FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 18, 2010
Contact: Allison Baznik, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
ROBINSON PASSES TROY PAST OHIO IN R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL, 48-21
Trojan quarterback completes 32-of-42 passes for 387 yards and four scores en route to MVP honors
NEW ORLEANS – Trojan quarterback Corey Robinson passed for 387 yards and four scores, and tailback DuJuan Harris ran for 105 yards and a touchdown, as the Troy University football team defeated the Ohio Bobcats, 48-21, in the 2010 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Saturday evening in the Louisiana Superdome.
Robinson completed 32-of-42 passes and finished the night to earn unanimous Most Valuable Player honors. Along the way, he set New Orleans Bowl records for passing yardage and yards of total offense (392), while his 76.2 completion percentage, 185.02 quarterback rating and touchdown passes stand second best in the 10-year history of the contest.
As a team, the Trojans set New Orleans Bowl records for points scored (48), points in a half (38 in the first), touchdowns (tied with six), total yards (602), passing yards (387), rushing yards per attempt (6.67), first downs (30) and first downs passing (19). With the win, Troy concludes the 2010 season at 8-5. Ohio, meanwhile, fell to 8-5.
“We’re certainly proud to be sitting her before you as the victors over Ohio (University) in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl,” Troy head football coach Larry Blakeney said. “We prepared well. I think our kids, after coming back off some really tough losses in the last half of the season, and then getting two wins and the help to get a co-championship, really helped us prepare well. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just the excitement of being in a bowl.
“When we play three-phase football, we take care of the kicking game, don’t turn it over on offense and tackle well on defense, we’re a very difficult team to beat.”
While the Troy offense was setting records, the Trojan defense held the Bobcats to just 308 total yards – 102 of which came in the fourth quarter when the game was all but decided. The Troy “D” posted a pair of interceptions, broke up two passes and had five sacks among eight tackles for loss while holding Ohio to just 99 yards rushing.
The Trojans wasted little time getting on the board as Jimmie Anderson picked off a Phil Bates pass on the game’s second play from scrimmage to set up a 10-play, 78-yard drive which culminated on a 12-yard touchdown run by Jerrel Jernigan. Ohio came right back with an eight-play, 81-yard drive on the ensuing possession to tie things up on a 34-yard Boo Jackson-to-Steven Goulet pass, but Troy scored on each of its next six possessions to take control of the contest.
Robinson threw his first touchdown pass of the night to Tebiarus Gill in the first quarter, hooked up with Jernigan once and Gill twice in the second quarter. Trojans’ kicker Michael Taylor, meanwhile, added to the Troy tally with a New Orleans Bowl record-long 50-yard field goal with 8:33 to play before halftime and opened the second-half scoring with a 33-yard boot to put his team on top, 41-7.
Ohio got a pair of second-half touchdown passes form Jackson as he found Donte Foster from five yards out in the third quarter and Riley Dunlop from 18 yards away in the fourth. In between both Bobcat strikes, and Troy’s Harris rambled into the endzone for a two-yard touchdown run in the third to account for the final score.
“It was clear that we had trouble controlling them from the very start in terms of what they are all about offensively,” Ohio head coach Frank Solich said. “They pretty much threw at will. They made some plays after the catch and that eventually opened up the ground game for them and so they had both of them going.
“They’ve got a very good football team. They’ve got really excellent team speed. They have big play people that stepped up today and made some big plays. We were not able to come back. Offensively, we did not handle their defensive front nearly well enough. We did not get a ground game going. We did get a little bit of a passing game going. Without the ground game, we weren’t able to control the game.”
Jernigan was one of 10 Trojan players to haul in at least one pass and posted a game-high seven receptions. Gill, meanwhile, set a New Orleans Bowl record by scoring on three of his four grabs. Jonathan Massaquoi and Brannon Bryan led Troy defensively with eight tackles each, and combined for 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.
Jackson completed 14-of-21 passes for 209 yards and three scores for Ohio and Dunlop led the way with four grabs and a game-high 91 receiving yards. Vince Davidson paced the Bobcat ground attack with 36 yards on six carries. Defensively, Shannon Ballard tied a New Orleans Bowl record with 13 tackles.