Trojans turning the page after loss

Published 5:24 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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The Troy Trojans look to put their performance against BYU in the past.

Head coach Chip Lindsey and the Trojans fell to 1-1 with their loss in Provo. The Trojans entered the game feeling prepared for the challenge, but in the end BYU controlled the game on both sides of the ball.

“Obviously disappointed in our performance last weekend,” head coach Chip Lindsey said. “You have to give BYU credit. They’re a good football team, and we knew that going in. I thought our team was prepared and ready to go. Simply, we got dominated on both sides of the ball. We didn’t sustain drives on offense and we allowed too many big plays on defense. We didn’t get it done.”

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The Trojans entered the game knowing they would have to control the game at the line of scrimmage on Saturday. BYU entered the game with experience and athleticism, especially on the defensive line. The Trojans were held offensively to under 200 yards for the first time since 2014.

“At times we did ok and at times we were dominated,” Lindsey said. “Anytime you play a front like that you’re going to have issues. Disappointed because we had some miscommunication up front, which isn’t typical of us. At times we were outmanned a little bit. I think our guys are continuing to gel. We have three new starters. We just didn’t play well as a unit on offense.”

Watson, in his second start of his career, was under pressure a lot on Saturday. He was sacked four times and hurried a total of three times.

“He could have handled it a little better to be honest,” Lindsey said. “He slid around and created some pressure on himself. We wanted him to stay in the center of the protection. We are trying to correct that. It’s a process to learn how to handle the pocket better when it it comes to when to get out or when to sit in there and make a throw. Each game he plays and each rep he gets is an opportunity for him to grow.”

The Trojans left Saturday’s game a little banged up. Linebacker Carlton Martial had to be helped off the field in the second half. Later in the game cornerback Terence Dunlap limped off the field. Despite being a little banged up, Lindsey believes his team is in good shape.

“He (Martial) is banged up, but it’s nothing serious,” Lindsey said. “I think as a team we are in a good spot.”