South Alabama stayed with Troy through the first half and were only down 16–10 at half. Troy was able to pull away in the second half despite committing three turnovers throughout the game by holding South Alabama without a touchdown and forcing a pick six. Troy would go on to win 37–13, become the first team to hold the belt for two consecutive years, and the first team to win the belt at home.  Game 9 (2020) In the first game of the series to take place in South Alabama's new Hancock Whitney stadium, Troy shut out the Jaguars 29-0.
Retrieved October 16, 2019. ^ "South Alabama's 2018 football schedule includes Tuesday night battle with Troy". AL. February 28, 2018. "The Jaguars host Troy in the annual rivalry game on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The "Battle for the Belt" will be televised nationally by ESPN2. ^ "Intensity rising for 'Battle for the Belt' rivalry between South Alabama, Troy". September 30, 2015.
Troy lost their starting quarterback in the 2nd quarter and struggled to generate offense in the second half. South Alabama would attempt to make a comeback by holding Troy scoreless for the remainder of the game but would come up just short and lose 31-24 to give Troy their 4th consecutive victory in the series.  See also List of NCAA college football rivalry games References ^ "LOOK: Troy and South Alabama will play for a championship belt". CBSSports. com.
S. state of Alabama, University of South Alabama Jaguars and the Troy University Trojans.  Troy leads the all-time series at 7–3.  History The South Alabama Jaguars were co-founding members of the Sun Belt Conference in 1976. Troy joined the conference in 2004 as a football-only member. In 2005, the Trojans transitioned the rest of their sports to the Sun Belt, and South Alabama and Troy began facing each other in sports other than football, since at that time, South Alabama did not have a football team. On December 6, 2007, South Alabama's Board of Trustees approved the addition of football to the intercollegiate athletics program.
 Game results South Alabama victoriesTroy victoriesTie gamesNo. DateLocationWinnerScore1 September 29, 2012 Mobile Troy 31–102 October 5, 2013 Troy Troy 34–333 October 24, 2014 Mobile South Alabama 27–134 October 3, 2015 Troy South Alabama 24–185 October 20, 2016 Mobile Troy 28–216 October 11, 2017 Troy South Alabama 19–87 October 23, 2018 Mobile Troy 38–178 October 16, 2019 Troy Troy 37–139 December 5, 2020 Mobile Troy 29–010 November 6, 2021 Troy Troy 31–2411 October 20, 2022 Mobile Series: Troy leads 7–3 Game 1 (2012) The South Alabama – Troy football rivalry officially began on a rain-soaked Saturday, September 29, 2012, at historic Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, where Troy defeated the Jaguars 31–10.
As the annual game between the state's two Sun Belt programs builds into more of a rivalry, the student government associations of the two schools got together and created a trophy of sorts for the game -- a belt reminiscent of those won by boxers or wrestlers in prize fights. Its oversized buckle proclaims the bearer the "Battle for the Belt Champion. ^ "South Alabama and Troy Create Awesome New Trophy for "Battle for the Belt" Rivalry". Athlon Sports. The South Alabama-Troy rivalry is officially the “Battle for the Belt, ” and the winner of the annual meeting will take home a championship belt, similar to the ones in boxing or wrestling. ^ "South Alabama Game by Game against Opponents".
The team began play in 2009 with a planned full transition to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) by 2013.  In 2012, South Alabama's football team officially joined the school's other sports in the Sun Belt Conference and started to face the conference members in a full conference schedule. In 2015, the Student Government Associations of each school came together to officially dub the rivalry the "Battle for the Belt, " with a wrestling-style belt going to the winner of the rivalry annually.
This rivalry will be the only protected cross-divisional series in the conference. In 2022, Troy was moved to the West Division to accommodate the addition of new members Southern Miss, James Madison, Old Dominion and Marshall. With this move, South Alabama and Troy is now an intra-divisonal matchup.
Neither team was able to score any points in the second half until a South Alabama interception set up Troy's offense at the South Alabama 11 yard line. Troy would have a total of six plays of 30 yards or more and force 4 turnovers as they went on to win 38–17.  Game 8 (2019) The 8th game in the series took place once again in Troy with Troy trying to be the first team to retain the belt for more than one year.
Troy jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead and held South Alabama without a trip to the red zone. A blocked South Alabama punt for a safety were the only points scored in the second half as Troy cruised to an easy victory and retained the Belt for the third straight year.  This was also the last game coached by then South Alabama head coach Steve Campbell, as he was fired the next day.  Game 10 (2021) The series returned to Troy in a game that saw both teams play the majority of the game with their backup quarterbacks. South Alabama got an early 7-0 lead but lost their starting quarterback on the opening possession to injury. Troy would then score 31 unanswered points before South Alabama scored just before halftime to make it 31-14 at the break.
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