Offense Runs Wild in Troy T-Day Game

The Cardinal team defeated the White team 60-52 in the annual T-Day festivities at Movie Gallery Stadium Saturday afternoon.

"That was the worst scoring system in the history of college football," Troy coach Larry Blakeney said. "We got that straightened out toward the end. We got a lot of reps in this afternoon, and I think we had 100 snaps in the field half."

The Cardinal team, the offense, was paced through the air by Jamie Hampton with 327 yards on 21-of-31 passing. He threw for four touchdowns, with his longest pass from scrimmage accounting for 47 yards to Kennard Burton in the second half. He also ran the ball nine times for 52 yards, including a 46-yard run late in the first half. Meanwhile, junior transfer Levi Brown was 19-for-35 for 237 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His longest play from scrimmage was a 44-yard pass to Zack Marcum . Sophomore Tanner Jones was 10-for-22 for 160 yards and an interception, and his longest play from scrimmage was a 39-yard completion to Willie McDowell.

"I think all of the quarterbacks did well," Blakeney said. "I will wait to get Neal's (Brown) opinion to see what he thought. I think Jamie got tricked on the interception he threw. There weren't many balls dropped by our receivers and we didn't blitz a lot defensively."

Running backs Xavier Moreland and DuJuan Harris combined for 224 of the team's 340 rushing yards on the afternoon. Moreland, a junior, led the team with 117 yards on just 12 carries, including a 55-yard run which was the longest play from scrimmage on the day. Meanwhile, Harris ran for 107 yards on 17 carries including a long of 22 on the day.

The receiving corps was led by McDowell, who caught seven passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns. He caught passes of 39, 25 and three yards for the touchdowns. Junior Patrick Cherry caught eight passes for 98 yards, including a pair of passes of 25 yards. Fred Turner caught six passes for 73 yards while Cornelius Williams , Stanley Jones and Shelby Davis all registered touchdown receptions.

"Offensively, we got into the hurry-up tempo at some good times and got the defense a little tired," Blakeney said. "I think we will learn a lot from this scrimmage. We had some young guys like McDowell, Jonathan Chandler , Cornelius Williams and Kennard make a play or two. I thought both running backs made some plays. All of that means the o-line must be doing something right."

Defensively, the Trojans were led by Xavier Lamb with 21 total tackles, including nine solo for the freshman. Donnell Golden recorded double-digits in tackles for the White team with 11, including six solo tackles. The White team recorded nine sacks on the afternoon, led by Daniel Orr and Rashad Roussell with a pair of sacks each.

"Xavier made a bunch of tackles," Blakeney said. "Golden and Bear Woods both made a lot of plays defensively for us this afternoon. Like I said, we didn't blitz much. Our corners are what we are really worried about, but I saw Chris Bowens make some plays and KeJuan Phillips made some plays. Of course the safeties made some plays."

Bryant McKissic and Tavares Williams each recorded an interception for the White team, while recorded seven tackles each. "Defensively, I think we have a good nucleus of players," Blakeney said. "I don't think we have good, strong leadership on defense yet, but I think a day like today will help. That will take some time. We have another week and we'll have another scrimmage next Saturday to see where we are."

Another battle took place on the special teams, where the Trojans are looking to replace Gregg Whibbs. Freshman Will Goggans punted twice for an average of 45.2 yards per punt, while Cody Daniel punted once for 40 yards. Michael Taylor was perfect on his field goal attempts, hitting a pair and a long of 31; however, he was 3-of-4 on extra points on the afternoon. Sam Glusman , the other placekicker on the day, was perfect on PAT's as he connected on all three of his attempts.

The Trojans return to the practice field on Monday for another week of spring practice before wrapping up spring drills April 8.