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Smith leads Troy past Buffalo 42-32 in Dollar General Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Troy's offense limped through November with a handful of injuries, and a subpar game against Appalachian State in the regular-season finale cost the Trojans a shot at winning the Sun Belt Conference title.

After a few weeks of rest, the Trojans were healthy for the Dollar General Bowl. It made all the difference.

Sawyer Smith threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns, B.J. Smith and Sidney Davis ran for touchdowns and Troy beat Buffalo 42-32 on Saturday night. Troy coach Neal Brown said the victory was gratifying, even if the win was slightly bittersweet.

''Being at full strength, I think it kind of gave you a glimpse at what we might have been,'' Brown said.

Troy (10-3) secured the hard-fought win on Davis' 20-yard touchdown run with 3:09 remaining, a play after Buffalo's Tyree Jackson fumbled to give the Trojans possession. It was the Bulls' third lost fumble.

The entertaining game had several big swings in momentum, especially during a strange third quarter that featured Buffalo scoring seven points despite not running an offensive play.

Troy took a 21-17 lead on Smith's 2-yard touchdown run with 9:47 left in the third and then immediately recovered an onside kick. The Trojans were driving for another score before a B.J. Smith fumble bounced into the hands of Buffalo's Tyrone Hill, who ran 93 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulls a 24-21 lead.

Troy jumped ahead 35-24 after two quick touchdowns in the fourth quarter and held off Buffalo's final rally. Sawyer Smith's favorite target was Damion Willis, who caught 13 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. The quarterback said even though the Trojans made a few mistakes in the second half, he could feel momentum building.

''I knew how the offense was playing and how good we could be in the second half,'' Smith said. ''I really had no doubt.''

Buffalo's Jackson threw for 274 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The quarterback said the Bulls made some uncharacteristic mistakes that caused a sour end to the season.

''As an offense, we pride ourselves on playing good football,'' Jackson said. ''We've played good football all year, no penalties and winning the turnover battle. Today we struggled with that and put our defense in a tough situation.''

Buffalo (10-4) took the early 7-0 lead on Jaret Patterson's 11-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the game. The drive was helped by a spectacular 51-yard pass completion that bounced off K.J. Osborn's hands and pinballed between a few defenders before being caught by Antonio Nunn.

Troy bounced back quickly with its own huge gain through the air - a 60-yard touchdown from Sawyer Smith to Tray Eafford.

The game stayed tight throughout the first half and Buffalo took a 17-14 lead late in the second quarter on Adam Mitcheson's 41-yard field goal. The Bulls had the halftime lead despite three turnovers, including two fumbles.

THE TAKEAWAY

Buffalo: It's a disappointing loss for the Bulls, who are still looking for their first bowl win in program history. Buffalo dominated at times, but the four turnovers proved to be tough to overcome.

Troy: The Trojans secured their third straight 10-win season, which is the longest such streak in program history. Sawyer Smith was excellent and Troy finally got its run game going in the second half. The Trojans were also able to capitalize on Buffalo's turnovers.

UP NEXT

The Bulls should return most of their offense next season, but must replace eight defensive starters. Buffalo opens at home against Robert Morris next season.

Troy has a few holes to fill, but should return another very good team next season. Troy opens at home against Campbell next season.

''We've got a chance to put another run together,'' Brown said. ''We really do.''

