JAGS, TROJANS SET TO RENEW “BATTLE FOR THE BELT” IN TROY ON SATURDAY

GAME 9
South Alabama Jaguars | 5-3, 2-3 Sun Belt
at
Troy Trojans | 4-4, 2-2 Sun Belt


Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 | 2:30 pm (CDT)
Troy, Ala. | Veterans Memorial Stadium
30,000 capacity | Matrix Helix Real Fill


Media Information
Television

ESPN+
Will Kollmeyer (pxp)
Ben Stanfield (analysis)

Radio
USA Football Radio Network
(flagship 96.1 FM/Sports Talk 99.5 FM in Mobile)
J.D. Byars (pxp)
Pat Greenwood (analysis)
Tommy Hicks (sidelines)

On the web
• Live Twitter updates available at: @WeAreSouth_FB
• Live stats available at: http://statb.us/v/sala/353583
• Live audio available at: https://www.iheart.com/live/sports-talk-995-7117/

The Rankings
South Alabama
Associated Press — n/a
Coaches — n/a
Sagarin — 123rd
Troy
Associated Press — n/a
Coaches — n/a
Sagarin — 112th

Series History
Overall: Troy leads 6-3
In Mobile: Troy leads 4-1
In Jonesboro: Series tied 2-2
Neutral: n/a
Series Streak: Troy — 3 (2018-20)
First Meeting: Troy, 31-10, on Sept. 29, 2012, in Mobile
Last Meeting: Troy, 29-0, on Dec. 5, 2020, in Mobile

The Coaches
South Alabama
Kane Wommack (Southern Mississippi ’09)
Record at USA — 5-3 (1st season)
Career record — same
Record vs. Troy — 0-0

Troy
Chip Lindsey (Alabama ’97)
Record at Troy — 14-17 (3rd season)
Career Record — same
Record vs. USA — 2-0

Opening Kick
• The seventh annual “Battle For The Belt” is set for Saturday when the Jaguars visit the Trojans.
• USA enters November with five wins for the first time since the 2016 campaign, the last time the Jags participated in a postseason bowl game.
• It’s the first of three straight road games for South to begin the final month of the regular season.
• It’s the second straight year — and third time in the last four seasons — that the Jags will take on a stretch of three straight contests away from home.
• The Jaguars are looking for their first road victory in the series since winning at Troy, 19-8, on Oct. 11, 2017.

South Alabama-Troy Series Notes
• Troy’s current three-game series winning streak is the longest for either team since the inception of the series.
• South’s first-ever Sun Belt Conference game was against the Trojans in Mobile on Sept. 29, 2012.
• The “Battle For The Belt” began following an initiative spearheaded by both school’s Student Government Associations three years after the initial meeting between the two programs.
• The Jag offense has been limited to fewer than 20 points in each of the last four match-ups.
• USA set school game records that still stand today after recording 471 passing yards and 630 yards of total offense in its first visit to Veterans Memorial Stadium during the 2013 campaign.

Notes From The Last Troy Meeting
• It’s the only time since the program began play in the fall of 2009 that the Jags have been shut out at home.
• The Trojans recorded the most completions, pass attempts, total plays and highest third-down conversion percentage by a Jaguar opponent a year ago.
• USA was held to season-low totals in rushing and total yards as well.
• After catching his first pass of the day in the second quarter, WR Jalen Tolbert became the first player in school history to go over 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
• It was the first time in three years of action that ILB A.J. DeShazor Jr. posted a double-digit tackle total.

Notes On Wommack’s Coaching/Playing Career
• Kane Wommack, 34, became the third head coach in program history and youngest at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level when he was hired on Dec. 12 last year.
• He was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given  to the top NCAA FBS assistant coach in the nation, in 2020 after helping Indiana go 6-2 overall while finishing 12th in the final Associated Press poll.
• In addition to serving as the Hoosiers’ defensive coordinator — the youngest in the Power Five — the last two years, Wommack was also defensive coordinator for the Jags in 2016 and ’17 as well as at Eastern Illinois for one season prior to his first stint in Mobile.
• The Jaguars allowed over 10 points fewer per outing than the previous campaign his first year on the staff, the fifth-best improvement in the NCAA FBS that fall.
• After beginning his collegiate playing career at Arkansas in 2006, Wommack was a fullback and tight end at Southern Miss for three years — helping the Golden Eagles to a postseason bowl appearance each fall — before receiving his degree from the school in 2009.

