LSU suffers humiliating loss to Troy, 24-21

Bryan Lazare, TigerBait.com Senior Writer
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Jordan Chunn ran for 191 yards and one touchdown as Troy held off LSU 24-21 at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.

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HOW THEY SCORED

First Quarter

Troy 7, LSU 0

Score: Brandon Silvers 1-yard run. Evan Legassey kick. Time Remaining: 13:13. Drive: 30 yards in 5 plays. Time of Possession: 1:40. Key Play: Kris Weatherspoon recovered a Nick Brossette fumble at LSU’s 30.

Second Quarter

Troy 10, LSU 0

Score: Legassey 37-yard field goal. Time Remaining: :00. Drive: 60 yards in 11 plays. Time of Possession: 2:32. Key Play: On fourth-and-nine, Silvers completed a 20-yard pass to John Johnson for a first down at LSU’s 20.

Third Quarter

Troy 17, LSU 0

Score: Chunn 1 -yard run. Legassey kick. Time Remaining: 13:06. Drive: 75 yards in 6 plays. Time of Possession: 1:54. Key Play: On second-and-ten, Chunn ran 74 yards for a first down at LSU’s 1.

Troy 17, LSU 7

Score: Foster Moreau 7-yard pass from Myles Brennan. Jack Gonsoulin kick. Time Remaining: 4:00. Drive: 4 yards in 2 plays. Time of Possession: :45. Key Play: Devin White recovered a Chunn fumble at Troy’s 4.

Fourth Quarter

Troy 24, LSU 7

Score: Josh Anderson 7-yard run. Legassey kick. Time Remaining: 8:14. Drive: 64 yards in 10 plays. Time of Possession: 6:30. Key Play: On third-and-two, Sidney Davis ran 11 yards for a first down at LSU’s 7.

Troy 24, LSU 14

Score: Russell Gage 34-yard pass from Danny Etling. Gonsoulin kick. Time Remaining: 7:41. Drive: 51 yards in 3 plays. Time of Possession: :27. Key Play: On first-and-ten, Etling completed a 17-yard pass to Gage for a first down at Troy’s 49.

Troy 24, LSU 21

Score: Moreau 20 pass from Etling. Gonsoulin kick. Time Remaining: 1:59. Drive: 92 yards in 13 plays. Time of Possession: 3:27. Key Play: On fourth-and-three, Etling completed a 4-yard pass to Stephen Sullivan for a first down at Troy’s 35.


TURNING POINT

LSU capitalized on a Chunn fumble to score its first touchdown to reduce its deficit to ten points at 17-7 late in the third quarter. After forcing a punt, the Tigers drove again into Trojans territory. On a third-down play at the Trojans’ 37, Brennan had his pass intercepted by Marcus Jones. Troy proceeded to go on a scoring drive which put it ahead 24-7. LSU scored two touchdowns in the last eight minutes, but it was too little too late.


LSU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

Etling rebounded from a hit to the stomach and a benching to nearly rally the Tigers to a victory. Etling, who passed for 61 yards before being replaced by Brennan, was 10-of-14 in the fourth quarter. Etling, who threw for 137 yards and two touchdowns during the final 15 minutes, had his last pass intercepted.


LSU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

Christian LaCouture was one of the few players who showed a sense of urgency on either side of the ball. LaCouture finished with a career-high 12 tackles. He also had 2½ tackles-for-loss, including two sacks. Both of those statistics were career-highs for the fifth-year senior.


KEY TEAM STATISTICS

Passing yards – LSU 266, Troy 157

Yards per completion – LSU 12.7, Troy 9.8

Total offense – LSU 428, Troy 363

Yards per play – LSU 7.0, Troy 5.2

Time of Possession – Troy 34:44, LSU 25:16

Third-down conversions – Troy 10-of-18, LSU 0-of-8

Turnovers – LSU 4, Troy 2

Sacks – LSU 3, Troy 0


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS

LSU

Darrel Williams: 17 carries, 69 yards

Danny Etling: 25 attempts, 17 completions, 198 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception

DJ Chark: 4 catches, 105 yards

Christian LaCouture: 12 tackles, 2½ tackles-for-loss, 2 sacks

Kevin Toliver: 2 pass breakups

Troy

Jordan Chunn: 30 carries, 191 yards, 1 touchdown

Brandon Silvers: 28 attempts, 16 completions, 157 yards

Deondre Douglas: 3 catches, 46 yards

Emanuel Thompson: 3 catches, 43 yards

Tevaris McCormick: 3 catches, 17 yards

Marcus Jones: 8 tackles

Cedarius Rookard: 8 tackles


NOTES

Offensive tackle Toby Weathersby, H-back John David Moore, running back Derrius Guice and defensive end Rashard Lawrence were the four LSU starters who did not play. Guice was in uniform. Backup nose tackle Ed Alexander did not play. . .Saahdiq Charles started at right tackle instead of Weathersby with Ed Ingram starting at right guard. David Ducre replaced Moore at H-back and Glen Logan took over for Lawrence at defensive end. . .Darrel Williams suffered an ankle injury in the second half. . .Brennan played four series at quarterback. The results of the possessions were punt, fumble, touchdown and interception. The touchdown came after LSU recovered a fumble at Troy’s 4. . .The Tigers had 21 completed passes – 12 to wide receivers, eight to tight ends/H-backs and one to a running back. . .Gonsoulin missed a 35-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter. . .White had 11 tackles, while Gilmore had nine. . .Moreau had the first two-touchdown game of his career. . .LSU had won 49 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents. . .The victory was the third for Troy against a current Southeastern Conference team. The Trojans had beaten Mississippi State and Missouri when it was a member of the Big 12 Conference. . .The loss was the first for LSU against a current member of the Sun Belt Conference. . .The loss was just the 11th in the last 50 years for the Tigers against a team not presently in a Power Five conference. The last such defeat came against UAB in 2000 (13-10). The setback was LSU’s first in a homecoming game since the loss to UAB 17 years ago. . .LSU is 3-2, while Troy is 4-1. . .The paid attendance was 99,879.


FROM THE LOCKER ROOM

Coach Ed Orgeron’s comments: “Obviously, that was a disappointing performance. The bottom line is that we were outplayed and outcoached. I have to keep this team together. We have to fight hard. We have to figure out why we are doing the things we are doing. They were 10-of-18 on third downs and we gave up 206 yards rushing. We seemed to be out-physicaled by Troy. Danny got roughed up, but he could have gone back in. We gave Myles a chance and he gave us a boost. He made some good plays, but then there was the interception. On the first play of the game, we gave the ball to our third running back. That is not the way to start the game. If I had the call back, Darrel (Williams) would have gotten the ball. I am not point fingers. I make all the calls. Everything goes through me. We’re not playing as a team.”


UP NEXT

LSU will play Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Saturday. Kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. Central. The Gators (3-1, 3-0) defeated Vanderbilt 38-24 in Gainesville on Saturday afternoon. The game will be available on CBS.

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