TROY, Ala. (WSFA) -The Troy Trojans fell to the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 20-17 Saturday in the “Battle of the Palladium.”
Troy head coach Chip Lindsey was not at Saturday’s game after he tested positive for COVID-19. Brian Blackmon served as interim head coach.
This is the second matchup this year between the Trojans and the Blue Raiders. In their first meeting, the Trojans defeated the Blue Raiders 47-14.
The Blue Raiders held the Trojans to 392 total yards of offense.
Gunnar Watson returned to the field Saturday. The sophomore quarterback finished the game with 300 yards and one touchdown. The Blue Raiders intercepted Watson twice.
The Trojans were the first to get on the scoreboard when kicker Evan Legassey made a 33-yard field goal.
The Blue Raiders would answer back. With 56 seconds left in the first quarter, running back Chaton Mobley ran the ball 5-yards for a touchdown.
Middle Tennessee had a 7-3 lead going into the second quarter.
The Blue Raider would add more points onto the scoreboard when running back Frank Peasant ran the ball 5-yards for a touchdown.
With over four minutes left in the first half, Trojans running back B.J. Smith made his way to the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown. The Trojans’ first touchdown of the game.
Middle Tennessee would extend their lead before the half was over when kicker Crews Holt made a 23-yard field goal.
The Blue Raiders were heading into halftime with a 17-10 lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, Middle Tennessee extends their lead. With 2:37 left in the game, Holt made a 48-yard field goal.
The Trojans, however, weren’t ready to give up. With 28 seconds left in the game, Watson connects with wide receiver Khalil McClain for an 8-yard touchdown.
Middle Tennessee beat Troy 20-17. The Blue Raiders will be taking the Palladium Trophy back to Murfreesboro.
The Trojans are now 4-4 this season. They will travel to Boone, North Carolina, to face the Appalachian State Mountaineers next Saturday with kick at 7 p.m.