The Chip Lindsey era of Troy Trojans (1-0) football got off to a dominant start as the Trojans handled the Campbell Fighting Camels (0-1) by a score of 43-14 at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30.
The Trojans were led by returning quarterback Kaleb Barker and running back BJ Smith en-route to the dominating offensive performance that saw Troy churn out 527 yards of total offense.
Barker – in his first game since tearing his ACL last year – completed 18-of-29 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns, while Smith rushed for 108 yards and one touchdown on just 10 rushing attempts.
Barker had two 100-yard receivers in the win with Kaylon Geiger catching five passes for 104 yards and Reggie Todd catching three passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.
Troy got the scoring started on their first drive when kicker Tyler Sumpter booted a 27-yard field goal with 13:40 left in the opening period, and then Barker found Todd wide open down the middle of the field for a 61-yard touchdown pass with 11:04 left in the first quarter to put Troy up 10-0.
Campbell was able to hang in for awhile, though, as quarterback Hajj-Malik Williams tossed a 16-yard score to receiver Caleb Sneak with 7:23 left in the opening period to cut the Troy lead to 10-7.
With 50 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Barker found receiver Luke Whittemore for a 10-yard touchdown pass to extend the Trojan lead to 17-7.
Then as the second quarter was set to begin, lighting in the area forced a 74-minute weather delay that seemed to kill Troy’s momentum.
Finally, with 5:03 left in the second quarter Troy was able to get back on the scorebard with a 25-yard field goal from Sumpter to boost the lead to 20-7. Troy would take that lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, Smith scored on a 24-yard touchdown run with 8:27 left in the third quarter to put Troy ahead 27-7 and then DK Billingsley scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 4:07 left in the third quarter to extend the lead to 34-7.
After a bad snap went over the Campbell punter’s head, Troy recorded a safety and extended the lead to 36-7.
Campbell was finally able to get back on the scoreboard when Williams found Snead for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 8:35 left in the game to cut the Trojan lead to 36-14.
Billingsley then sealed the game with a 38-yard touchdown run with 6:01 for to put Troy ahead for good 43-14.
After totaling 126 yards in the first half, Campbell netted (-36) yards in the third quarter alone and would finish the game with just 143 total yards.
Sophomore Troy linebacker Cartlon Martial led the way with 13 tackles and two tackles-for-loss leading to him being named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week. No other Trojan defender had more than three tackles.
“I’m glad we got the win,” Lindsey said after the game. “I was a little bit worried with how we would respond after the long (weather) delay, but I was really pleased with how we played in the second half. I was really pleased with how we tried to take control of the game up front and win the line of scrimmage.”
Troy will be off this week before hosting Southern Miss on Sept. 14.
Auburn stuns Oregon late
The No. 16-ranked Auburn Tigers (1-0) came from behind to pick up a wild 27-21 win over the No. 13-ranked Oregon Ducks in Dallas, Tex. on Saturday.
After getting down 14-6 in the first half, the Tigers came roaring back and ultimately earned the 27-21 win when freshman quarterback Bo Nix tossed a 26-yard scoring strike to receiver Seth Williams with just nine seconds left in the game.
Nix finished his first career start with 177 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions on 13-of-31 passing along with 42 rushing yards. Running back JaTarvious Whitlow rushed for 110 yards on 24 carries.
Auburn hosts Tulane this week.
Crimson Tide cruises past Duke
The No. 2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0) shook off a rocky start to thrash the Duke Blue Devils (0-1) by a score of 42-3 in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday.
The Tide was led by an offense that hung 512 yards on the Blue Devils and a defense that held Duke to just 204 total yards and forced three turnovers.
Alabama’s 2018 Heisman runner-up quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 26-of-31 passes for 336 yards and four touchdowns in the win. All American Jerry Jeudy was his favorite target catching 10 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. Freshman running back Jerome Ford had 10 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Junior safety Xavier McKinney led the Tide defense with eight tackles, while freshmen linebackers Christian Harris and Shane Lee each had six tackles and impressed in their Alabama debuts.
Alabama hosts New Mexico State this weekend.