by CFP Staff
December 19, 2010
Troy scored the first outright upset of the bowl season in the New Orleans Bowl. Ohio opened as a 2-1/2-point favorite over the Trojans, but got lambasted 48-21 as it fell to 0-5 all-time in bowl games. The computer (Congrove Computer Rankings) picked Ohio by only 1.30 points.
Troy received the Sun Belt bid, even though it was co-champs with FIU and lost the heads-up meeting with the Golden Panthers. And the Trojans only backed into their share of the conference title when FIU fell 28-27 to Middle Tennessee on the final weekend of play. The Golden Panthers wound up in Detroit where it will play Toledo in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl in their first-ever bowl game.
That final weekend also saw Troy head coach Larry Blakeney secure his 160th win as the Trojans defeated FAU 44-7.
The victory over Ohio gave Troy just its second bowl win in history (2-3) and its second in this game (2-1). The Trojans defeated Rice 41-17 in the 2006 New Orleans Bowl. Their only loss here came against Southern Miss in 2008 when they fell 30-27 in overtime.
2010 marked the MAC’s first appearance in this bowl game and Troy made certain that it didn't treat them well as this game was over by halftime.
The Trojans scored on all six first-half possessions, and their first eight possessions overall. A 38-7 halftime lead was stretched to 48-14 before they ever had to punt.
Troy had 602 yards of total offense for the ball game, nearly 300 more than the Bobcats' total of 308.
In his 7th year with Ohio, former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich guided the Bobcats to an 8-4 overall record and a 2nd-place finish in the MAC East. It was Ohio's third bowl appearance since the 2006 season after going bowl-less from 1969 through 2005. The Bobcats are one of just nine teams to have played in, but never won, a bowl game. Six of those nine teams are MAC schools.