Battle for outright title begins Saturday against Ragin Cajuns

Published 10:56 pm Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Troy Trojans have to find the strength to move past the LSU game and a chance to win the Sun Belt outright for the first time should motivate them to do just that.

To get over the game in Baton Rouge that they led 31-3 at one point, but lost 40-31 Troy will host the University of Louisiana Lafayette and Arkansas State to end the regular season. A sweep of those two games gives Troy their first outright Sun Belt title ever.

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“This upcoming game is huge,” Troy quarterback Levi Brown said. “We are tied for first and if we win we will get at least a share of the conference championship.”

Brown said the best medicine for the Trojans is to put the LSU debacle where it belongs, in the past.

“We are just trying to move on and forget about that one,” Brown said. “The tendency is to keep it in the back of your mind, but we can’t do that. We need to use it as motivation to play four quarters and not three.”

Troy head coach Larry Blakeney thought his team played good last weekend, but they just didn’t finish the game out.

“It was a great effort by our guys,” Blakeney said. “You cannot take anything away from them. We were very close to a monumental win and our guys should be patted on the back. But now we have two coming up in the league that are for all the marbles.”

The situation that faces the Trojans is exactly what Blakeney said would have to happen for his team to have a shot at success.

“Before the season we talked about where we wanted to be and we are sitting right where we wanted to be,” Blakeney said. “Regardless of the Ohio State game, regardless of the Oklahoma State game, regardless of the La. Monroe game and regardless of the LSU game our goal was to be on the top of the league with two games left.”

Blakeney summoned the assistance of all the Trojan faithful this weekend.

“There’s no Auburn or Alabama game on so if you are Troy related we need you this Saturday,” Blakeney said. “This is for a lot of the marbles, if not all the marbles and we need as many of our fans here as possible.”

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. from Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium and the Sound of the South will have a special presentation honoring those who have served our country through military service at halftime.