Troy HC Neal Brown discusses Trojans' monstrous upset 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.

That came quickly. Then again, so has the crumbling of the LSU football program, which had already been blown out by Mississippi State and sits at 3-2, with wins over BYU, Chattanooga and Syracuse, with a game at Florida waiting this week.

Troy (4-1) raced to leads of 17-0 and 24-7 before Danny Etling's fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Russell Gage and Foster Moreau got LSU as close as a field goal with 1:59 left. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS.

It is to be expected, after a humiliating defeat at home to Troy on Saturday night, that whatever foobaw dreams LSU had for the Ed Orgeron era have been ... reduced. LSU has allowed 64 points in second halves of the last four games - 16 points a half. That touchdown came on 4th-and-goal on the same drive as his 74-yard run. Senior starter Danny Etling left the field after taking a hit to the chest late in the first half. Tailback Jordan Chunn gained 191 yards on 30 carries.

Defensively, end Christian LaCouture led LSU with a career-best 12 tackles including two sacks and a pass breakup. Barkley, who entered the game leading the FBS in all-purpose yards per game (253.3), finished with 205. Silvers was key in the turnover department in which he had none.

That's a streak of 49 consecutive home games over non-SEC opponents.

Troy's 10-0 lead was the first time LSU had been shut out at the half since November 5 of a year ago.

Troy led 31-3 in the second half of a 2008 game at LSU and lost 40-31.

Maybe it was when LSU running back Nick Brossette fumbled on the Tigers' first offensive play of the game.

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LSU: The Tigers will fall out of the AP Top 25 Poll this week and there's no telling how rough this season could get with seven more SEC games on the schedule.

Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers basked in the scene of teammates cupping their hands around their ears to better hear the triumphant howls of several hundred traveling fans in a mostly empty, 102,000-seat Tiger Stadium. The ensuing onside kick is recovered by the Trojans at their own 45-yard line.

Troy (4-1) became the first team from outside the Southeastern Conference to win at Death Valley since UAB in 2000.

Troy 17, LSU 7 (END Q3): The Tigers are driving.

With a chance to win, Etling chunked LSU's fourth turnover, an interception with fewer than 10 seconds remaining in the final quarter, sealing a disastrous loss.

What's next: Troy has 1½ weeks to recover and prepare to get back into Sun Belt Conference play.

Starting safety John Battle, who was also listed as questionable, started for LSU.

The three players were integral parts of LSU's 28-21 upset of No. 1 Florida 20 years ago on October 11, 1997, in Tiger Stadium.

With only 18 seconds remaining from his 9-yard line, Etling connected with Chark for 27 yards with 11 seconds to play. Troy forced two interceptions and two fumbles, turning them into 14 points.

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