"I've got to keep this team together". Tailback Jordan Chunn rushed for 191 yards on 30 carries, including a 74-yard burst up the gut to the LSU 1 on the first series of the second half that culminated in a dive play for a touchdown and a 17-0 lead. Dave Aranda and Matt Canada get paid lots of money due to their reputations as being the best young coordinators in the country.
NO. 13 AUBURN 49, NO. 24 MISSISSIPPI STATE 10: Jarrett Stidham passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns, and Kerryon Johnson ran for three scores for Auburn as it defeated visiting Mississippi State in an SEC game.
Troy's 10-0 lead was the first time LSU had been shut out at the half since November 5 of past year.
Nick Chubb added 109 yards rushing to help Georgia race to its first 5-0 start since 2012, the previous year the Bulldogs reached the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Brennan steered LSU's only scoring drive in the third and whizzed an interception early in the fourth quarter before Etling returned with eight minutes remaining in the fourth as LSU trailed 24-7. Forced to punt, LSU was out of timeouts, but with the ball and 0:18 seconds to play. That set up Troy's last-play field goal that sent the Trojans into the locker room with a 10-0 lead.
Etling replaced Brennan on LSU's next possession and immediately put the Tigers in the end zone. The ensuing onside kick is recovered by the Trojans at their own 45-yard line.
Silvers finished 16-for-28 passing for 157 yards, while Etling was 17-for-25 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
NOTES: Sitting in a motorized chair, House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, who was gunned down while practicing for a Congressional charity baseball game in July, greeted LSU coach Ed Orgeron on the sideline before kickoff.
Not even the hiring of coveted offensive coordinator Matt Canada from Pittsburgh, or the retention of coveted defensive coordinator Dave Aranda after a salary bump, appeased critics who felt LSU could have done better in its coaching search.
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Troy 17, LSU 7 (4:00): Brennan connects with Foster Moreau for a 7-yard touchdown pass to finally put the Tigers on the board.
Troy got out to a 10-0 lead at halftime then held on to a last-ditch comeback by LSU en route to a shocking 24-21 win over the Tigers on the road in Baton Rouge. He had gained five yards, but safety Cedarius Rookard rocked him with a hit, and he fumbled.
Not having former Heisman Trophy hopeful (that ship has sailed) Derrius Guice on the field is having a hugely negative impact on LSU, and not just in terms of production or game-planning.
In fact, both teams had to be called out of the locker room for an extra play - the field goal - after time had apparently ended in the first half.
"He's an National Football League running back", Brown said. "Darrel Williams should've got it".
Somehow, a big, cacophonous sport where Washington State beats No. 5 Southern California on Friday night, and Pullman goes wild and all of that, has come up with two mastodon programs: Clemson and Alabama, Alabama and Clemson.
Troy 24, LSU 14 (Q4, 5:26): LSU linebacker Michael Divinity recovers a Troy fumble at the Tigers' 8-yard line.
The fumble lost by the Tigers was their first in 315 rushing attempts, dating back to the second quarter of last season's game versus Florida on November 19.
"That field goal was huge", Brown said.