Troy cruises past Coastal Carolina

CONWAY, S.C. Marcus Jones returned two kickoffs for a touchdown and Jordan Chunn became Troy’s all-time touchdown king as the Trojans eased past Coastal Carolina, 42-17, Saturday at Brooks Stadium in Sun Belt Conference action.

Jones, a true freshman, returned the opening kickoff of the game 91 yards for a touchdown, and following a Coastal field goal, returned the second kickoff of the game 87 yards for a touchdown. Jones tied an NCAA record with his two touchdown returns as he became just the 21st player in NCAA (FBS) history to return a pair of kickoffs for a touchdown in a game.

Chunn found the end zone for the 46th time of his Troy career with an 8-yard run in the second quarter. It gave the Trojans (8-2, 5-1 Sun Belt) a 28-10 lead and established Chunn as Troy’s all-time touchdown leader as he passed Troy Hall of Famer Danny Grant in the annuals of Troy history.

Troy’s defense continued to be a dominant force despite playing without three starters in the first half and two starters the entire game. Troy remains just one of three teams in the country to have not allowed more than 24 points in a game this season.

The Trojans held the Chanticleers (1-8, 0-6) to just 258 yards in the game and 94 yards on the ground. It marked the seventh time this season that Troy has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing this season tying the school’s FBS record.

One week after recording 16 tackles, linebacker Tron Folsom recorded 11 stops to lead the Trojans, while Marcus Webb led Troy with 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Troy finished the game with five sacks – the fourth time in the last five games with four or more sacks – and 13 tackles for loss.

Blace Brown intercepted a pair of passes on Coastal’s first four drives of the game marking the third time in his career he intercepted multiple passes in a game. He now has 10 in his career and ranks first among active players nationally with 0.40 interceptions per game in his career.

Quarterback Brandon Silvers used his legs to put Troy up 21-10 early in the second quarter with a 10-yard run – his fourth rushing touchdown of the season – before Chunn sent Troy to the break with a 28-10 advantage.

Silvers finished 18-of-30 for 206 yards and a touchdown, while Chunn rushed for 30 yards on just 12 carries. Josh Anderson led Troy on the ground with 58 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Deondre Douglas caught three passes for 66 yards and a late touchdown, while Tevaris McCormick had four grabs for 37 yards.

Kilton Anderson completed 13-of-25 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns for Coastal Carolina, while Osharmar Abercrombie rushed 14 times for 55 yards.