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:09
98-T.Sumpter extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
32
42
Touchdown 3:14
6-S.Davis runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
20
yds
0:00
pos
32
41
Two Point Conversion 7:24
3-T.Jackson complete to 1-A.Nunn. 1-A.Nunn to TRY End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
32
35
Touchdown 7:30
3-T.Jackson complete to 8-K.Osborn. 8-K.Osborn runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
80
yds
03:55
pos
30
35
Point After TD 11:25
98-T.Sumpter extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
35
Touchdown 11:36
3-S.Smith complete to 6-S.Davis. 6-S.Davis runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
48
yds
00:50
pos
24
34
Point After TD 14:13
98-T.Sumpter extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
28
Touchdown 14:18
3-S.Smith complete to 15-D.Willis. 15-D.Willis runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
70
yds
05:18
pos
24
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:23
19-A.Mitcheson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
21
Touchdown 5:39
26-B.Smith to BUF 7 FUMBLES (20-J.Patterson). 33-T.Hill runs 93 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
6
yds
0:00
pos
23
21
Point After TD 9:41
98-T.Sumpter extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
21
Touchdown 9:47
26-B.Smith runs 2 yards for a touchdown. Penalty on BUF 98-W.Scott Offside declined.
12
plays
70
yds
00:00
pos
17
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:59
19-A.Mitcheson 41 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
11
yds
3:50
pos
17
14
Point After TD 6:15
98-T.Sumpter extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 6:20
3-S.Smith complete to 15-D.Willis. 15-D.Willis runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
58
yds
3:07
pos
14
13
Point After TD 11:06
19-A.Mitcheson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 11:15
5-K.Marks runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
19
plays
146
yds
01:53
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:47
98-T.Sumpter extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 11:55
3-S.Smith complete to 13-T.Eafford. 13-T.Eafford runs 60 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
74
yds
0:39
pos
7
6
Point After TD 13:12
19-A.Mitcheson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 13:18
26-J.Patterson runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
75
yds
1:23
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 21
Rushing 5 7
Passing 11 14
Penalty 4 0
3rd Down Conv 5-12 9-16
4th Down Conv 2-2 0-2
Total Net Yards 360 428
Total Plays 68 75
Avg Gain 5.3 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 102 113
Rush Attempts 33 31
Avg Rush Yards 3.1 3.6
Net Yards Passing 258 315
Comp. - Att. 20-35 31-44
Yards Per Pass 7.4 7.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-16 1-5
Penalties - Yards 5-39 8-65
Touchdowns 4 6
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 1 4
Other 1 0
Turnovers 4 1
Fumbles - Lost 6-3 2-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 2-40.0 4-49.3
Return Yards 58 119
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-3
Kickoffs - Returns 3-58 4-98
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-18
Kicking 4/5 6/6
Extra Points 3/3 6/6
Field Goals 1/2 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Buffalo 10-4 7107832
Troy 10-3 7772142
258 PASS YDS 315
102 RUSH YDS 113
360 TOTAL YDS 428
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Jackson 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 274 1 1 126.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.3% 3131 28 12 136.7
T. Jackson 20/35 274 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Ja. Patterson 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 67 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
183 1013 14
Ja. Patterson 15 67 1 11
K. Marks 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 40 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
180 845 13
K. Marks 10 40 1 9
T. Jackson 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 161 7
T. Jackson 7 -4 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Nunn 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 87 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 146 1
A. Nunn 4 87 0 51
A. Johnson 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 67 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
57 1011 11
A. Johnson 5 67 0 24
K. Osborn 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 57 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
53 892 7
K. Osborn 4 57 1 37
Ja. Patterson 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 62 0
Ja. Patterson 1 23 0 23
T. Mabry 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 230 2
T. Mabry 2 17 0 10
K. Marks 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 60 0
K. Marks 2 12 0 10
T. Overton 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
T. Overton 1 7 0 7
G. Rushing 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 187 4
G. Rushing 1 4 0 4
Z. Lefebvre 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 84 0
Z. Lefebvre 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Slack 9 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-0 2 0.0
T. Slack 11-0 0.0 0
B. Williams 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 3 0.0
B. Williams 8-0 0.0 0
Ja. Patterson 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
Ja. Patterson 5-2 0.0 0
K. Hodge 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
K. Hodge 4-1 0.0 0
K. Wright 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. Wright 4-0 0.0 0
D. Lamour 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Lamour 3-0 0.0 0
W. Scott 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
W. Scott 3-0 1.0 0
R. Baker 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Baker 2-0 0.0 0
E. Wilson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
E. Wilson 2-0 0.0 0
T. Hill 33 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Hill 2-0 0.0 0
J. Collier 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
J. Collier 1-0 0.0 0
T. Riggins 49 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Riggins 1-0 0.0 0
J. Banks 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
J. Banks 1-0 0.0 0
