Trojans suffer hard loss to Mississippi State

Published 1:28 am Sunday, September 22, 2013

Troy wide receiver B.J. Chitty (10) drops a pass as Mississippi State defensive back Justin Cox (9) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (Photo/Thomas Graning)

By Danielle Percival

The only celebration of the evening was head coach Larry Blakeney’s birthday as the Troy Trojans lost 62-7 to Mississippi State in Starkville.

The Trojans (2-2) gave up 10 points off turnovers in the first quarter and a costly fake punt put seven more on the board for the Bulldogs as the game quickly spiraled out of hand.

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“It was one of those nights where we couldn’t get anything done,” Blakeney said.

The Trojans’ powerful offense was no match for the Bulldogs’ defense as Mississippi State (2-2) held Troy to only 186 yards in the game.

“We knew it would be tough to match up against them and we certainly struggled with that today,” Blakeney said.

The Bulldogs totaled 551 yards in the game and scored on their first eight drives of the game before a missed field goal ended their perfection.

“We weren’t really clicking and they got the best of us,” linebacker Mark Wilson said. “We’ve just got to go back and correct our mistakes and try to get better.”

Troy was able to put together a solid drive in the first quarter that led to a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Corey Robinson to Eric Thomas for Troy’s only score.

Thomas now has six touchdown receptions this season and sits at 23 in his career, which is one behind the current Sun Belt Conference record held by T.Y. Hilton.

The star of the show was Bulldogs’ quarterback Dak Prescott who accounted for four touchdowns in the game.

Prescott ran for two touchdowns, threw for one and caught another on a play where he lateraled to Trey Page who then tossed it downfield to an open Prescott who carried it 36 yards for the score.

“We’re better than this,” linebacker Mark Wilson said. “It’s a part of football but it’s a heartbreaking loss.”

The 62 points the Trojans surrendered are the most they have given up since a 69-24 loss at South Carolina in November of 2010.

“It’s just tough taking a loss like that,” Robinson said. “Doesn’t matter who it’s to.”

The Trojans have now dropped two in a row and will be on the road again next weekend in Durham, N.C. battling Duke.

“The only way to get over it is to go back to work and win a game,” Blakeney said.

9.21.13-FBC-Troy v. Mississippi State - Photos by Thomas Graning