Troy’s offense cranked up the numbers in a dominant win over North Texas in the 2017 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
2017 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Troy 50, North Texas 30
Prediction & Game Preview
Troy 34, North Texas 27
Troy -6.5, o/u: 62
5. The Troy Resilience
The Trojans were rolling up 15-0 early, and got out 22-7 in the second quarter and driving. A bad snap led to a North Texas scoop-and-score, Troy threw a pick on its next possession, and all of a sudden, it was 22-20 Trojans at halftime with all the momentum on the Mean Green side. What did Troy do? It came out of the locker room red hot, getting a defensive stop, scoring on two straight touchdown drives – game over.
4. Brandon Silvers’ Magnificent Game
Outside of not being able to get that snap, and with his pick to follow, the Troy quarterback came up with a magnificent performance. He completed 24-of-31 passes for 306 yards and four scores, and he ran for a touchdown. Great from the start, he went into the second quarter without missing a pass, and he calmly led the team in the second half to take the game over.
3. Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers
Troy got their two out of the way in the span of a few seconds. North Texas spread its five out over the course of the game, including a big problem when driving for a possible score, and QB Mason Fine throwing one of his two picks of the game in the end zone. The Trojan defense pressured the UNT offensive backfield all game long, and the mistakes followed.
2. Troy Had A Running Game
North Texas didn’t. Even without star RB Jordan Chunn, Troy was able to do a little something with 129 yards and three scores. Josh Anderson took over and took the pressure off Silvers, running for 113 yards and two scores on 22 carries. On the other side, because of all the sacks and big plays behind the line, North Texas finished with -8 yards on the ground. Fine did what he could with 54 passes, but that wasn’t nearly enough.
1. Troy’s Magnificent 11-Win Season
North Texas might have closed out on a down note, with blowout losses to Florida Atlantic in the Conference USA title game, and now this, but it was a fantastic nine-win campaign under Seth Littrell. The Mean Green eight games in a nine-date stretch, the offense was great, and with Fine leading the way, the future looks bright.
Troy lost to Boise State early on, and couldn’t stop screwing up in a shocking 19-8 loss to South Alabama. But with the win at LSU, taking down Arkansas State on the road for a piece of the Mountain West title, and with this emphatic bowl performance, it turned into an outstanding campaign under Neal Brown – and a massive feather in the Sun Belt’s cap.