The No. 25 LSU Tigers thought this would be a sweet victory for homecoming. But instead, it turned into a sour loss, as they fell to the Troy Trojans at home 24-21. The Trojans ended the Tigers’ nonconference home winning streak, which had stood strong since 2002.
The Tigers offense started off horribly. The first play of the game ended in a fumble by Nick Brossette, which was recovered by Troy’s Kris Weatherspoon. The offense attempted to get in a rhythm many times, but couldn’t quite get in sync until the second half. That was a little too late.
LSU quarterback Danny Etling went down after big hit in the second quarter. He was replaced by freshman Myles Brennan, who went 4-7 with 68 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Etling came back in the fourth quarter and attempted to get his team back on track and possibly win the game. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 198 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception.
With a comeback on the line and two minutes left on the clock, Danny Etling completed a touchdown pass to Foster Moreau, who had a great game and was a big target for quarterbacks. That TD made the score 24-21. After the Tiger defense held off Troy’s offense, Etling and Co. had 11 seconds to at least tie the game with a field goal. The last play of the game wound up being an interception to end th egame.
Troy running back Jordan Chunn gave the LSU defense more trouble than they probably expected. Chunn had 30 carries, 191 rushing yards and one touchdown. The defense allowed over 350 yards, with 200 coming on the ground. The defense’s youth showed throughout the game, no more evident in their attempts to stop the run.
The Tigers displayed how much work is needed before Auburn faces them. With the way things are looking right now, a victory may not be in sight next week as well.