The Tigers, on the other hand, are left with more questions than answers.
The Trojans shocked their SEC opponent with a 24-21 win in front of a disappointed crowd at Tiger Stadium Saturday. We had one quality win at Mississippi State, but we've been knocking on the door for a long time. "We got beat on fundamentals tonight - blocking and tackling". This is huge for our university, huge for our community, huge for our program, huge for our kids. 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.
The loss joins the ranks of the infamous loss by LSU to Alabama-Birmingham, 13-10, on September 23, 2000, in the first season of former coach Nick Saban, but the Tigers were not ranked for that game and had gone through eight losing seasons over the previous 11 years before that season. Tiger Stadium is emptying out.
"We've kicked on that door so many times", said an emotional Troy coach Neal Brown, who was the Trojans" offensive coordinator in 2008 when they played too much up-tempo because of the lack of a running game, blew a 21-point second-half lead to LSU and ended up losing 40-31. "This was about us". Deon Butler, who played at Penn State from 2005-08, held the previous mark (179).
Troy raced to leads of 17-0 and 24-7 before Danny Etling's fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 34 yards to Russell Gage and 20 yards to Foster Moreau got LSU as close as a field goal with 1:59 left. 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. The score was set up when linebacker Devin White recovered a fumble at the Trojans' 4. For what it's worth, Etling has thrown four of his five touchdown passes on the year in his last two games. Sep. The Tigers showed marked improvement last week with a three-penalty game, but if they revert to their form from earlier this season one of the officials might tear a rotator cuff.
Clemson 31, Virginia Tech 17: Kelly Bryant ran around and away from Virginia Tech to lead No. 2 Clemson to its third victory in three games against teams in the Top 25.
Running back Darrel Williams injured his ankle in the second half of Saturday's loss, but Orgeron "thinks he's going to be alright", the coach said. The Trojans also lost in 2004 on a late touchdown. He zig-zagged all the way back to the 4.
Barkley returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and finished with 221 yards. McSorley added a rushing touchdown, and Nick Scott scored on a fumble return. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 61 yards, with only two completions to wideouts. Browning has accounted for 12 touchdowns, 10 passing, in three career games against Oregon State.
Wisconsin 33, Northwestern 24: Jonathan Taylor ran for two touchdowns to help the offense overcome a sluggish start and No. 10 Wisconsin's defense swarmed Northwestern before holding on for the win.
Stopping the run: Coming into the game, Troy had allowed an average of just 27 rushing yards in the first half of its games. They are 2-0 in conference play. "We'll find out who the leaders are, find out who the competitors are, and the only way I know how to do it is you go back to work". With 7 seconds remaining in the half, Brandon Silvers connected with Josh Johnson on a 20-yard pass to the LSU 20. Garrett Dooley had three of Wisconsin's eight sacks.