Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE
The ugliness that was the escape in Troy.
What I remember most about this game was feeling like I was watching it underwater. ESPN3's telecast, or internetcast, or whatever, left a lot of be desired. By the 3rd quarter I ended up just turning it off and listening to Jim and Matt on the radio. It got close, real close, before State finally put the Trojans away, 30-24.
After watching what we thought was a convincing Auburn win (turned out to be fool's gold), we were all perplexed by State's defense giving up 572 yards of offense. Fortunately, they were able to capitalize on 4 turnovers by Troy - three of which were by Darius Slay (2 INT, 1 FR). Dropped passes for MSU wide outs were an epidemic - at least seven on the night. Chad Bumphis had one too, but that was his only blemish in a 6 reception, 180 yard, 3 touchdown performance. LaDarius Perkins also came up big, especially down the stretch, and rushed for 179 yards.
Here are some FWtCT links from the game...
Justin was at the game, took a picture, shared some thoughts.
This win gave State its first 3-0 start since 1999....and we'd go on to hear 'first since 1999' for the next several weeks. While the game was close, and certainly ugly, it was great to be 3-0 wasn't it?
There were two schools of thought on this game. 1 - it was a momentarily blip on the radar caused by what we all knew would be a "trap" game. 2 - there were serious concerns about the defense and their ability to stop a face paced spread offense. I was in the former group, and I was wrong, because when it came time to play Texas A&M and Ole Miss, the State D was exposed, badly.