Trojans stun Nebraska

Published 5:26 pm Saturday, September 15, 2018

For the second consecutive season, the Troy Trojans knocked off a Power 5 opponent. The Trojans stormed out to a 17-0 lead over Nebraska and held on to win 24-19.

The win for the Trojans improves their record on the season to 2-1.

Turnovers played a factor in Troy’s win. The Trojans forced three turnovers.

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Quarterback Kaleb Barker finished the contest completing 14 of his 21 passes for 110 and he had one touchdown pass.

B.J. Smith led the Trojans on the ground with 70 yards and had two touchdowns.

After Tyler Sumpter put the Trojans up 3-0 with a field goal, Troy punt returner Cedarius Rookard returned a Nebraska punt 58 yards for a score to put Troy up 10-0.

They silenced the crowd seven minutes later when Smith rushed for his first touchdown of the contest to put the Trojans up 17-0.

The Cornhuskers scored the next 13 points to cut the Trojans lead down to four at 17-13 with 4:06 remaining in the third.

With the Trojans holding on to a four-point lead with 4:34 remaining, Smith rumbled his way in for a 26-yard score to put the Trojans up 11.

The Cornhuskers scored their final touchdown with 3:50 remaining to cut their deficit down to just five.

The Trojans failed to pick up a first down and were forced to give the ball back to the Cornhuskers.

With time winding down Will Sunderland picked off a Cornhusker pass to preserve the Trojans win.

The Trojans will be back in action next Saturday when they travel to take on Louisiana Monroe.