LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Brandon Silvers completed 23 of 37 attempts for 288 yards and five first-half touchdowns as Troy steamrolled New Mexico State 52-7 in a battle of Sun Belt teams in search of a first conference victory Saturday night.
Silvers is the first Troy quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in a game since Kelvin Simmons accomplished the feat in 1993 against Alcorn State.
Silvers threw 4 yards to K.D. Edenfield on the game's first possession, and then found Teddy Ruben from 37 yards out to make it 21-0 after one. In the second he hit Jarvis Bentley from 13 yards out and followed that with a 14-yard strike to Bryan Holmes. His fifth TD was a 54-yard pass to Ruben.
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