Trojans come out roaring, grab 7-3 lead to start 3rd Q

Will Hall, seen here during a summer football scrimmage, will lead the University of Southern...
Will Hall, seen here during a summer football scrimmage, will lead the University of Southern Mississippi against Troy University at 7 p.m. Saturday in Hattiesburg.(Taylor Curet/WDAM 7)
Published: Sep. 18, 2021 at 5:59 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – Troy University managed four first downs and 88 yards total offense to trail the University of Southern Mississippi 3-0 at halftime.

It took the Trojans all of six plays to start the second half to rack up four first downs and 75 yards to a take a 7-3 lead at the top of the third quarter at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

Quarterback Taylor Powell found Jabre Barber with a 17-yard touchdown pass to give the Trojans the lead.

Briggs Bourgeois’ insole had provided the lone points in a defensive first half, as USM scored on its first possession of the game. Bourgeois capped the drive with a 46-yard field goal.

And that was about as close to scoring as both defenses proved stingy.

In his first start, freshman Ty Keyes manged to guide USM to just 110 yards total offense in the first half.

Bourgeois missed a 41-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the first half.

USM leads the series with Troy, 8-2, including a 47-42 win in Troy, Ala.

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