Troy and Southern Miss set to clash at “The Rock”
TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – One week after catching the eyes of the nation, Troy will look to add another brick to its wall when it travels to Hattiesburg, Miss., and Roberts Stadium for a non-conference showdown Saturday under the lights at Southern Miss.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the Troy Sports Radio Network will have full coverage of the first regular season meeting between the two schools since 1977 beginning at 4 p.m. The game will also be televised live on beIN Sports.
Troy (1-1) enters the third week of the season with a blowout victory over Austin Peay and a six-point loss at No. 2 Clemson on its resume. The Trojans were down by just three at halftime against the Tigers this past Saturday and were an onside kick recovery away from driving to win the game.
Offensively, the Trojans racked up nearly 400 yards of total offense against the Tigers, this while turning the ball over three times and going just 2-of-15 on third down. On the flip side, Troy forced three Clemson turnovers, held the Tigers to just 122 rushing yards – the fewest against a non-Power Five opponent since at least 2008 – and held Clemson to just a 50.9 completion percent, its fifth lowest over the last five seasons.
Deondre Douglas caught a pair of touchdown passes in the game and ranks ninth nationally with 9.0 receptions per game, while Jordan Chunn ranks 32nd nationally with 102.5 rushing yards per game.
Southern Miss (2-0) has outscored its opponents 90-0 over the past six-plus quarters after falling behind Kentucky 35-10 in the second quarter of the season opener. The Golden Eagles held Savannah State to just 41 yards of total offense and three first downs last week. Preseason C-USA Player of the Year Nick Mullens has completed 70.8 percent of his passes for 237.0 yards per game to go along with five touchdown passes and four interceptions.
“It is really important that we build on this game. It is never okay to lose, I said that after, I said it to the team, I’ll say it again to them today, but we fought hard and we played really physical football. That is one thing you get out of this press conference, I want you to understand how physical of football we played,” Troy head coach Neal Brown said Monday at his weekly press conference.
- Troy is one of just 12 teams in the country to have not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. Of those 12 teams, the Trojans have faced the most rushing attempts (73).
- Troy’s offensive line has allowed just four sacks over the last eight games dating back to last season. The Trojans have attempted 270 pass attempts over those eight games (one sack per 67.5 pass attempts).
- Southern Miss has won seven straight games in the series (7-1); however, five of those victories came from 1936-1940. The most recent meetings in the series have come in 1977 and the 2008 New Orleans Bowl.
- Troy has three rushes of 40 yards or more through the first two games of the season, that tally ranks as the second most in the country.
- The Trojan defense held Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Watson to a 35 QBR in the game last week; prior to the game against the Trojans, Watson had never posted a QBR lower than 65 in a game.
- The Trojans rank fourth in the nation averaging 6.89 yards per carry.
- Troy has scored 50+ points in three games under head coach Neal Brown; the Trojans had done so just once in the previous 66 games.