|Date of game: 11/8/2014
Recap: Troy vs. Georgia State
Troy, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Burks ran for a game-high 118 yards and was one of five players to score a rushing touchdown for Troy as the Trojans dismantled the Georgia State Panthers, 45-21, in a Sun Belt Conference clash at Memorial Stadium.
Burks carried the ball 13 times for the Trojans (2-8, 2-4 Sun Belt) as they snapped a three-game slide. Quarterback Brandon Silvers, who ran for 54 yards and a score, converted all but four of his 21 passes for 111 yards and a TD through the air.
The Panthers (1-9, 0-7), losers of nine straight since opening the 2014 campaign with a narrow 38-37 victory over Abilene Christian in the waning moments, were led by Nick Arbuckle who connected on 23-of-37 for 293 yards and three touchdowns, but he was also intercepted twice and sacked three times on the afternoon.
The Trojans took the opening kickoff and marched 66 yards on 15 plays, culminating with a six-yard TD run by Josh Anderson at the 8:19 mark of the first quarter.
The visitors responded on their first possession of the day as Arbuckle hooked up with Todd Boyd on a 21-yard scoring pass, locking the scorer at 7-7.
With time still left in the first period, Burks crossed the goal line from three yards out for Troy and with the only scoring of the second quarter being a 31-yard TD reception by Troy's Bryan Holmes, the hosts enjoyed a comfortable 21-7 advantage at the break.
The onslaught continued for the Trojans in the third when Silvers made it into the end zone on a 30-yard run, boosting the advantage to 28-7.
GSU countered four minutes later as Arbuckle combined with Lynquez Blair on a 13-yard TD pass play, capping a 10-play, 75-yard drive. Blair accounted for a game-high nine catches, resulting in 62 yards.
However, before the end of the third, Troy kicker Ryan Kay knocked through a 44-yard field goal and Jordan Chunn crossed the goal line on a 13-yard run to elevate the hosts to a commanding 38-14 advantage heading into the final frame.
After needing just three plays to travel 67 yards on the previous touchdown drive, the Trojans required eight plays to traverse 61 yards in the fourth quarter and completed the effort with a 32-yard TD run by Khary Franklin.
The Panthers were able to put an end to the Troy scoring run with just under two minutes remaining in regulation as Arbuckle and Blair combined on a 19- yard pass play, but still Georgia State was far from competitive in the meeting.
Troy, which scored a then season-high 41 points in the win over New Mexico State last month, entered the weekend ranked 118th in the nation in scoring with just 17.8 ppg.
Over on the other side, the Panthers were second-to-last nationally in scoring defense, giving up 43.7 ppg, and were last among all FBS programs on third- down defense, allowing foes to convert at a 54.5 percent clip.Game Notes