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Wesley Kirchharr

Staff Writer

The Troy football team cruised to a victory behind 40 unanswered points to leave Middle Tennessee State with a 47-14 loss Saturday at Floyd Stadium.

The Trojans returned to Troy with the Palladium trophy, the hardware given to the team that wins the old Sun Belt rivalry coined the Battle for the Palladium.

“It’s extremely exciting (to start this season off with a win),” said Head Coach Chip Lindsey. “At one point, we weren’t sure if we would play.

“I told our guys that before we played today ‘let’s appreciate this opportunity to play.