Ed Orgeron and LSU Hit Rock Bottom in Home Loss to Troy

Florida RB Lamical Perine

We've got to do some soul searching. 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.

"I think it's just a matter of we've got to get better". Mike Weber ran for a career-high three touchdowns and No. 11 Ohio State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) blanked Rutgers (1-4, 0-2) for the second straight year.

In a night of purple-and-gold ugliness, it turned freakish at the end of the half when the clock had apparently run out with Troy leading 7-0.

In the first half Saturday behind starting quarterback Danny Etling, the Tigers didn't send many in motion.

Troy 17, LSU 7 (Q4, 14:44): LSU quarterback Myles Brennan is intercepted by Troy cornerback Marcus Jones at the Troy 26 and gains 10 yards on the return.

Five days before LSU's second loss this season, Orgeron said he and offensive coordinator Matt Canada "discussed" simplifying things, somewhat restructuring Canada's offense known for confusion and deception via motions and shifts. Prior to this, Troy never trailed the Tigers in Baton Rouge, forcing a turnover in the game's first play from scrimmage.

Etling replaced Brennan on LSU's next possession and immediately put the Tigers in the end zone.

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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They fumbled on the game's first play to set up a Troy touchdown, missed on a short field goal on their best first-half drive, let the Trojans kick a freakish field goal, gave up a 74-yard, up-the-middle run to fall behind 17-0 to open the third quarter and then lost a fumble at the Troy 7-yard line just when it looked as if they had some life in the third quarter. Athletic director Joe Alleva's decision to hire Orgeron last November was met with skepticism after a well-publicized flirtation with then-Houston (and now Texas) head coach Tom Herman.

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. "We had to get the game closer".

So the Tigers, for now, are likely to stick with whom they've got.


His first fumble gave LSU momentum late in the 3rd quarter. Troy would eventually stretch the lead to 24-7 on seven-yard touchdown run by Josh Anderson. In the last meeting between these two schools, Troy led 31-3 early in the 4th quarter, but LSU rallied to win 40-31 for the biggest comeback in school history. Cedarius Rookard forced the fumble, and Kris Weatherspoon recovered deep in LSU territory. Maybe LSU's administration will decide at some point that it wants to make a wholesale change, but doing it right now would just be a lot.

Orgeron did not like that play call to Brossette.

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.

Shifts aplenty, Brennan connected on a 7-yard pass to tight end Foster Moreau in the third, scoring LSU's first points against Troy.

Alex Hornibrook passed for 197 yards and a touchdown, settling down after two interceptions in the first half. Legassey's kick hit the crossbar and bounced over. Both teams had left the field for halftime before the field goal as time had apparently ran out. Officials ruled that time had expired in the half but after further review, it was confirmed that Johnson hit the ground with 2 seconds remaining.

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