LSU drops out of Coaches Poll after embarrassing loss to Troy

BATON ROUGE, La. — For the first time in 2017, the coaches haven’t deemed LSU worthy of being ranked.

LSU fell out of the Amway USA Today Coaches Poll this week after its 24-21 upset loss to Troy in Tiger Stadium Saturday night. LSU (3-2, 0-1 SEC) was ranked No. 22. Troy received nine votes in the coaches poll while Mississippi State, the other team to beat LSU this season, also dropped out of the ranks with a loss to Auburn.

LSU trailed by as many as 17 points versus Troy, before cutting the lead to 3 points in the final minutes. The Tigers had the ball with a chance to gain the lead with less than a minute remaining in the game, but quarterback Danny Etling was pressured as he threw, forced out of the pocket and turned the ball over for his first interception of 2017.

The Tigers defense allowed Troy to rush for 206 yards, 4.9 yards per carry, including a 74-yard scamper from running back Jordan Chunn, who amassed 191 yards on 30 carries. Troy also threw efficiently, completing 16 of 28 passes for 157 yards.

LSU’s offense, however, wasn’t particularly effective. Etling was 17-for-25 with 198 yards, two touchdowns and his game-ending interception, and freshman quarterback Myles Brennan was 4-for-7 for 68 yards, a touchdown and an interception of his own. Tight end Foster Moreau caught two of LSU’s three receiving touchdowns.

Senior running back Darrel Williams led all Tigers in rushing with 69 yards on 17 carries. Etling rushed for 57 yards on five carries. Junior running back Derrius Guice did not play, still recovering from a knee injury sustained versus Mississippi State.

Next week, LSU takes on Florida in the Swamp. The Gators (3-1, 3-0 SEC) rank No. 20 in this week’s Coaches Poll. The game is scheduled to be played at 2:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast nationally on CBS with broadcasters Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson.

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