Troy Trojans push past Akron Zips

Published 3:49 pm Monday, September 25, 2017

The Troy Trojans lost the lead late, but picked up a last-minute touchdown to knock off the Akron Zips 22-17 Saturday in Troy.

Troy got the ball to start the game, but a fumble gave the Zips the ball in Trojan territory.

A few plays later, Akron’s Tom O’Leary hit a 28-yard field goal to put the Zips up 3-0.

The Trojans responded with a strong touchdown drive to take a 7-3 lead.

Jordan Chunn had several Akron defenders draped on his back as he plunged his way in for a 6-yard score.

The next Troy drive saw the Trojans drive down the field, and then come away with a 22-yard field goal from Bratcher Underwood to give them a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter.

After forcing a punt from Akron, the Trojan offense got another touchdown to stretch the lead to 16-3.

Troy backup quarterback Kaleb Barker used his blazing speed to torch the Akron defense for a 48-yard touchdown.

Akron drove down the field in the second quarter, but a pass from Thomas Woodson was intercepted by Kris Weatherspoon in the end zone for a touchback.

At halftime, Troy held a 16-3 lead.

On the opening drive of the second half, Akron got down to the Troy 9-yard line, but the Trojan defense stepped up and forced a turnover.

Woodson dropped back to pass on second-and-goal, but the ball slipped out of his hand as he loaded up to pass. Troy’s Walter Pritchett dove on the ball at the Troy 27-yard line to give the Trojans possession.

The Zips’ defense then forced a turnover on downs, and then Woodson hit Kwad Smith for a 29-yard touchdown to cut the Troy lead down to 16-10.

Late in the fourth quarter on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line, Akron’s Warren Ball rushed in for the score to take a 17-16 lead.

After trading punts, the Trojans got the ball back with 3:14 left in the game at their own 3-yard line.

Brandon Silvers connected with Deondre Douglas three times on the drive, including the 23-yard strike into the corner of the end zone that put the Trojans up 22-17 with 1:03 left in the contest.

Akron still had a chance to retake the lead, but Weatherspoon stepped in front of another Woodson pass to end the Zips’ drive and give the Trojans their third-straight win.