TROY, Ala (WDHN) — Saturday, the Trojans ran out onto the turf at Veterans Memorial Stadium for the first time in 2020. Troy played host to Texas State in what was the school’s first crack at another Sun Belt opponent.
Hurricane Delta may have missed the southeast portion of Alabama but the storm still managed to provide a decent amount of rain in Troy, especially in the opening minutes of the game.
The Trojans received the opening kickoff and on their opening drive they went for it on their own 39 yard line but failed. Giving the Bobcats great field position but the defense held and forced Texas State to settle for a field goal.
After going down 3-0, Troy rattled off 23 straight points and much that was due to the passing game. In the first half, Gunnar Watson tossed three first half touchdowns two of which went to Reggie Todd.
“It was good to see Gunnar play the way he did, I thought he made really good decisions, took care of the ball, and he took control of the offense better than he probably has in two of the previous games,” said Troy head coach, Chip Lindsey.
The third touchdown, may have been Watson’s best throw of the day, was a beautiful loft pass for 38 yards down the sideline to Kaylon Geiger. The Senior wideout had a great day as well, catching seven balls for 121 yards, which helped him surpass 1,000 receiving yards for his career.
The offense, specifically the passing game was rolling on all cylinders in the first half, and helped the Trojans take a 23-3 lead into half.
Troy outgained Texas State 291 to 54 in the first half. Watson threw for 338 yards throughout the game but he credits his receivers for the success.
“I think the more I play, the more I get comfortable with each of them that plays,” Watson said about his pass catchers.
In the second half, it was the rushing attack that came on. True freshman, Kimani Vidal was the lead stat back today. In his first game at The Vet, Vidal carried the ball 12 times for 106 yards, with almost half of those coming on a beautiful 51 yard run.
All-day the defense limited what Texas State could do. The Bobcats entered this game average just north of 400 yards of total offense a game and but Saturday they were held to 254.
“We know we had to step and redeem ourselves for two weeks ago (BYU game) we had to get that bad taste out of our mouth and it was good to come out there and the win,” anchor of the defense, Junior linebacker, Carlton Martial said.
Martial led the Trojan defense with seven total tackles and two tackles for loss.
Trojans would go on to win 37-17, getting that first Sun Belt win on the year and also improving to 2-1 overall.