September 13, 2012

Blakeney talking Mississippi State



Saturday will be a historic day for Troy.

When Mississippi State takes the field at 6 p.m. it will mark the first time a Southeastern Conference opponent has visited Veterans Memorial Stadium. Head coach Larry Blakeney has had his share of historic moments roaming the sidelines for the Trojans the past 22 years.

One of the biggest highlights during his tenure was Troy's 21-9 win over the Bulldogs in Starkville back in 2001, the Trojans first year of FBS competition.

"It's hard to forget about that game because there are pictures hanging all over the halls," Blakeney said. "It was a great day. I think they are a much better SEC program than they were then. We're a different team trying to find ourselves, but the impact of that win has resonated with our people through the years. It was great day for Troy. It will be harder now because I think both programs are different, but I'm looking forward to it."

Blakeney and Troy nearly made it back-to-back wins over MSU the following year. However, the Trojans tossed up six interceptions during that 2002 contest and lost 11-8.

This game will also likely have special meaning to the Mississippi natives on Troy's roster, which consists of 15 players from the Magnolia State high school and junior college ranks.



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