TROY, Ala. (AP) - Levi Brown passed for 191 yards, and Dantavious Parker ran for two touchdowns out of the Wildcat formation to lead Troy to a 31-7 victory over Middle Tennessee on Tuesday night.
The Trojans (3-2, 2-0 Sun Belt Conference) have won four straight over their league rival, retaining the Palladium Trophy awarded to the winner since 2004.
The Blue Raiders (3-2, 1-1) had looked like potential challengers to the three-time defending league champions after upsets over Memphis and Maryland, but an offense directed by former Troy and Auburn coordinator Tony Franklin couldn't sustain drives.
Brown was 18-of-30 passing and had a 52-yard touchdown throw to Chip Reeves late in the first half.
Parker gained 83 yards on six carries off direct snaps.
Middle Tennessee's workhorse quarterback Dwight Dasher got going late, but had 245 yards passing and 53 rushing.