Fast Breaks
The Jaguar offense scored 28 points in the opening 25 minutes in Saturday’s defeat of Arkansas State, capping each of its first four possessions with a touchdown.  It was the first time South has scored on its first four possessions since doing so in a 45-0 victory over Alabama A&M on Sept. 16, 2017, as the Jags are now 3-1 this fall when leading at the break and have won 10 of 13 contests when ahead at halftime the last three-plus seasons (that stretch includes a 6-2 mark in Sun Belt action).

Touchdown Time
Senior QB Jake Bentley connected on 29-of-39 pass attempts for 248 yards against the Red Wolves, completing his first 12 throws of the game while going 24-of-28 passing in the first half as USA built a 28-7 advantage.  In becoming the fourth quarterback in program history to throw for 2,000 yards in a campaign, Bentley tied a school game record for the second week in a row with four touchdown passes as he has already matched the program’s standard of 15 passing touchdowns in a year — established by Ross Metheny in 2013 and equaled by Brandon Bridge the following fall — entering the final month of the regular season; 11 of those have come in the last three contests.

Where There’s A Wilfawn, There’s A…
Quentin Wilfawn led a Jaguar defense that surrendered a season-low 224 total yards and just two field goals in the win over A-State with a career-high 11 stops including a pair of assists behind the line of scrimmage.  The junior linebacker was in on five tackles as the Red Wolves ran just 18 plays for 28 yards in the opening half, going on to become the first member of South’s defense to reach double digits in the category this year.  Wilfawn has been credited with at least five stops in each of the last three outings after posting no more than that total in any of the Jaguars’ first five games this fall.

Bringin’ Home The Loot
Already the SBC leader in passes defensed entering last weekend’s victory, CB Darrell Luter Jr. now tops the league in interceptions as well after picking off a pair of passes in the second half against the Red Wolves.  It was the second week in a row that the junior has recorded a tackle behind the line of scrimmage as well — making a stop for loss on third down to end A-State’s opening drive of the day — as he was the first Jaguar to have two interceptions in a game since Travis Reed posted a pair at Troy on Oct. 16, 2019; he was chosen College Sports Madness’ Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week for the performance.  Luter Jr. currently stands third nationally with 1.50 passes defended per game and is 13th in the country with 0.38 interceptions per contest, and he enters the “Battle For The Belt” having recorded multiple passes defensed on four occasions this fall including achieving the feat in two of the last three outings,

All About Avery
Junior Terrion Avery went over the 100-yard mark rushing for the first time in his career against the Red Wolves, carrying 22 times for 113 yards — including first two gains of 20-plus yards he hs posted since joining the program in 2019 — while also adding his first-ever touchdown reception in the second quarter.  After totaling 199 yards on the ground in USA’s first six outings of the year combined, Avery has recorded 200 rushing yards in South’s last two games.

Rockette Man
In the match-up with the Red Wolves, senior CB Devin Rockette nabbed his first interception of the season, broke up an additional pass, and fell one tackle shy of his season-high total after finishing with three including his first behind the line since the Jaguars’ game at Georgia Southern on Oct. 29 a year ago.  Not only was it the first time in his career that Rockette has defended multiple passes in a contest, he entered the top 10 on the school’s all-time pass break-up list as he now has 12 since joining the program in advance of the 2017 campaign.

For Whom The Bell Tolls
Tolbert needed less than 10 minutes of game time last weekend to haul in a pair of touchdown passes, making him the first Jag with multiple receiving touchdowns in back-to-back outings dating back to when he accomplished the feat in the 2019 finale and opener the following fall in wins over A-State and Southern Miss.  He enters the contest at Troy 23 receiving yards shy of posting 1,000 for the second year in a row after leading South in the category for the 12th straight outing with a game-high 94 on eight catches last time out.

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