TROY, Ala – Southern Miss came into Troy, Alabama, riding a two-game win streak with momentum and confidence, but Troy took the fire out by beating the Golden Eagles 27-10 in its Sun Belt opener.
“I thought we played hard for a long time. They are an experienced ball club that’s battle-tested and they were at home. I thought they brought great energy and I thought we brought great energy,” Head Coach Will Hall said. “I thought it was a great football game for a long time with a lot of hard hitting. We are just not a very good team on offense right now, and ultimately that’s what it came down to.” Southern Miss Head Coach Will Hall said.
After coming off a good game on offense versus Tulane, Southern Miss’s offense derailed on the road versus Troy. Southern Miss only had a net total of 205 yards, with 66 of those yards coming in a garbage time drive with less than a minute left. A low-scoring game was to be expected, as Troy ranks fifth in defenses in the Sun Belt. But after coming off of a bye week, Southern Miss did not get the production it was expecting.
“All in all, we didn’t make the plays we needed to make offensively; credit to them as they ran the defense they ran all year. We did not play very well offensively and that’s on me as the head coach and in charge of the offense. We have got to get better.” Hall said.
As expected, the game was centered around defense. All the points in the first half came off of turnovers. Only 10 of the 37 combined points did not come off of turnovers.
Southern Miss got the ball to start the game and got a quick first
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