The Troy Football Team is sick and tired of coming up short against big time opponents. The Trojans have lost several close games to major conference teams on the road over the past few years.
Troy fell at Oklahoma State 41-38 last year. In 2008, LSU overcame a 31-3 deficit in the second half, beating the Trojans 40-31. In 2006, the Trojans pushed Florida State to the brink in Tallahassee, before falling late 24-17.
That's not where Trojans Head Coach Larry Blakeney wants to be.
"There is no such thing as a moral victory to me, period," Blakeney said. Moral victories are for losers in my opinion."
Troy plays several games against big-time opposition each year, usually receiving a sizable check for it's trouble. This season, the Trojans have already traveled to Clemson, with a trip to Arkansas on the schedule this Saturday.
The Trojans will return from Fayetteville with a hefty check, but Blakeney wants his team to focus on winning these types of games, instead of showing up for the money and to possibly make a good showing.
"Money, or he played pretty good, or he got better, or we learned a lot about ourselves, those are all different of elements of playing a game and losing," Blakeney said. "There is nothing morally good about losing."
Arkansas will host Troy at 6:30 on Saturday night. The game is being televised on CSS.