Troy’s Black Friday wish list has only one item on it

Published 7:37 pm Monday, November 25, 2013

By Danielle Percival 

Many people buy gifts and check items off wish lists on Black Friday, but for the Troy Trojans, they’re looking for something money can’t buy.

“A win,” quarterback Corey Robinson said. “I mean, a bowl game. That’s what we want to get to.”

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Getting bowl eligible will take a victory on Black Friday against Texas State and though the game isn’t on the typical schedule, the Trojans will have had ample time to prepare.

“The good thing about it we’ve got a week and a half, 10 days to get ready for them and that’ll be good for us,” defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt said. “Win the last one and hopefully get to a bowl game. That’s the plan.”

Texas State took the field this past Saturday against Western Kentucky and lost 38-7.

Starting quarterback Tyler Jones was scheduled to miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken hand but was forced to come back after back-up Tyler Arndt tossed three interceptions.

The Bobcats finished with only 130 total yards in the game but throughout the season have been a threat both in the air and on the ground.

“You’ve got to pick your poison, I guess,” Bolt said.

“We’ve got to be able to find a way to win the game,” head coach Larry Blakeney said. “I don’t care who’s there and who’s not there.”

The Bobcats are 6-5 overall but only 2-4 in conference play, but Blakeney is not ready to write them off.

“They play hard and they’ve got a chance to beat anybody in our league,” Blakeney said.

The Bobcats are one of four Sun Belt teams that have reached bowl eligibility and the Trojans will be looking to become the fifth on Friday.

“We’ve just got to find a way to get one more. We got to claw and get it,” Robinson said. “If we get to six wins, I think everybody will be in a much better mood.”

There’s no question, reaching six wins has put added fuel on the fire.

“You know, as a competitor you don’t need much motivation to win but certainly that bowl eligibility being right there and right in front of us where we can see it is a huge motivator,” kicker Will Scott said.

“The biggest thing, first comes first is win,” Blakeney said. “Find a way to win.”

The Trojans will get the opportunity when they take the field at Veterans Memorial Stadium for the final game of the 2013 regular season on Friday.

Kickoff against the bowl-eligible Texas State Bobcats will be at1 p.m November 29.