Troy routs ULM

Published 2:35 pm Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Trojans scored on every possession of the first half and routed the Sun Belt Conference foe Louisiana Monroe Warhawks 51-14 on Saturday.

The Trojans scored 27 points in the opening quarter, the most points scored in the opening quarter since the game against Alabama State in in 2000.

“It was a great team win,” said Trojan head coach Neal Brown. “I was really proud of the guys. I was worried about them. We really didn’t bounce back (from last week’s loss) until Thursday. I was pleased this is the first time we played a good football game at home and our fans deserve that.”

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The Trojans forced six turnovers on the night, two of which they returned for a touchdown.

“I was really happy for LaMarcus (Farmer),” Brown said. “He had a big game. He has played well three weeks in a row. (Darrin) Reddick has battles some injuries this year. We put a lot of pressure on them and that was good to see.”

Troy started its rout modestly when kicker Jed Solomon converted on a 20-yard field goal to give them the early 3-0 lead.

On the next drive, Reddick picked up a fumble and returned it 27 yards for a Troy touchdown.

Solomon nailed his second field goal of the half from 28-yards out before ULM got on the board on a 47-yard completion by Marcus Green to bring the score to 13-7.

Brian Holmes kept the touchdown train rolling with a 43-yard completion to push Troy’s lead to 20-7.

The Warhawks answered with a TD of their own, Brandon Burks hauled in Silvers screen pass and ran it in from 75-yards out to make the score 27-14.

The Trojans weren’t done. After an 11-play drive, Emmanuel Thompson snuck one in the end zone when he caught a Silvers fade route from four-yards out to extend the lead to 34-14.

Last week LaMarcus Farmer narrowly missed a pick six. He made up for it Saturday. After picking off a pass, Farmer returned it for a 55-yard touchdown, giving Troy a 41-14.

Troy closed out the first half on Thompson’s second touchdown of the game to give Troy a 48-14 lead heading into the locker room.

Troy closed out the first half with a total of 334 yards. Silvers finished the half with 285 yards passing after completing 18 of his 22 passes. He also threw four touchdown passes.

“A lot of it goes to be receivers,” Silvers said. “We have a lot of playmakers on this team. They all did a good job tonight.”

Troy scored again in the second half when the defense turned the Warhawks over for the fourth time of the game. Solomon added in his third field goal of the game to increase the Trojan lead to 51-14.

Silvers had career day in passing finishing with 326 yards and four touchdowns.

Burks finished with 196 total yards in the game and scored a touchdown.

Thompson had a big night receiving, hauling in six receptions for 44 yards and two touchdowns.

With the win the Trojans improve their record to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the Sun Belt conference. They will host Georgia State next week.