Troy football cracks AP’s Top 25, first in school, Sun Belt history

TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – Troy made school and Sun Belt Conference history Sunday as the Trojans cracked the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for the first time ever. Winners of seven straight games, Troy is ranked No. 25 in this week’s AP Top 25.

“This is a testament to the hard work of a lot of people within our program, starting first and foremost with our players,” Troy head coach Neal Brown said. “To be the first team in Troy and Sun Belt history to earn a national ranking is gratifying because of the number of quality teams that this league and this program have produced over the years.

“With that being said, we have another big game on Thursday when we host Arkansas State in front of a nationally televised audience,” Brown said. “Arkansas State has won four of the last five Sun Belt titles so we need the same energy in Veterans Memorial Stadium that we had this past weekend as there is no doubt that our fans had an impact on the game.”

In a battle of Sun Belt leaders, Troy scored with 62 seconds remaining to knock off Appalachian State, 28-24, in front of the fifth-largest crowd in Veterans Memorial Stadium history.

Troy is home to the nation’s fourth-longest winning streak and is off to its best start as an FBS program. The Trojans’ lone loss of the season came by six points, 30-24, at Clemson back on Sept. 10

Troy returns to Veterans Memorial Stadium for the final time this season as the No. 25 Trojans play host to Arkansas State in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPNU.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.and tickets are available by calling 877-878-WINS.

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