D. Foxworth 54 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Foxworth 1-1 0.0 0
A. Washington 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 2 0.0
A. Washington 1-1 0.0 0
C. Harris 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Harris 0-1 0.0 0
M. Nicholas 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Nicholas 0-1 0.0 0
J. Brandon 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
J. Brandon 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Mitcheson 19 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
9/14 51/58
A. Mitcheson 1/2 41 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
E. Finegan 40 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 40.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
52 41.8 0
E. Finegan 2 40.0 0 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Osborn 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 19.3 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 19.3 21 0
K. Osborn 3 19.3 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Smith 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.5% 320 4 0 161.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.9% 1669 14 6 139.0
S. Smith 31/44 320 4 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Smith 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 93 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
219 1186 13
B. Smith 20 93 1 24
S. Davis 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 20 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 30 1
S. Davis 1 20 1 20
M. Jones 8 CB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
M. Jones 1 4 0 4
J. Daughtry-Frye 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
53 371 2
J. Daughtry-Frye 1 2 0 2
S. Smith 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
74 191 1
S. Smith 5 -1 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Willis 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
13 101 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
56 876 10
D. Willis 13 101 2 24
T. Eafford 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 69 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 292 3
T. Eafford 3 69 1 60
S. Davis 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 62 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 399 3
S. Davis 4 62 1 45
D. Douglas 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 472 7
D. Douglas 4 35 0 16
M. Jones 8 CB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 28 0
M. Jones 4 28 0 11
J. Daughtry-Frye 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 235 1
J. Daughtry-Frye 1 17 0 17
L. Whittemore 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 200 1
L. Whittemore 1 5 0 5
B. Smith 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 105 0
B. Smith 1 3 0 3
J. Davis 44 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Davis 0 0 0 0
R. Hallman 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 53 0
R. Hallman 0 0 0 0
W. Sunderland 10 S
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
W. Sunderland 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Rookard 5 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 5 0.0
C. Rookard 6-2 0.0 1
C. Martial 38 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
C. Martial 5-1 0.0 0
T. Dunlap 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
T. Dunlap 4-0 0.0 0
T. Sanders 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
T. Sanders 4-1 0.0 0
A. Barker 40 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
A. Barker 3-0 1.0 0
M. Tyus 12 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
M. Tyus 3-2 0.0 0
W. Sunderland 10 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
W. Sunderland 2-0 0.0 0
M. Webb 48 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
M. Webb 2-0 1.0 0
T. Murray 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 3 0.0
T. Murray 2-0 0.0 0
M. Jones 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
M. Jones 2-0 0.0 0
T. Folsom 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
T. Folsom 2-0 0.0 0
A. Showers 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Showers 1-0 1.0 0
A. Smiley 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
A. Smiley 1-2 0.0 0
H. Reese 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
H. Reese 0-1 0.0 0
K. Knudsen 39 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 1 0.0
K. Knudsen 0-2 0.0 0
T. Sumpter 98 K
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Sumpter 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Sumpter 98 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 6/6
SEASON FG XP
18/24 45/45
T. Sumpter 0/0 0 6/6 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Sumpter 98 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 49.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
55 45.1 2
T. Sumpter 4 49.3 2 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Jones 8 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 24.5 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 25.4 31 1
M. Jones 4 24.5 31 0
B. Underwood 43 K
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
B. Underwood 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Jones 8 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 8.2 3 0
M. Jones 1 3.0 3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TROY 35 1:42 7 75 TD
11:47 TROY 35 1:49 7 28 INT
7:20 BUFF 4 2:47 5 15 Punt
2:12 BUFF 8 1:53 19 92 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:13 BUFF 23 0:39 3 19 Fumble
6:15 TROY 35 0:08 3 -5 Fumble
4:11 BUFF 35 3:02 9 41 FG
0:10 BUFF 3 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:41 TROY 35 0:00 1 12
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:13 TROY 35 1:04 4 -11 Punt
11:25 TROY 35 3:55 12 69 TD
3:44 BUFF 21 0:00 1 59 Fumble
3:09 TROY 35 1:48 11 66 FG Miss
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:12 BUFF 35 1:17 4 65 TD
9:13 BUFF 37 1:13 5 33 Downs
4:29 TROY 43 1:31 4 0 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:06 BUFF 35 0:46 4 -6 Punt
9:21 BUFF 42 3:01 8 42 TD
5:50 BUFF 30 0:51 4 -5 Downs
0:59 BUFF 35 0:39 7 12 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:01 BUFF 35 0:00 12 75 TD
9:41 TROY 47 3:18 8 46 TD
5:23 BUFF 35 5:18 14 69 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:26 BUFF 48 0:50 3 48 TD
7:24 BUFF 35 3:00 7 -6 Punt
3:28 BUFF 20 0:14 1 20 TD
1:16 TROY 21 0:09 3 -3