TROY, AL (WSFA) - For the Troy Trojans, Friday's win was another step closer to claiming at least a piece of the Sun Belt Conference Champions title, but their 62-9 win over Texas State (2-10, 1-7) meant much more to the 21 seniors that took the field for the final time in Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Troy (9-2, 6-1) used a 41-point first half to help improve the odds at a conference championship title. In his last game at the Vet, Brandon Silvers tossed four first half touchdown passes, the fourth time in his career he's thrown that many touchdowns in a game.
Silvers' four touchdown passes each went to a different receiver as he finished the game with 380 yards, eclipsing 10,000 career passing yards and accounting for 80 total touchdowns.
Senior running back Jordan Chunn added a 43-yard touchdown run with 37 seconds to play in opening half of the game. Chunn finished with 80 yards on just 10 carries.
In the second half, Silvers passed the torch on to the future of Troy football at the quarterback position. Sophomore Kaleb Barker completed all four of his passes for 107 yards, including a 59-yarder to Richard Hallman.
Troy's defense continued its dominance. Two first-half interceptions and a forced fumble recovery sprung the offense into action. It suffocated the Texas State offense, even holding them to -1 yard in after the first quarter of play. The Bobcats didn't pick up their first first down of the game until the second quarter.
Texas State eventually got it going, putting up 300 yards of total offense, but only had 9 points to show for it, while Troy amassed over 600 total yards.
Friday's win for Troy keeps them alive as they go on the road against Arkansas State next Saturday. It was Arkansas State last year who knocked the Trojans off their high horse after being ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time in its Division I history. The Red Wolves soundly beat Troy 35-3 in the 2016 campaign.
Troy wins a share of the conference title with a win over Arkansas State next Saturday. It's Troy's last game of the regular season.