Trojans drop final home game to GSU Eagles

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, November 17, 2015

submitted Photo After winning two out of their last three games, the Trojans stumbled against Georgia Southern, losing to the Eagles 45-10.

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After winning two out of their last three games, the Trojans stumbled against Georgia Southern, losing to the Eagles 45-10.

The Troy Trojans hoped to have a better outcome in their final home game of the season, but costly turnovers anda staunch Eagles running attack buried the Trojans 45-10.

It has been an emotional rollercoaster for the Football game and fans alike this season. When the season began there was a lot of optimism, hope and quiet excitement for what many hoped was an exciting year for first year head coach Neal Brown.

After the Trojans got off to a 1-5 start that, optimism turned to questions. It prompted Neal Brown to assure everybody that he wasn’t worried and that everything would be fine at the end of a process that would take more than a few games.

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The Trojans responded the next three weeks by winning two of their next three games and outscoring their opponents 144-65 and pushing the first place at the time, Appalachian State to triple-overtime before falling 44-41.

Saturday’s loss to an Eagle team that was dominate in almost every facet of the game reminded the Trojans that “rebuilding the wall” may take a bit longer.

“I said in the press conference on Monday, we’re going to find out where we’re at – and sometimes the truth hurts,” Brown said. The truth is we’ve got a ways to go. We have to go out and recruit some more depth. We are in the foundation level of building this program. We will finish this thing the right way.”

The Eagle’s, who have lost just one conference game since their inception into the Football Bowl Sub-division, rushed for 325 yards which out gained the entire Trojan offense who picked up a total of 212 yards.

“We got beat by a better football team,” brown said. “They were grown men. They lined up on offense and ran the dive play, straight down our throats.

The fact that the Trojans allowed yards against the run wasn’t a surprise. It was the fact that the Trojans knew what was coming and yet the Eagles still had gaping holes to run through all game long that upset the first year head coach.

“We have to stop the run,” Brown said. “They lined up and ran it. Everyone knew what they were going to do, and they did it.”

The Eagles sported a three-man front on defense on Saturday, something that they rarely showed on tape according to Brown. Quarterback Brandon Silvers who turned the corner after his injury against Mississippi State, finished the game 12-25 for 134 yards and through one interception.

Silvers was coming off a three week stretch where he threw for a combined 874 yards and 10 touchdown passes.

“We are going to put this game behind us, truthfully,” Silvers said. “Next week is our bye week. We are going to get back to the basics and do what we do best.”

Time of possession played a pivotal role in the Eagles win on Saturday. The Eagles controlled the ball for 42:55 compared to just 17:05 by the Trojans.

“They had the ball for 43 minutes,” Brown said. “They made third downs and fourth downs. We had very few opportunities. Like I said, they were more physical than us and stronger than us in the game.”

The Troy Trojans enter their bye week with homes of getting back to the brand of football they are wanting to play. They hope to finish the last two games on a high note and sending them into the off season with a little bit of momentum.

The Trojans will head to Atlanta to take on Georgia State on Friday November 27 with the time of kickoff still to be announced.