Troy wins 4th straight Sun Belt Title

TROY, AL - Levi Brown led the Troy Trojans to their fourth consecutive Sun Belt title on Saturday when he passed for a new single-game record of 477 yards. That total also helped him to eclipse the single-season record for passing yardage with 3,575, and he and the 2009 seniors left the building for the last time in grand fashion.

The 2009 seniors, winners of a Sun Belt crown every year they were at Troy, were a large part of Troy's dominant win against Florida Atlantic, 47-21.

"My mind is immediately popping straight to the celebration of a great win, another championship, at least a share, and another bowl bid for this program," Trojans head coach Larry Blakeney said. "This win is bittersweet a little bit because you are happy for all we have been able to do together because you know those guys won't be back for another year. Some of them will go on to maybe careers in football, but most of them will all graduate and go on to other things in life."

The 2009 Trojans posted another goal on the accomplishment board Saturday, but the task won't be complete until the season is done.

"It was our goal from the beginning of the year to win the Sun Belt, and we did that tonight," Brown said. "I thought we played really well on both sides of the ball and special teams too. It's a really good team win for us."

Running back Shawn Southward started the day's scoring when he got in the end zone from the 1-yard line. The touchdown capped off and 11-play, 90-yard drive and burned 3:09 off of the first quarter clock. Troy had an early lead, 7-0 with 7:32 left in the opening quarter.

Patrick Cherry reeled in a 19-yard touchdown reception from Brown, marking his first touchdown of the 2009 season. The drive took just 2:19 off of the clock and gained 61 yards in six plays. With 4:08 left to go in the first quarter Troy's lead was pushed to 14-0.

Running back Alfred Morris put Florida Atlantic on the board when he wrestled his way into the end zone to cap off a 46-yard run. He posted 137 yards on the night. The Owls got on the board trailing by just a touchdown just before the opening quarter ended, but shortly thereafter the route was on for the Trojans.

Troy started the second quarter by tacking on a 43-yard field goal. The field goal was a career long for kicker Michael Taylor and the Trojans led by 10 points to start the second quarter.

Jerrel Jernigan caught a pass from Brown on the left side of the field in Trojans territory, cut it back to the right side, and blazed 70 yards to the 1-yard line to set up Troy's third touchdown of the day. He finished with 147 yards receiving and 51 rushing yards and a touchdown.

"We are just on all cylinders right now," Jernigan said. "All the receivers are catching the ball. You can't double one of us because one of us will be open. DB's have to play man up and hopefully I get open."

Cornelius Williams and Tebiarus Gill also posted receiving touchdowns on the night, and Maurice Greer scored a touchdown on the ground.

On the defensive side linebacker Bear Woods led all Trojans with 13 tackles. Bryan Willis and Xavier Lamb each posted nine. Kevin Dixon, Eugene Kinlaw, Kanorris Davis, Boris Lee and Brandon Lang each posted a sack in the game.

"Congratulations to Troy," FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger said. "Troy embarrassed us and the university. Troy outplayed us in every aspect of the game, and they won it big."

Troy's next opponent is the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette. The Trojans will face UL on the road next week and attempt to earn their first perfect season in Sun Belt play since joining the league.

A win secures sole possession of the conference title for the Trojans, and that is their final goal.

"The New Orleans Bowl," Bear Woods said. "That's what we always think about all year. It's like your parents telling you all year that you are going to Wally World all the time, then at the end they try to switch it up and take you to Six Flags. You aren't going to like that too much. We want New Orleans."