The Troy Trojans arrived in Jonesboro having lost three in a row and seven of their last nine games to the Arkansas State Indians, including a heartbreaking 33-26 loss last year that saw Arkansas score the game-winner with 0:13 to play.
Vengeance was to be sweet for the Trojans.
Troy posted a 27-0 win in front of 14,694 fans—the first time Arkansas State had been shut out as home since a 1992 game against Northern Illinois.
With the win, Troy is now 6-2 on the season and 5-0 in the Sun Belt. Arkansas State fell to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
In a game expected to be a high-scoring affair, it was the Trojans' defense that stole the show, holding an offense that averaged 412 yards per contest to only 237.
Another surprise was that the touted Troy air attack gave way to their running game, with the Trojans collecting 200 yards on the ground and 168 through the air.
Omar Haugabook was the game's offensive MVP, leading both teams in passing (156) and rushing (94) yards. Haugabook added his seventh and eighth rushing touchdowns of the season, which leads the Sun Belt.
Also scoring for Troy was kicker Greg Whibbs, who tacked on a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 45-yard field goal in the fourth.
Rounding out the scoring and starring on defense for the Trojans was linebacker Boris Lee, who recovered a fumble in the end zone for the final score of the game with 7:15 left in the fourth quarter.
Lee also led his team with seven tackles on the night.
The Trojans forced Arkansas State into 13 third-down situations and didn't allow a single conversion. The Indians took special care in avoiding Leodis McKelvin, the nation's leading punt returner, by angling every kick away from him.
McKelvin finished the game with only two punt returns for one yard. He did have a career night on defense, however, recording two interceptions and adding four tackles.
The Trojans are on the road again next week, and will face their third SEC foe of the year when they go "between the hedges" at Georgia on November 3rd.
The Arkansas State Indians can look forward to another home game next week when Florida International comes to town, also on November 3rd.
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