Troy credits South Alabama loss for recent success

(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WSFA) - The Troy Trojans wrapped up day three down in New Orleans as they held their second practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome gearing up for that showdown against North Texas on Saturday.

Head coach Neal Brown and some Troy players met with the media to discuss the big game and one of the topics of conversation was Troy's disappointing loss to South Alabama in October.

The Trojans defeated LSU on Sept. 30, but less than two weeks later, the Trojans played their worst game under Brown in a 19-8 loss to South Alabama.

Since that loss to the Jaguars, the Trojans have rattled off six-straight wins, which propelled them to the Sun Belt Conference Championship.

Just as Troy's win over LSU was able to turn the season around for the Tigers (LSU only d ropped one game after losing to Troy), the Trojans say the loss to South Alabama was the game that got their season back on track.

"We kind of got locked in as a football team," Brown said. "We played Georgia State the very next week and played our best game to that point and then we won six games in a row."

"They woke us up and we've been hungrier ever since," said defensive lineman Jamal Stadom. "We know what type of team we are and what really could've been the outcome of that game, but it's over with. We learned from it and I think we all grew from it."

The Trojans will hold one more practice on Friday morning and before heading downtown to where there will be a pep rally beginning at 5 p.m. followed by a special commencement ceremony for seven Troy Football players and members of the Sound of the South who are unable to make graduation.

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