Troy offense looking to stay hot down stretch

Published 10:38 pm Monday, November 12, 2012

Coming off a pair of high-scoring performances, Troy’s offense hopes to continue to shred opposing defenses as the team heads into the home stretch of the regular season.

Troy is averaging 499.5 yards per game, which is on pace to set a school record previously posted by the 2008 team with 485.7 yards per contest.

Quarterback Corey Robinson feels like the team has hit its stride heading into the final two games.

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“If we continue to play like this, we’re going to be a hard offense to out score,” Robinson said. “It would have been better if this could have happened at the first of the season and go through all 12 (games). I feel like if we can keep it up, we’re going to be a difficult team to put down.”

Robinson and the Trojans had a tough go of things on the road against Florida Atlantic three weeks ago. The team lost 34-27 and Robinson was 16 days removed from last action after leaving the Western Kentucky game with a concussion. Since the nightmare in Boca Ration, the Trojans have scored 89 points and racked up 1,318 yards of offense in two games.

Part of that success has come with the effectiveness of the quarterback duo of Robinson and Deon Anthony. The pair combined to complete 34 of 40 passes for 415 yards in Troy’s 41-31 win over Navy.

“We’ve had some teams where we played two guys, but it was most of the time who had the hot hand,” Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said. “These two guys like each other. It’s good that they communicate as well as they do, especially on the sideline during the game.”

The Trojans will now face the Sun Belt Conference’s top team in Arkansas State for homecoming on Saturday.

The Red Wolves (7-3, 5-1 Sun Belt) are coming in having won their last five games and have the reigning Sun Belt Offensive Player of Week calling signals in quarterback Ryan Aplin.

“I think he’s the best in our league at everything. I don’t think that’s any stretch,” Blakeney said.

Aplin holds 21 combined single game, season and career records at the school and needs just 62 passing yards to become the second player in Sun Belt history to ever throw for 10,000 in his career.

Arkansas State owns the all-time series against Troy, 7-6, including a 45-14 win last year over the Trojans.

Kickoff at Veterans Memorial Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m.