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Sun Belt Conference Championship: Troy 45, Coastal Carolina 26

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

TROY, Ala. - Gunnar Watson passed for 318 yards and three long touchdowns to lead Troy to a 45-26 victory over Coastal Carolina in the Sun Belt Conference championship game.

The Trojans (11-2) raced ahead 31-0 in the first half en route to their Sun Belt-record seventh league title and 10th consecutive win under first-year coach Jon Sumrall. It was Troy's first league title since 2017 and fans celebrated by storming the field and bringing down a goal post.

By the time three-time Sun Belt player of the year Grayson McCall got the offense going for Coastal Carolina (9-3), it was all but over. McCall started at quarterback after missing the past two games with a foot injury.

Watson completed 12 of 17 passes, including touchdowns of 67 yards and 36 yards to Rajae' Johnson and a 65-yarder to Deshon Stoudemire. Watson was hit as he was throwing the 67-yarder with Johnson stretching out to grab it.

Johnson then snagged the ball one-handed to answer the Chanticleers' second touchdown. DK Billingsley ran for three touchdowns, including a 33-yarder, for the Trojans.

Troy rebounded from a 1-2 start to the season, including losing to Appalachian State on a Hail Mary.

McCall overcame a rough start to complete 29 of 41 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns with a late interception. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown.

McCall led touchdown drives heading into and coming out of halftime after his team started out getting outgained 316-22.

The momentum didn't last.

T.J. Jackson then had a strip sack and fumble recovery inside Coastal Carolina's 10 to set up a touchdown.

The stats evened out but the score never got too uncomfortable for Troy. Coastal Carolina actually ended with a 432-411 edge in total yards.

Coastal Carolina has lost two straight lopsided games, including a 47-7 defeat to James Madison. Coach Jamey Chadwell is reportedly a candidate to replace Hugh Freeze at Liberty.

TAKEAWAY

Coastal Carolina: McCall and the offense took too long to get going for the Chanticleers to have a chance, but the defense struggled to bring down both Troy's running backs and receivers in the first half. Still, the Chanticleers have won 31 games over the last three seasons.

Troy: Might have earned its second Top 25 ranking and first since 2016. The Trojans have their longest win streak since winning 11 in a row in 1995. Their six Sun Belt titles had been tied with Arkansas State.

SLOW DRIVE

The fumble recovery set up a drive that didn't go far but took nearly four minutes. Troy finally scored after the eight-play, 7-yard drive was kept alive by a personal foul on a field goal.

December 3, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CoastCTroy
Troy FG 11:07 Brooks Buce 35 yard field goal 0 3
Troy TD 9:28 Deshon Stoudemire 65 yard TD pass from Gunnar Watson (Brooks Buce Extra Point) 0 10
Troy TD 4:09 DK Billingsley 8 yard TD run (Brooks Buce Extra Point) 0 17
Second Quarter CoastCTroy
Troy TD 12:36 DK Billingsley 33 yard TD run (Brooks Buce Extra Point) 0 24
Troy TD 9:47 RaJae' Johnson 67 yard TD pass from Gunnar Watson (Brooks Buce Extra Point) 0 31
CoastC TD 0:29 Grayson McCall 8 yard TD run (Kade Hensley Extra Point) 7 31
Third Quarter CoastCTroy
CoastC TD 12:08 Jared Brown 30 yard TD pass from Grayson McCall (Aaron Bedgood 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 13 31
Troy TD 8:42 RaJae' Johnson 36 yard TD pass from Gunnar Watson (Brooks Buce Extra Point) 13 38
Troy TD 4:49 DK Billingsley 3 yard TD run (Brooks Buce Extra Point) 13 45
Fourth Quarter CoastCTroy
CoastC TD 14:55 Sam Pinckney 11 yard TD pass from Grayson McCall (Xavier Gravette 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 19 45
CoastC TD 6:09 Tyson Mobley 21 yard TD pass from Grayson McCall (Kade Hensley Extra Point) 26 45
Team Stats
  Coastal Carolina Troy
First downs 27 14
  Rushing 7 4
  Passing 18 10
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-13, 31% 5-11, 45%
4th down efficiency 2-4, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 31-113 36-93
Passing Yards 319 318
Return Yards 26 30
Completions-Attempts-Int 29-41-1 12-17-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-18 4-23
Punts 4 4
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 6-40 6-65
Coastal Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. McCall 29 41 319 3 1
Troy Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Watson 12 17 318 3 0
Coastal Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. White 8 44 5.5 0
B. Bennett 5 33 6.6 0
C. Beasley 6 32 5.3 0
G. McCall 11 18 1.6 1
Troy Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Billingsley 9 57 6.3 3
K. Vidal 20 53 2.7 0
G. Watson 5 -15 -3.0 0
Coastal Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Mobley 7 109 15.6 1
S. Pinckney 11 81 7.4 1
J. Brown 5 73 14.6 1
X. Gravette 3 24 8.0 0
C. Beasley 2 24 12.0 0
B. Bennett 1 8 8.0 0
Troy Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Johnson 4 134 33.5 2
D. Stoudemire 3 99 33.0 1
T. Johnson 3 59 19.7 0
D. Lewis 1 21 21.0 0
K. Vidal 1 5 5.0 0
Coastal Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Troy Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Harris 1 5
Coastal Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Crenshaw 4 151 37.8
Troy Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Rivers 4 145 36.3
Coastal Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Mobley 1 7 7.0
Troy Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Johnson 1 10 10.0
Coastal Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. McDoom 1 19 19.0
Troy Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Higgins 1 -1 -1.0
J. Williams 1 16 16.0
Coastal Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
Troy Missed FG
Player Length




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