BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU played a bad game.
No sense in sugarcoating it. No need to walk gingerly around it. LSU lost to Troy. The score was 24-21. Given the talent disparity between a program thought to be one of the marquee ones in the SEC and a team that went 4-8 in the Sun Belt two years ago, it shouldn’t have been. Obviously.
But LSU played a lackluster game. Bad offense. Bad defense. Horrible special teams. Everything was bad. And for the first time since 2000, the Tigers lost a home game to a non-conference opponent.
Were there moments worth celebrating and dissecting? Sure. Freshman quarterback Myles Brennan threw his first career touchdown pass. Inside linebacker Devin White had a double-digit tackle performance for the second week in a row. Wide receivers D.J. Chark and Russell Gage both averaged more than 20 yards per catch.
But that’s not what’ll be remembered about this game. Nor will it be Danny Etling’s 17-for-25 passing day with 2 touchdowns, 198 passing yards and 57 rushing yards or his valiant attempt to bring the Tigers back after coming back in for Brennan. The loss is all people will remember. Because it was a bad one.
Here’s a stock report from LSU’s loss:
Christian LaCouture: The fifth-year senior starred for the injury-thinned LSU defensive line, finishing with 12 tackles, 2 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1 pass breakup. In a game where there weren’t many positives to glean, LaCouture was one of the few.
Tory Carter: It’s sad, but the freshman fullback was one of the few offensive bright spots. Carter caught two passes, both in the first quarter, and executed two impressive stiff arms in the process.
Everything: LSU couldn’t have played worse in all phases. The offense turned the ball over four times after only losing one turnover in the first four games. Troy running back Jordan Chunn gashed the LSU defense for 191 yards and 1 touchdown on 30 carries. Kicker Jack Gonsoulin missed a 35-yard field goal. Troy was 12-for-18 on third and fourth downs. LSU was 2-for-11.
It’s hard not to cast blame on the coaches. Ed Orgeron, Matt Canada and Dave Aranda couldn’t prepare LSU to beat a Sun Belt opponent. Whether Troy is the best or worst team in the Sun Belt doesn’t matter. This game was a thorough embarrassment. A loss in all phases. A step back in every way. Not a good look for the first year of the Orgeron regime.
The fan experience: LSU fans and national college football viewers alike revere Tiger Stadium as the best stadium to watch a college game. It wasn’t that Saturday. As early as the first quarter, Troy fans rivaled LSU fans in volume. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Tiger Stadium looked as sparse as a middle school volleyball game.
Obviously this has something to do with the product on the field. But the stadium wasn’t even full at the start. This isn’t a great look if you’re LSU.
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