The Trojans fell against Liberty 21-13 on Saturday and gave them their first loss of the season.
The Trojans are looking to recover in their first away game of the season against Southern Miss.
Head coach Chip Lindsey held his weekly press conference Tuesday morning, reviewing Saturday’s game while looking at Troy’s game against Southern Miss.
Defense puts together another strong performance: The Troy Defense knew they had a daunting task ahead of them when Malik Willis and the Liberty Flames Offensive arrived in Troy. The Trojan Defense kept the Flames off the scoreboard for much of the second and all of the third quarter. The flames ended at 339 yards total, 154 through the air and 185 on the ground.
“I really thought our defense played well for the most part,” said Lindsey. “Some things early, but we’ve adjusted well. Malik Willis, we probably checked him as best we could. He made some major alterations with his legs in third and fourth place. We knew he would make a few moves, but I really liked the way we adjusted and gave each other a chance. “
Troy Run game seems to be recovering: The Trojans’ ground attack ended at 21 yards on Saturday. After a rush for 81 yards in Troy’s opener, Kimani Vidal finished with 38 yards on 11 carries against Liberty. Senior BJ Smith stormed for 17 yards and had a touchdown. Trojan sacks made up -33 yards on Saturday.
“The other side had a lot to do with it,” said head coach Chip Lindsey. “We lost a few one-on-one fights and we didn’t keep our blocks all the time, which is necessary when you play against good teams. We miss identified a few things in the running game. We have to do a lot better in advance to get all five guys on the same page with every snapshot. “
Lindsey said the Trojans finished six explosive games during Saturday’s loss, all of which came in the passing game.
Outlook on Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles took their first win of the season last weekend when they beat Grambling 37-0. They fell 31-7 to South Alabama in the first week.
This will be the 11th meeting between the Trojans and the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss leads the series 8-2. USM defeated Trojans 47-42 in 2019.
“Remembered program and a really good football team,” said Lindsey. “It’s always a big challenge for us when you take to the streets. This is a fun game as they are two quality programs that have been played in the past. Good games and a good rivalry. Another challenge outside of the conference for us that we can use when we jump into the conference game to see where we stand and to prepare for a good conference plan. “
Go out on the street: The Trojans will play on the streets for the first time this season on Saturday. It will be the first of three street games for the Trojans. For the first time since the 2019 season, the Trojans have to play in front of a large audience on the street again.
“You always have a good audience and it will be loud,” said Lindsey. “It’s been two years since we played on the street in front of a large audience. We have to adjust to this from a noise point of view, especially with the third down. I know this place can get noisy, definitely a challenge for us to deal with the noise. We’ll make a good plan together later in the week.
“Playing at home always gives you the extra adrenaline,” said Lindsey. “Every time you go out on the street, you have to deal with the atmosphere. I’ve played on the street in a lot of places that were really loud and tough. When you take to the streets you must have the mindset of us versus the world. You don’t have that many fans there. We have to cross our arms and support each other. “
To feed on the energy of the crowd: The Trojan Defense has had the opportunity to feed on the energy of the domestic audience for the past two weeks. This week they won’t have that opportunity. Will Choloh takes every opportunity to play at home but also loves the opportunity to take to the streets.
“I love the crowd, especially at the vet,” said Choloh. “The Troy fans, the Troy student division, there’s nothing like it. It’s electric every time you go out there. Other than that, it’s another animal on the street. I personally love to be on the go. There’s nothing like silencing the home team’s audience. We hope to be able to do that this weekend. “
The game time is set at 6:00 p.m. and can be viewed on ESPN +.