QUICK GLIMPSE: Troy University

The Vandals hit the road to take on Troy University in Alabama this Saturday. As 20+ point underdogs to the Trojans, the Vandals will have their work cut out for them against senior DE #94 <b>Demarcus Ware</b> (6-4, 247) and one of the best defensive units in the Conference.<br>

UNIVERSITY of IDAHO Official Football Release

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LINK: Trojans push LSU to the limit

LINK: McDowell dazzles in debut

The Vandals will definitely have their hands full this weekend as they head to Troy, Alabama to take on Troy University. Although the Trojans (3-4, 1-2 Sun Belt) have a losing record, they've played an impressive schedule. They opened the season with a road victory over Marshall (16-15), then came home and beat Missouri at home (24-14). They then lost by 4 to NMSU in Las Cruces (22-18), then lost at South Carolina (17-7).

The Trojans then pounded Utah State 49-21, lost to Arkansas State 13-9, and then lost last weekend to LSU 24-20.

This is a rugged TU team which hasn't given up more than 24 points in a single game yet this year. Within the Sun Belt, they have the top rated scoring defense, the #1 rush defense (94 YPG), and yield the fewest 1st downs. They are number one in sacks at 24 (North Texas is #2 with 16, Idaho is #3 with 15). Demarcus Ware leads the SBC in tackles for loss (14) and sacks (9), while Freeman White is #2 in the conference in passes defended (8 breakups, 2 picks).

Last week, the Troy defense held LSU to just 57 yards rushing on 36 carries. The Tigers were averaging 171.8 yards per game on the ground and this was their lowest rushing output of the season.

One more thing to note. Interestingly, they have the "worst" red zone defense percentage in the league, giving up scores in the redzone 95% of the time. However, if you look closely at the numbers, opposing offenses have ONLY ventured into the Troy red zone 19 times all year. Of those times, they've yielded just 10 touchdowns all year. Bad red zone defense? HARDLY!

Offensively, their numbers aren't as impressive, but you have to take into account the teams they've played, and the fact their D is so good that they've been in virtually every single game they've played this year. They haven't been able to put up "garbage points" in games that are a foregone conclusion. Statistically, they have the lowest rated total offense (266 YPG), gain a little over 140 of those yards on the ground, and are middle of the pack in scoring while averaging about 20 PPG. In general, they prefer to run the ball and are pretty good at it with a big offensive line, nice sized backs with good speed, and a QB that can run and pass. Their top runningback, Dewitt Betterson, is averaging 91 YPG, good enough for #3 in the SBC.

For the second week in a row, Troy will be starting true freshman quarterback D.T. McDowell, a 5-10, 185 pound athlete out of Georgia. Last week at LSU, McDowell completed 7-of-14 passes for 60 yards and 1 TD. He is the first true freshman to start at QB for Troy since 1998.

On special teams, their kick off return team has the #1 average in the conference, picking up 25 yards per kick. Their field goal kicker, Greg Whibbs, has hit 86% of his kicks this year, hitting 6 of 7 attempts so far.

Below are a few images of the team Idaho will face this weekend.

Derrick Ansley leaps high to pick off a pass, with Freeman White in coverage against South Carolina.

SLB #42 Robby Farmer (6-1, 223, Sr) and MLB #30 Leverne Johnson (6-0, 235, Jr) bring down a NMSU Aggie.

Weakside linebacker Bernard Davis (6-0, 221, Jr) sacks Marshall's quarterback.

Troy runningback #9 DeWhitt Betterson (6-0, 218, Sr) fights for yards against Marshall.

Troy wide receiver #5 Jason Samples (6-1, 197) has a pass batted away by a NMSU defensive back.

Troy backup quarterback #7 Aaron Leak (6-2, 223, Sr) on the run.

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