY RB Jordan Chunn scores the touchdown that allowed the Trojans to tie with the UAB Blazers Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Joey Meredith)
Troy conquers UAB in first game of the season during overtime nailbiter
By Danielle Percival
The Troy Trojans capped off a second-half comeback with a 30-yard game-winning field goal by kicker Will Scott in overtime to defeat the UAB Blazers 34-31.
It was the second game-winning field goal of Scott’s career but he said the pressure is always high.
“I still get butterflies on every kick,” Scott said.
To open the overtime period, the Trojan defense held the Blazers to a field goal attempt,but that attempt was no good.
The overtime victory is the first for the Trojans who have only played in five overtime games.
Quarterback Corey Robinson, who already holds multiple career, single-season and single-game records at Troy, broke a national record Saturday night.
Robinson completed 30-of-32 passes for a completion percentage of 93.8%, which is the highest single-game completion percentage in FBS history with a minimum of 30 completions.
“No matter what I do or no matter what anybody as an individual does we got the win and so that’s what we’re hunting,” Robinson said.
Robinson finished 30-of-32 for 319 yards and a touchdown.
His longest completion of the night was the first play of the game to Deon Anthony for a 52-yard gain.
Anthony was the second leading rusher on the team with 61 yards and a touchdown.
His only score of the night was the touchdown needed to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.
“He was not going to be denied on that one touchdown and I commend him for that,” Robinson said.
True freshman Jordan Chunn led the team in rushing with 65yards and a touchdown in his first collegiate game.
“This young man has got a knack,” Blakeney said. “He’s got a big body, understands north and south and breaks tackles.”
The defense allowed 453 total yards to the Blazers but was able to get stops when necessary.
“I was really proud of our guys hanging in there,” Blakeney said. “Our defensive guys, they could have totally shut it down and they didn’t.”
Turnovers are one area of concern for Troy after fumbling four times and losing two of those fumbles.
“They didn’t really stop us,” Robinson said. “We stopped ourselves.”
The Trojans trailed by as many as 14 points in the game but continued to fight taking the Blazers into overtime.
“That showed me a lot about this team and about some of the guys on our football team that they have heart,” Robinson said.
It was a record setting night for Robinson, but where does it rank on his all-time list of football games?
“Number one in 2013,” Robinson said. “Anytime you win in this fashion it always goes up there to the top of your list.”