(Saturday, December 18th)
Final Score: Troy 48, Ohio 21
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Corey Robinson passed for 387 yards and four touchdowns, as Troy built a big lead before recording a 48-21 victory over Ohio in the New Orleans Bowl.
Robinson completed 32-of-42 passes and threw three of his touchdowns in the second quarter to help the Trojans (8-5) carry a 38-7 lead into halftime. Troy then held on in the second half and earned the program's second bowl victory -- the first since the 2006 New Orleans Bowl.
DuJuan Harris ran for 105 yards and a touchdown, while Jerrel Jernigan rushed for a score in the rout. Troy nearly doubled Ohio's total yardage, outgaining the Bobcats by a 602-308 margin.
"We prepared well," Troy head coach Larry Blakene said. "I think our kids, after coming back off some really tough losses in the last half of the season, and then getting two wins and the help to get a co-championship, really helped us prepare well. I wanted to make sure it wasn't just the excitement of being in a bowl."
Boo Jackson passed for 209 yards and three touchdowns for Ohio (8-5), which fell to 0-5 all-time in bowl games.
Jernigan ran for a 12-yard score just over five minutes into the game, capping a 78-yard drive and getting Troy on the board. Ohio countered with a score, as Jackson found Steven Goulet on a 34-yard strike.
However, the Trojans scored the next 34 points to take control.
Robinson's 31-yard TD pass to Tebiarus Gill with 1:57 left in the first quarter put Troy back on top for good. Robinson hooked up with Jernigan for a 16-yard score a little more than two minutes into the second quarter, and Michael Taylor's 50-yard field goal made it a 24-7 game with 8:33 left.
Robinson connected with Gill for touchdowns of 17 and 26 yards in the final three minutes to turn the game into a blowout at the break.
Taylor's 33-yard kick three minutes into the third quarter completed Troy's run and left Ohio unable to come back without a minor miracle.
Jackson followed Taylor's field goal with a five-yard touchdown pass to Donte Foster, but Harris answered with a two-yard running score only two minutes later.
Jackson's 18-yard TD to Riley Dunlop with 5:07 left in the game completed the scoring.
"It's clear that we had trouble controlling them from the very start in terms of what they were all about," Ohio head coach Frank Solich said. "They pretty much threw at will, they made plays after the catch and that opened up the ground game for them. That's not what you look for in terms of keeping people from putting points on the board."
Jernigan finished with a game-high seven catches for 48 yards...Dunlop ended with four receptions for 91 yards...Ohio gained 99 rushing yards...Jackson completed 14-of-21 passes, was intercepted once, and was sacked four times...Troy earned a 41-17 victory over Rice in the 2006 New Orleans Bowl. The Trojans had lost to Central Michigan in the GMAC Bowl last season...Ohio lost to Marshall in last season's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
12/19 03:32:22 ET