Sunday, September 14, 2014

Abilene Christian Stuns Troy

Abilene Christian rallied from an early 14-point deficit to stun Troy 38-35 Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Nik Grau booted a 27-yard field goal with just over six minutes to play in the game to give Abilene Christian the lead and Adrian Duncan iced the game with a 9-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play following a controversial pass interference call on an unsuccessful fake field goal attempt by the Wildcats.

Brandon Burks pulled Troy within the final three-point margin with a 1-yard plunge up the middle with 20 seconds to play. John Johnson set the score up one player earlier on a 49-yard reception from Dontreal Pruitt. The Trojans were not able to recover the on-side kick attempt and ACU ran out the clock for the victory.

After ACU (1-2) opened the scoring, Troy (0-3) rolled off 21 straight points on a pair of touchdown runs by Brandon Silvers and a 12-yard pass from Silvers to Burks. Silvers became the first Troy quarterback since Deon Anthony in 2012 to rush for a pair of touchdowns in a game.

Silvers finished 12-of-21 for 187 yards through the air before leaving the game midway through the third quarter with an injury. Pruitt was 9-of-17 for 99 yards in relief of the Troy starter. Burks caught four passes for 72 yards, while Johnson finished with 72 receiving yards and Chandler Worthy had a game-high 88 receiving yards.

The teams traded scores early in the third quarter as Demarcus Thompson took an end-around into the end zone from three yards out and Khary Frankin found the end zone from 11 yards out for the Trojans three minutes later; it was Franklin's first career rushing touchdown.

A pair of big plays by the Wildcat offense tied the game as Parker McKenzie and Cedric Gilbert hooked up for a 63-yard pass and catch midway through the third quarter and De'Andre Brown tied the game with a 47-yard touchdown run with just under two minutes to play in the third.

McKenzie finished 25-of-34 for 312 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and a pair of interceptions. Herschel Sims carried the ball 20 times for 96 yards, while Brown added 72 yards on eight carries.

Femi Odaibo was responsible for both of the interceptions thrown by McKenzie. He is the first Troy player with multiple interceptions in a game since Sherrod Martin intercepted three Alcorn State passes in 2008. It was the first time Troy intercepted multiple passes in a game since picking off a pair of South Alabama passes in 2012.

Troy travels to Athens, Ga., next Saturday for a showdown with Georgia its final non-conference game of the season. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. in a game that will be televised by the SEC Network.

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