MOBILE, ALA -- The two teams may have combined for 51 points, but defenses played a huge role as the Troy Trojans edged Ohio's Bobcats 28-24 in the 2016 Dollar General Bowl Friday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
The Bobcats outgained Troy 393-322 and held Troy to 87 yards rushing. It was the sixth time this season Ohio's defense held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing. However, Troy's defense also put up some good numbers. Tops among them was the number five, as the Trojans took advantage of five Ohio turnovers.
Four of those turnovers were . . .
The two teams combined to throw four interceptions on the next five drives. In between, Ohio put together a seven-play, 99-yard drive to tie the game at 7-7. Papi White covered the last 44 yards on a long pass from Windham.
Troy went back in front with a touchdown late in the first period. Chunn’s 3-yard run capped an 11-play, 65-yard drive at 1:14 and gave his team a 14-7 advantage.
Freshman Louie Zervos kicked the first of his three field goals on the day at 13:20 of the second quarter. The two teams then traded TDs before intermission. Emanuel Thomas tallied for Troy on an 11 yard reception at 4:32. Jordan Reid pulled in a 5-yard strike from Windham for an Ohio TD with 59 ticks left.
Troy built its second 11-point lead of the game thanks to an Ohio turnover deep its own red zone. A Trojan punt had pinned the ‘Cats down at their own 2-yard line. After a four yard run, Windham attempted to pass. The ball was batted at the line and ended up in the hands of 319-pound sophomore defensive tackle Trevon Sanders, who was tackled at the four. Troy, the first Sun Belt team to crack the Top 25 poll, forced 18 turnovers over its final five games.
The Bobcats last possession started at their own 15 with 2:14 left in the contest. Windham hit Jordan Reid for 11 yards and a first down on the second play of the drive. However, three incompletions under heavy pressure on the quarterback followed.
It was 4th-and-10 when Windham hit Bo Hardy with a pass, but the senior ended up one yard short of the marker. Troy took over with 1:19 left and ran out the clock for its victory.