TROY, Ala. (WDHN) — The Troy Trojans will be going to the Duluth Trading Cure Bowl at Exploria Stadium in Orlando to play against Texas-San Antonio.
According to a release on the Troy University Athletics website, the Cure Bowl is Troy’s ninth bowl game and will be the first since the 2018 Dollar General Bowl. The 2010 New Orleans Bowl was the Trojan’s first bowl game win.
“We’ve heard amazing things about the Cure Bowl and the bowl experience they provide for our student-athletes. We’re going to Orlando with the intention of winning a football game, but we’re also going to make sure that our players have a great time and are rewarded for a championship season,” said Trojan Head Coach and Sun Belt Coach of the Year Jon Sumrall.
The announcement comes only a day after the Trojans earned the program’s first Sun Belt Conference Championship Game win Saturday knocking off Coastal Carolina 46-26.
The win against Coastal Carolina caps off an impressive 7-0 record at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium this season.
Troy won the Sun Belt East division and also had the best conference record outright. The top seed hosts the Championship game.
Head Coach Sumrall now has turned this team into an 11-2 conference championship all in his first year at the helm.
“That was as good a feeling that I have had after a game. Really, I am just so proud of these kids. That is the best part, they have worked…I am gonna get emotional…but they have worked so hard.,” said Coach Sumrall.
Troy erupted out to a 31-0 lead in the first half; behind the arm of Gunnar Watson and a stingy defense.
Watson finished with over 300 passing yards and three touchdowns, marking the most touchdowns he has thrown since week 2.
“That first pass to Deyunkrea really set the tone. he caught the ball and made people miss. Then that back shoulder to Tez that just kept us going and it just kept on flowing,” said Junior Quarterback Gunnar Watson.
The defense was stout to start as well. The Trojans forced six straight turnovers or punts to start the game.
Carlton Martial finished the day with nine total tackles, Saturday marked his final game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
” You know it feels great, I don’t think it has really hit me yet that this is gonna be one of my last times sharing the field with these guys. I am just trying to soak it all in, when I lay my head on my pillow I think I will be satisfied,” said Senior Linebacker Carlton Martial.
After the Sun Belt Championship game the Trojans now sit at 11-2 and await the bowl game later on this winter.