Troy easily beat Ohio 48-21 in the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday night. That makes three blowouts in three games to open bowl season. Here is a quick instant analysis of the Trojans' win:
How the game was won: Tempo, tempo, tempo. Troy devastated Ohio with is quick-strike, spread offense, and the Bobcats simply could not keep up. Not on the line, not in the secondary, not with substitutions. At one point, Ohio coach Frank Solich screamed to the officials that his team was not given the proper amount of time to get in substitutions. But that was far from the problem. Ohio simply had no answers. Troy scored on its first eight possessions and did not have a punt until the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Troy defense put major pressure on Phil Bates and Boo Jackson and did a good job against the run. Despite trailing early and not having much success on the ground, Ohio stuck with the run way too long. With its methodical offense, falling behind so badly made it impossible to come back. Ohio remains winless in five bowl appearances.
Stat of the game: 0. Troy had zero penalties, zero punts and zero turnovers in the first half, en route to a 38-7 lead.
Player of the game: Corey Robinson. What can you say about the game the redshirt freshman quarterback had? Robinson completed 23 of 29 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns. By halftime. He ended with the New Orleans Bowl record for passing yards with 387, completing 32 of 42 passes without an interception.
Unsung hero of the game: Troy defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi. The Trojans dominated on the defensive front, and Massaquoi was a big reason why. He piled up eight tackles, including three for a loss, and a New Orleans Bowl record 2.5 sacks. Scary part -- he just finished his redshirt sophomore season.
Second guessing: Bates got the start at quarterback for Ohio, but he was ineffective. Jackson has the much better arm, but Solich continued to stick with Bates. Perhaps it was because Jackson had academic problemsto clear up and joined the team late in New Orleans. Solich eventually went with Jackson, but by that time, Ohio trailed badly and the deficit was too large to overcome.
Record performance: Troy scored the most points and gained the most yards in the 10-year history of the New Orleans Bowl. It also was the most points the Trojans have scored in their five bowl appearances. Hard to believe this same team lost to ULM and UAB this season.