South Falls to Troy, Still Bowl Eligible

By: Bryant Kwilecki | Sports Editor

Photo by: Michael Dunn | Photographer

On Oct. 20th our South Alabama Jaguars hosted the Troy Trojans in the annual Battle of The Belt. The Trojans ultimately pulled out a win with a final score of 10-6. 

South Alabama’s offense was averaging over 450 plus yards per game and 36 points per game. The Trojans held the Jags to just 255 yards of total offense and only six points which came off two field goals by Diego Garcia. The Jaguars failed to establish the run game which has been pivotal to their offensive success this season. The Trojans held on to beat the Jags, upholding a four-year winning streak and taking first place in the Sun Belt West.

While the loss was painful for many, the night was still historic for South Alabama with a record attendance of over 25,000 people at Hancock-Whitney Stadium. The student section delivered with a vibrant and active energy to cheer on their Jags. Despite the frustratingly close loss, it was a very special night for the University of South Alabama and its football program. 

The Jags were able to rebound the next week by gutting out a 31-3 win over Arkansas State to become bowl eligible for the second time in program history. On Nov. 5, the Jags traveled to Georgia Southern where they came out on top with a final score of 38-31. The Jags do not plan on stopping there. With just three more games to go, South Alabama plans to make more history by clinching its first winning season ever.