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Silvers shines in Trojans' win

Published: Nov. 6, 2016 at 11:00 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 7, 2016 at 12:46 PM CST
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

TROY, AL (WSFA) - In his first pass in Saturday's win over UMass, Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers made his only mistake of the game. An interception that the Minutemen would return inside the red zone.

"I tried to back shoulder him," said Silvers. "It just was a bad ball. You know it happens."

"First of all, the ball should have never been thrown," said head coach Neal Brown. "We didn't run a very good route. The ball shouldn't have been thrown. It should have been thrown to the back."

After that bad play, Silvers would go out and complete ten of his next 11 passes to set the pace in Troy's sixth straight win.

"With that interception, it sucks, but you just got to get in a rhythm," said Silvers. "I think I did that. When I get it a rhythm, I feel pretty good out there. I saw everything like I did last week and it was good."

The talk all season long has been the emergence of Brandon Silvers as the leader of this Trojan team.

Through the first eight games, Silvers has proven to be a consistent leader on the field.

"Well, we're 7-1 and he's the leader. Especially the leader on offense," said Brown. "So, I would say job well done so far. He threw for 245 yards. Ran the ball effectively. Our last game he throws for 395, but I still think his ceiling is higher than what he's been playing. So we will continue to challenge him, but I'm pleased and I think he's done a nice job leading our offense and leading our team."

Silvers ranks in the Top 30 in completions per game with 23, completion percentage at 64 percent, and passing yards a game with 260, but this Saturday could present a challenge for Silvers.

Silver will face an Appalachian State defense that is giving up only 217 passing yards a game and has forced 16 interceptions.

Kickoff between the Trojans and the Mountaineers will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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