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Trojans remain in first with win over Georgia Southern

The Troy Trojans scored 25 unanswered points in a 35-21 win over Georgia Southern in a key Sun Belt showdown on Saturday afternoon.

The win keeps Troy on top of the Sun Belt Conference East Division with a 6-0 record. The win also moves them to 8-2 overall.

After jumping on the board with a 45-yard field goal by Tyler Sumpter, Georgia Southern used the pass and raced out to a 14-3 lead over the Trojans.

The Trojans got rushing touchdowns by Tray Eafford and B.J. Smith to put the Trojans up 17-14.

After Sumpter nailed a kick from 42 yards out, redshirt freshman Luke Whittemore hauled in a 29-yard touchdown to extend the Trojan lead to 14 with 3:39 remaining in the third quarter.

Smith scored his second touchdown of the game when he took a Smith handoff 10 yards for Troy’s final score of the afternoon, putting the Trojans up 35-14.

After throwing for more than 300 yards a week ago, Smith flirted with 300 again when he threw for 287 after completing 21 of his 28 passes.

Smith had his five-game streak of rushing for more than 100 yards come to an end after posting 86 yards on 22 carries.

Whittemore finished the game with 110 yards after hauling in three passes. Saturday’s game marked the first time that Whittemore broke the 100-yard barrier. Sidney Davis had 10 catches for 85 yards.

The Trojans will return home next Saturday to host Texas State beginning at 2:30 p.m.