ROBINSON — For much of the night, the Troy Trojans were their own worst enemy. Two missed extra points and 120 yards in penalties had them playing catch up against the Robinson Rockets.
But not only did Troy catch up, the Trojans won, coming up big in overtime to down the Rockets 35-28 at Rocket Field on Friday night.
“It goes from an intense situation not looking in our favor to we win the game,” Troy coach Ronnie Porter said. “That’s an amazing feeling.”
With the game tied at 28, the Trojans (2-1) got the ball first in overtime and — like they had done most of the night — handed the ball to Zach Hrbacek. The sophomore running back, who finished with 199 yards on 33 carries, picked up 8 on the first play. Then back-to-back handoffs to Sam Jones got the Trojans a first down before Hrbacek ran in it from 8 yards out. Beau Workman, who had yet to convert an extra point in the game, made the kick without a doubt, putting Troy up.
Robinson got into early trouble on its possession but completed an open 10-yard pass on fourth down to keep the drive alive at the Troy 12-yard line. After the Rockets got another first down at the 2, they were pushed back by a false start penalty.
On first-and-goal from the 8, the Rockets went into a jumbo package and Malike Ford took the direct snap to the right. He met the Trojans defense near the 1 and lost the ball. Troy’s Caleb Owens jumped on the loose ball, sending the Trojans into a celebration.
“We are still doing young things and having a lot of stupidity,” Porter said. “But the thing is we are making plays when we need to, and that’s what’s exciting.”
Both teams had a chance to break the tie late in the fourth quarter, with the Trojans facing fourth-and-goal at the 10. Having missed two extra points, Porter opted to go for the touchdown instead of the field goal, but two Troy receivers got tangled with each other on a crossing pattern and the ball fell incomplete, giving the Rockets (1-2) possession with 2:10 to play.
Robinson used a 12-play drive to march from its 11 to the Troy 27. Facing a fourth down, the Rockets tried to bring out their field goal unit but were flagged for delay of game and brought the offense back on the field with 4 seconds remaining. But their trick play — a pass from a wide receiver — fell incomplete, sending the game to the extra frame.
Both teams scored on their opening drives of the game, but the Rockets led 7-6 after a bad snap on the extra-point attempt ended up hurting the Trojans.
After a series of punts, the teams traded scores and Troy again missed the extra point, leaving the Rockets up 14-12 at the half.
The Trojans made up the lost points by converting 2-point conversions on both of their second-half touchdowns, the last one a one-handed catch by Jones in double coverage that tied the game.
“Between Hrbacek and Jones, those guys did a great job making plays,” Porter said. “Hopefully we can quit putting ourselves in a bind. But being able to get out of binds like we did is amazing, and it’s what wins big games for you.”
TROY 35, ROBINSON 28
Troy 6 6 8 8 7— 35
Robinson 14 0 14 0 0— 28
Troy — Zach Hrbacek 20 run (kick failed)
Rob — Brady Kay 4 run ( Robert Roque kick)
Rob — Kay 15 run (Roque run)
Troy — Hrbacek 8 tun (kick failed)
Rob — Jordan Rogers 7 run (Roque kick)
Troy — Sam Jones 22 pass from Riley Cosper (Roque kick)
Rob — Rogers 11 run (Roque kick)
Troy — Jones 13 run (Jones pass from Cosper)
Troy — Hrbacek 8 run (Beau Workman kick)
First downs 18 21
Rushes-yards 44-249 42-277
Passing yards 136 91
Comp.-Att.-Int. 9-16-0 7-17-1
Punts-average 3-23.3 3-38.0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 4-1
Penalties-yards 12-110 16-147
RUSHING — Troy: Hrbacek 33- 199, Jones 6-56, Cosper 5-(-6); Robinson: Kay 22-140, Rogers 20-78, Malik Ford 9-65, Ethan Linder 1-4.
PASSING — Troy: Cosper 9-16-0-136; Robinson: Rogers 7-13-0-91, Joseph McHenry 0-2-1-0, Isaih Montgomery 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — Troy: Jones 4- 45, Workman 2-33, Tyler Jarolik 1-40, Hrbacek 1-5; Robinson: Mathew Arnes 1-11, Montgomery 3-8, Braden Prichett 2-5, Linder 1-7.