Texas State's season ends in blowout loss to Troy

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Texas State Football

Texas State’s 2017 campaign ended with a 62-9 loss to Troy on Friday.

The game was never in doubt after the first quarter where the Trojans (9-2, 6-1 Sun Belt) scored 17 unanswered. Troy piled on 24 points in the second quarter to take a 41-0 lead into the half. The Bobcats’ 53-point loss is the fourth defeat of at least 20 points this season.

Troy senior quarterback Brandon Silvers put together a prolific passing performance against the Bobcats. Silvers completed 22-of-30 for 380 yards and four touchdowns.

The Trojan signal-caller threw two quick touchdown passes in the first quarter. He connected with senior wide receiver Tevaris McCormick on a 10-yard strike and an 11-yard screen to sophomore wide receiver Sam Letton to lead Troy to an early 14-0 lead.

The Trojans exited the opening quarter with 17-0 advantage after redshirt freshman kicker Tyler Sumpter hit a 32-yard field goal. Troy outgained the Bobcats, 204- -1 yards, in the first period.

Texas State began the second quarter with a blocked field goal by sophomore defensive lineman Jordan Mittie — His first-career block. The Bobcats followed that with a strong drive that made it to the Trojan 25. But Texas State freshman quarterback Willie Jones III was sacked on second down and on third down a holding penalty combined with an unsportsmanlike penalty doomed the drive.

Troy found the endzone on a 43-yard scoring throw from Silvers to freshman wide receiver Tray Eafford, a 19-yard reception by redshirt senior wide receiver Clark Quisenberry, and a 43-yard run by senior running back Jordan Chunn to give the Trojans a 38-0 lead. The Trojans took a 41-0 halftime advantage after Sumpter converted a 24-yard field goal as time expired.

Texas State found the endzone in the third quarter after fifth-year senior quarterback Damian Williams capped off an eight-play, 76-yard drive with a 3-yard rush. But junior kicker James Sherman’s extra-point was blocked to bring the score to 41-6.

Texas State sophomore linebacker Gavin Graham converted a 30-yard field goal for the final points of the game.

The Bobcats finished the game with 300 total yards, while Troy recorded 641 total yards. Texas State turned the ball over four times, which resulted in 24 Trojan points.

The Bobcats finished the year with a 2-10 record for the second consecutive season.

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