Crystal Ball: Louisiana-Monroe

Published 9:30 am Friday, July 19, 2013

In this series, we’ll give you a sneak peek into the future and Troy’s 2013 football schedule. We’ll post two games each day and give you an in-depth look at what to expect once the Trojans take the field. From UAB to Texas State, we’ve got you covered.

Aug. 31 – UAB     Sept. 7 – Savannah State

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Sept. 12 – at Arkansas State     Sept. 21 – at Mississippi State

Sept. 28 – at Duke     Oct. 5 – South Alabama

Oct. 12 – at Georgia State     Oct. 26 – at Western Kentucky

Oct. 31 – Louisiana-Monroe

Its a Hallowween Night showdown between the league’s top two quarterbacks as Corey Robinson and the Trojans (5-3, 2-2) host Kolton Browning and the ULM Warhawks in a Thursday night contest.

Troy hasn’t beaten ULM since 2009 (the teams didn’t play last year) and would like nothing more that to earn its sixth win over the league’s hottest team.

This game has been pinned by many as a shootout and it turns out to be exactly that.

Both Troy and ULM score on their opening possessions. The Trojans get in the endzone on a pitch and catch from Deon Anthony to Trey Page while the Warhawks respond with a 13-yard scoring scamper from Browning.

The teams trade punts before ULM scores again on a pass from Browning to Je’Ron Hamm. Heading into the second quarter, Troy’s offense looks stymied. Finally, they come to life when Robinson finds Eric Thomas on the sideline to get the Trojans into scoring position. Khary Franklin runs it in from 12-yards out to tie the game.

Louisiana-Monroe moves the ball with ease on its ensuing drive but Ethan Davis steps in front of a Browning pass to thwart the effort.

With time running out in the half Troy uses a reverse to Bryan Holmes to get within field goal range as Will Scott knocks it through to hand the Trojans a 17-14 halftime lead.

ULM returns the second half kickoff for a touchdown and it seems as all the air has been let out of Troy’s balloon. The Trojans go three-and-out and the Warhawks quickly score again leaving Troy behind 28-17.

The fourth quarter opens with a nice drive by the Warhawks lead by two big runs by Browning scrambling out of the pocket. They can’t add to their lead however as a field goal attempt is wide.

Troy gets the ball back at the midway point in the final period. Robinson connects of four straight passes before Anthony enters the game and plunges into the endzone on a 7-yard carry. Troy trails 28-24.

ULM tries to run out the clock but fails to convert on a third down but pins Troy at its own 11.

Robinson to Thomas 12-yards, Robinson to Page for 15. A nice draw play to Michael Lindsey puts Troy in striking distance at the ULM 30 but with just 58 seconds left.

It looks like a gimic play as Robinson takes the snap as flips it to Anthony coming in motion from the left slot. Double reverse! Anthony pitches to K.D. Edenfield. Wait, Edenfield looks downfield and finds Robinson all alone at the 10. Touchdown Troy! With just 42 ticks to play the Trojans have taken a 31-28 lead.

ULM tries to makes something happen but runs out of time and the Trojans are bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. That was fun.

At 6-3, Troy plays ULL next week.

RESULT: Troy WINS, 31-28.

STAT OF THE GAME: Corey Robinson 31-for-48, 322 yards, 1 TD reception