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Cure Bowl: Troy 18, Texas-San Antonio 12

By COREY LONG
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. - Gunnar Watson's 12-yard scoring pass to RaJae' Johnson in the third period put No. 23 Troy ahead to stay, and the Trojans forced five turnovers in an 18-12 come-from-behind win over No. 22 USTA in the Duluth Trading Cure Bowl.

Troy (12-2) closed out the season with 11 straight victories and set a school record for wins in a season.

USTA (11-3) outgained Troy 345-169 and led 12-0 in the first half, but turnovers proved to be the difference.

Troy linebacker K.J. Robertson picked off a pass by USTA's Frank Harris near the goal line in the third quarter. Robertson returned the interception 61 yards, with a 15-yard personal foul penalty tacked on at the end, and the pick set up the go-ahead score.

Watson's TD pass to Johnson gave the Trojans a 13-12 lead, and a 2-point conversion pass to tight end Clayton Ollendieck made it 15-12 with 2:43 remaining in the third quarter.

Watson was 13-for-23 passing for 113 yards. Kimani Vidal rushed for 73 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown.

Vidal scored on a 2-yard rush with 50 seconds left in the first half to pull Troy within 12-7.

The Roadrunners took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter on a safety when Troy center Jake Andrews snapped the ball before Watson was ready and the ball bounded through the end zone.

Harris connected with Zakhari Franklin for a 2-yard scoring pass early in the second quarter to make it 9-0.

Jared Sackett added a 42-yard field goal at 6:41 of the second quarter to extend USTA's lead to 12-0.

Harris went 23 for 42 for 198 yards and a TD. Kevorian Barnes rushed for 132 yards on 21 carries.

THE TAKEAWAY

UTSA: Penalties and turnovers doomed the Roadrunners. They were penalized eight times for 89 yards with several personal fouls. Harris threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.

Troy: The Trojans got down to their defensive roots and forced UTSA into some uncharacteristic mistakes. They got just enough plays from Watson on offense.

December 16, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter Tx-SATroy
Tx-SA SF 3:58 Team safety 2 0
Second Quarter Tx-SATroy
Tx-SA TD 12:30 Zakhari Franklin 2 yard TD pass from Frank Harris (Jared Sackett Extra Point) 9 0
Tx-SA FG 6:21 Jared Sackett 42 yard field goal 12 0
Troy TD 0:50 Kimani Vidal 2 yard TD run (Brooks Buce Extra Point) 12 7
Third Quarter Tx-SATroy
Troy TD 2:43 RaJae' Johnson 12 yard TD pass from Gunnar Watson (Clayton Ollendieck 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 12 15
Fourth Quarter Tx-SATroy
Troy FG 9:18 Brooks Buce 27 yard field goal 12 18
Team Stats
  UTSA Troy
First downs 21 16
  Rushing 6 5
  Passing 15 4
  Penalty 0 7
3rd Down Efficiency 3-12, 25% 2-15, 13%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 32-147 43-37
Passing Yards 198 113
Return Yards 13 128
Completions-Attempts-Int 23-42-2 13-24-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-14 6-38
Punts 4 6
Fumbles Lost 4-3 2-0
Penalties - Yards 9-104 2-21
UTSA Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
F. Harris 23 42 198 1 2
Troy Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Watson 13 23 113 1 2
T. Johnson 0 1 0 0 0
UTSA Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Barnes 22 134 6.1 0
F. Harris 8 12 1.5 0
C. Carpenter 1 2 2.0 0
Troy Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Vidal 22 73 3.3 1
D. Billingsley 8 14 1.8 0
G. Watson 9 -35 -3.9 0
UTSA Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
O. Cardenas 5 62 12.4 0
C. Carpenter 7 59 8.4 0
Z. Franklin 8 41 5.1 1
D. Dishman 1 20 20.0 0
T. Ogle-Kellogg 1 9 9.0 0
K. Barnes 1 7 7.0 0
Troy Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Johnson 2 41 20.5 1
T. Johnson 4 40 10.0 0
D. Stoudemire 3 16 5.3 0
K. Vidal 2 7 3.5 0
C. Ollendieck 1 6 6.0 0
M. Vice 1 3 3.0 0
UTSA Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Nwachuku 1 0
C. Chattman 1 0
Troy Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Robertson 1 61
R. Jibunor 1 13
UTSA Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Dean 4 187 46.8
Troy Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Rivers 6 260 43.3
UTSA Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Carpenter 2 13 6.5
Troy Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UTSA Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Holt 1 0 0
Troy Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Williams 3 54 18.0
UTSA Missed FG
Player Length
Troy Missed FG
Player Length




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