Barker’s record-setting performance lifts Troy

Published 7:11 pm Monday, November 18, 2019

Troy quarterback Kaleb Barker threw for six touchdowns in the Trojans’ 63-27 win over Texas State on Saturday afternoon in San Marcos, Texas.

The win for the Trojans gives them their fifth win of the season and their second straight coming off a stretch where they lost four of five games.

“I was really pleased with the way we came out, especially in the first half,” head coach Chip Lindsey said. “I thought we executed well, only a few drives that we left out there. We carried over well between offense, defense and special teams, from last week. We talked about keeping that momentum, and I think we did.”

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For his efforts, Barker was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Barker’s six-touchdown game tied a program record. Barker tied Troy Sports Hall of Famer Sim Byrd, who threw for six touchdowns in a game during the Trojans’ 1968 championship season.

Barker finished the game completing 30 passes for 363 yards. His six touchdowns bring him to 30 touchdowns on the season. Barker’s 30 touchdowns is good enough for third best in program history behind only Byrd (41) and Kelvin Simmons (31). Barker’s 30 touchdowns is the most ever by a Troy quarterback through the season’s first 10 games.

The Trojans have now scored at least 30 points in five-straight games and are now averaging 39 points per game this season.

Troy’s 63 points was Troy’s highest since they scored 66 against Savanna State in 2008. It was the most points ever scored in a Sun Belt Conference game.

Trevon Woolfolk entered the season buried on the depth chart behind three other running backs. On Saturday, Woolfolk finished with just 26 yards rushing, but he scored a total of three touchdowns, two of them through the air. He finished with four catches for 24 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, leading tackler Carlton Martial finished with seven tackles, one shy of KJ Robertson’s eight tackles. Martial had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

The Trojans have two games remaining and are forced to win one of them to become bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season. They will take on Louisiana on the road on Saturday before closing out the regular season at home against Appalachian State.