Recap: Troy vs. Louisiana
Troy, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Alonzo Harris ran for 86 yards and three touchdowns as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns topped the Troy Trojans, 42-23, in a Sun Belt Conference clash at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Harris carried the ball 17 times for the Ragin' Cajuns (8-4, 7-1 Sun Belt), three more times than Elijah McGuire who registered 169 yards and two more scores on the ground for the visitors as they won for the seventh time in the last eight outings.
Louisiana quarterback Terrence Broadway converted all but five of his 19 passes for 142 yards as well.
As for the Trojans (3-9, 3-5), who were saying goodbye to head coach Larry Blakeney after 24 seasons, Brandon Silvers converted 29-of-34 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn't nearly enough to send out Blakeney on a positive note.
Louisiana jumped out to a 7-0 lead seven minutes into the contest after McGuire ran into the end zone from eight yards out to cap a 13-play, 78-yard drive.
Troy responded with a pair of scoring opportunities, first with a safety in the final minute of the opening frame and then less than two minutes with a 28-yard TD pass from Silvers to Bryan Holmes in order to give the hosts a 9-7 edge.
Harris scored his first touchdown of the afternoon on a two-yard run at the 5:34 mark of the second quarter, giving the lead back to Louisiana at 14-9.
Needing less than three minutes to counter, Silver finished off a 40-yard drive with a 17-yard TD strike to Teddy Ruben, but in this case the advantage for Troy was short-lived because the Ragin' Cajuns came back with a 75-yard TD run by McGuire on the very next play from scrimmage.
Trailing by five with under three minutes remaining in the first half, Troy needed just seven plays to travel 71 yards and again take over the lead, thanks to a five-yard TD pass from Silvers to B.J. Chitty. After 30 minutes of constant action, the Trojans held a 23-21 advantage at the break.
The third quarter belonged to Louisiana as Harris scored on a one-yard run and Broadway found the end zone from nine yards out as both scoring drives took a combined 11:25 off the clock.
In the fourth Harris crossed the goal line yet again for the Ragin' Cajuns, this time from one yards away to finish off the days scoring and give the visitors a 19-point victory.
Louisiana, which controlled the action for almost 22 minutes in the second half, converted on all five red zone chances on the day.Game Notes