What an absolutely painful loss. The Trojans had a chance to tie the game with just over a minute left, likely sending the game to overtime...and they missed the extra point. It was a brutal ending to an otherwise great game.
To be fair, the Trojans probably didn't deserve to win this game. They had several more scoring opportunities than what they converted, and they repeatedly shot themselves in the foot with penalties, sacks, you name it. On defense, they just didn't have an answer for Butler tailback Logan Zechar, who rushed for over 300 yards. Troy had been tough against the run all year, but Butler's big offensive line cleared holes for their running game, and Zechar broke many, many arm tackles on the night.
Troy didn't go down without a fight, though. Each time Butler scored, they answered, even when it looked bleak. When the Aviators went up 21-14 about halfway through the fourth quarter, Corey Brown took the kickoff to the house for the Trojans. When Butler went up 28-21 with two minutes left, Troy quarterback Patrick Holland connected on a 53-yard TD pass to Josh Clark. That should have been the tying score, but it wasn't.
So the Trojans fall to 3-3 on the season, when they should probably be 5-1, and now the meat-grinder portion of the schedule gets cranked up. They'll take their shots this week at the Northmont Thunderbolts, the last of three consecutive games at home.
Also, the night wasn't a total loss--I won a $20 gift card to a local restaurant in the 50/50 drawing at halftime. I would have preferred the cash prize, of course, but on a night like this, I'll take what I can get.