LSU-Troy: Recap, score, stats, analysis for Week 5 game (9/30/2017)


It’s homecoming weekend in Baton Rouge, and Saturday’s LSU-Troy game offers the Tigers a final chance to tune up against a nonconference opponent before heading full speed into their SEC schedule.

LSU (3-1) won 35-26 at home against Syracuse last week. Troy (3-1) is coming off a 22-17 win over Akron. The Tigers lead the all-time series against the Trojans, 2-0, having won home games in 2004 and 2008.

LSU-Troy recap

Troy 24, LSU 21 (FINAL): The Tigers get the ball back with 18 seconds left at their own 9-yard line. LSU quarterback Danny Etling finds D.J. Chark for a 27-yard gain to the LSU 36. But on the next play, Etling is intercepted by Troy cornerback Blace Brown at the Trojans’ 40. Troy kneels and runs out the final seconds.

Troy 24, LSU 21 (Q4, 1:59): Etling finds Foster Moreau in the middle of the field for a 20-yard touchdown pass. LSU converted two fourth downs on the 13-play, 92-yard drive. The ensuing onside kick is recovered by the Trojans at their own 46-yard line.

Troy 24, LSU 14 (Q4, 5:26): LSU linebacker Michael Divinity recovers a Troy fumble at the Tigers’ 8-yard line. LSU still has all three of its timeouts.

Troy 24, LSU 14 (Q4, 7:41): It’s not over yet. With Etling back in at quarterback, the Tigers score on a 3-play, 51-yard drive in just 27 seconds. Etling connected with Russell Gage on a 34-yards touchdown pass. The ensuing onside kick is recovered by the Trojans at their own 45-yard line.

Troy 24, LSU 7 (Q4, 8:14): Trojans running back Josh Anderson scores on a 7-yard touchdown run to put Troy back up by three scores. The score caps a 10-play, 64-yard drive. Tiger Stadium is emptying out.

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.

Troy 17, LSU 7 (END Q3): The Tigers are driving. It’s second-and-11 at the Troy 37-yard line.

Troy 17, LSU 7 (4:00): Brennan connects with Foster Moreau for a 7-yard touchdown pass to finally put the Tigers on the board. The score was set up when linebacker Devin White recovered a fumble at the Trojans’ 4.

Troy 17, LSU 0 (Q3, 6:00): The Tigers had a 6-play, 67-yard drive end at the Troy 9. Wide receiver Derrick Dillon fumbled after a 2-yard catch, and Melvin Tyus recovered for Troy.

Troy 17, LSU 0 (Q3, 13:00): Brennan is in the game for LSU. Senior starter Danny Etling left the field after taking a hit to the chest late in the first half. It’s unclear whether Etling might return.

Troy 17, LSU 0 (Q3, 13:06): Troy running back Jordan Chunn scores on a 1-yard touchdown plunge on fourth down. Chunn set up the score with a 74-yard run four plays earlier.

Troy 10, LSU 0 (Halftime): Trojans kicker Evan Legassey bounces a 37-yard field goal off and over the crossbar as time expires in the first half. If Tigers fans need a reason for hope, they should recall the largest comeback in LSU history — when the Tigers rallied from a 28-point deficit to beat Troy in 2008.

Troy 7, LSU 0 (Q2, 2:32): Tigers kicker Jack Gonsoulin misses a 35-yard field-goal attempt. Etling left the game after getting hit on the previous play.

Troy 7, LSU 0 (Q2, 6:25): Troy comes up empty after a 13-play drive that chewed up 6:38 of clock time. Legassey misses a 36-yard field goal.

Troy 7, LSU 0 (END Q1): The Tigers have 93 offensive yards, including 83 on the ground, but no points to show for it.

Troy 7, LSU 0 (Q1, 9:04): An 8-play, 42-yard drive fizzles for the Tigers when they fail to convert a 4th-and-3 at the Troy 33.

Troy 7, LSU 0 (Q1, 13:13): Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers puts the Trojans on the board first with a 1-yard touchdown run, capping a 5-play, 30-yard drive. LSU running back Nick Brosette fumbled on the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage, and Troy safety Kris Weatherspoon recovered.

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Pregame score predictions

LSU 21, Troy 7

Ed Orgeron hasn’t revealed whether anyone from Derrius Guice and Rashard Lawrence to John Battle, Toby Weathersby and Ed Alexander will be healthy enough to play. If not, the Tigers are going to be missing a ton of experience against a team that ranks in the top 20 in the nation in scoring defense and the top 50 in total offense. — Nick Suss

LSU 27, Troy 10

The Trojans have committed more penalties than anyone in this great nation — even LSU. 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. — Alex Hickey

LSU 34, Troy 14

The point spread is hovering from 19.5 to 21.5. The Tigers have failed to cover in three straight games and have missed the mark by a wide margin in the last two. — Carter Bryant 

LSU 28, Troy 10

In addition to a 49-game nonconference winning streak, the Tigers are 35-0 all-time against Sun Belt teams. Troy is a Sun Belt team, and I fully expect the Tigers to extend both streaks. — Sam Spigelman

Looking ahead to Week 6: The Tigers will play at Florida on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT). The game will be broadcast on CBS.

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