Watson

Gunner Watson (18) tosses a touchdown pass in the rain.

As rain drenched Veterans Memorial Stadium for much of the Troy Trojans’ (2-1, 1-0) home opener against the Texas State Bobcats (1-4, 0-2), the weather did nothing to slow down the Trojan offense as they blew past the Bobcats to a 37-17 win.

The game not only served as Troy’s home opener of the 2020 season but was also Troy’s Sun Belt opener.

The Trojan offense was near perfect on the day gaining 588 yards and the Troy defense held the potent Bobcat offense to just 254 total yards and held Texas State’s passing game to just 93 yards. The Bobcats came into the game averaging nearly 250 yards passing per game.

Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson earned Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time after completing 33-of-46 passes for a career-high 338 yards and four touchdowns. Freshman running back Kimani Vidal also had a big day with 106 yards on 12 rushing attempts.

Receiver Kaylon Geiger caught seven passes for 121 yards and a touchdown, while Reggie Todd caught seven passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

Carlton Martial led the Trojan defense with seven tackles and two tackles-for-loss, while Will Chohlo recorded five tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss.

Troy’s first score came on a 30-yard pass from Watson to Todd in the first quarter and Todd caught his second touchdown pass – a 19-yarder – in the second quarter. Also in the second quarter, Geiger caught a 38-yard touchdown pass and Evan Legassey booted a 45-yard field goal.

Tray Eafford caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and BJ Smith scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“It’s always good to get a win in college football, and we’re excited about how our guys came out today,” Troy coach Chip Lindsey said. “After the week off, I thought we did a great job of staying motivated. We played really hard today. It wasn’t our cleanest game in a lot of areas but we’re really pleased with the effort. We were really excited to play today, and we did a good job of playing fast and physical.”

Troy will host Eastern Kentucky this Saturday, Oct. 17, at 2:30 p.m.

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