LSU paid Troy almost $1 million to come and beat them


After two previous failed attempts, the Troy Trojans finally got their upset victory in Death Valley over LSU.

They seat 102,321 at LSU's Tiger Stadium, and they've alleged for three decades that the booming crowd rattled the the local seismograph in the geoscience complex one night against Auburn in 1988, but through a fourth quarter Saturday night so bleak and stunning, those mighty stands looked nearly sullen in their vacancy. With senior Danny Etling back in at quarterback, the Tigers score on a 3-play, 51-yard drive in just 27 seconds. LSU played for a third time in its first five games without a guy Orgeron refers to as his team's most consistent defender: DE Rashard Lawrence, battling an ankle injury. He had gained five yards, but safety Cedarius Rookard rocked him with a hit, and he fumbled.

Silvers scored on a 1-yard run on the next play for a 7-0 lead with 13:13 to play in the opening period after Evan Legassey's extra point. Silvers was key in the turnover department in which he had none.

They seat 102,455 at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium, but through a fourth quarter so bleak and barren on Saturday it seemed tumbleweed might blow across, the place looked four-fifths empty. Both teams from that point on traded punts and a missed field goal by each team until just before halftime. Freshman quarterback Myles Brennan, who played in the second half before Elting's return, was 4-for-7 with a touchdown and an interception. It didn't come without controversy however.

For the second week in a row, he came out of the game after throwing an interception. "We've got to keep taking steps forward". Darrel Williams led LSU in rushing in the first quarter with 39 yards on eight carries.

DJ Chark was LSU's leading receiver with 105 yards on four catches, while Russell Gage had three catches including a 34-yard touchdown.

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LOUISVILLE - Quarterback Lamar Jackson passed for 237 yards and three touchdowns, also running for 100 yards, in one half as Louisville crushed in-state FCS foe Murray State.

Alex Hornibrook passed for 197 yards and a touchdown, settling down after two interceptions in the first half. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 61 yards, with only two completions to wideouts. The Tigers got the ball back with just 18 seconds left and did not mount a serious drive. Brandon Silvers hit John Johnson for a 20-yard pass to the 20-yard line. Troy coughed it up on the next possession after looking poised and ready to put the game away. Outside linebacker Corey Thompson suffered a stinger to his right shoulder/neck area against the Trojans, the LSU radio broadcast team reported. Georgia got the ball with 2:53 left, leading 41-0, with any lingering Vols fans surely either numb, napping, kin to the players, imbued with Herculean devotion or imbued with something else.

Nick Chubb added 109 yards rushing to help Georgia race to its first 5-0 start since 2012, the a year ago the Bulldogs reached the SEC championship game. The next play however didn't go the Tigers' way.

Blace Brown intercepted it at the Troy 42 to seal it.

The Trojans (4-1) moved to 2-20 all-time against ranked teams. The Trojans, a Division II power in the 1980s with national championships in 1984 and 1987, defeated No. 17 Missouri at Troy, 24-14, in their first year in the Sun Belt.