MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Gunnar Watson threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns and Troy opened its season with a 47-14 victory over Middle Tennessee State on Saturday.
Watson threw both of his touchdown passes to Khalil McClain in the first half, including a 5-yarder with three seconds left before the break to lead 26-7.
Three Trojans running backs scored on short runs with Troy rushing for 240 yards. Troy outgained MTSU 496-241.
MTSU (0-2) limited fan capacity to 7,000 in their 30,788-seat stadium with face coverings required.
Troy will host MTSU in a second regular-season meeting on Nov. 21. A second game was slated after Troy's four originally scheduled nonleague games were canceled. It's the third time since 1999 that two Division I teams will play in the same regular season.
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