Troy QB on win over LSU: ‘We wanted it more’

Troy Trojans players celebrate win over LSU Tigers

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU should have known better than to take an opponent lightly, but that is exactly what the Tigers did in Saturday’s devastating 24-21 loss to Troy.

Worse than that, the visiting Trojans were clearly more motivated than the Tigers.

“I think we wanted it more,” Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers said. “I can’t speak for the other team, but I feel like we wanted it more the entire game.”

LSU apparently wasn’t scared straight by a blowout loss at Mississippi State two weeks ago or remotely fazed by a close call one week ago against Syracuse. Even with those two teachable moments fresh in their minds, the Tigers seemed unprepared to match the Trojans’ effort and desire.

“I felt like they were very physical and came in with a purpose,” LSU linebacker Devin White said of the Trojans. “It doesn’t puzzle me that they wanted it more, because the team that’s smaller has nothing to lose. We wanted to win, but we played like we didn’t want to lose.”

With a 49-game winning streak against nonconference opponents on the line, the Tigers (3-2) appeared to play with no sense of urgency until halfway through the fourth quarter. Troy (4-1) accepted a reported $985,000 to play in Death Valley — and then demolished homecoming weekend at LSU.

“One of the last drives, we were just pounding them,” Silvers said. “Our line did a great job of pushing them off the ball, and our running backs did a great job of running. We could see it late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter when we were driving.”

LSU coach Ed Orgeron denied that his team looked past Troy to its upcoming game at Florida. But if that is true, how could the Tigers get noticeably outworked by players who were mostly unrecruited by SEC schools?

“It’s a disappointing performance,” Orgeron said. “We were outcoached and outplayed. …  It seems like we got outphysicaled by Troy tonight, which is not Tiger football.”

To hear Troy coach Neal Brown tell it, the Trojans came into the game with hefty chips on their shoulders. Who could blame them? Troy was a 20½-point underdog.

“That wasn’t a fluke win,” Brown said. “We played physical, we ran the football, we ate up clock, our defense tackled we swarmed to the football and I’m really proud of our guys.”

Troy Trojans quarterback Brandon Silvers
Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers said his team was just hungrier to win than LSU. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Silvers played efficiently, throwing for 157 yards on 16-of-28 passing. It was running back Jordan Chunn, however, who inflicted the most damage on LSU. The former 2-star recruit, who received little interest from SEC schools as a high schooler, gashed the Tigers defense for 191 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries.

“We have a high-quality style SEC running back, too,” Brown said. “That’s a kid that if he lined up in purple tonight no one would know the difference.”

After Troy took a commanding 24-7 lead with 8:14 left, LSU finally shook off the cobwebs and made it a game. The Tigers cut the lead to three, but it was too late. Troy had conquered Baton Rouge, atoning for a 2008 collapse which the Trojans blew a 28-point lead against the Tigers and lost, 40-31. It still ranks as the biggest comeback in LSU history.

“We knew they weren’t going to quit,” Silvers said. “It’s LSU. They’re not going to quit. We knew we had to finish them off.”

When LSU’s frantic final drive ended with Troy cornerback Blace Brown intercepting Tigers quarterback Danny Etling, the gravity of the upset began to sink in for Silvers and the Trojans. He took the final snap, kneeled at his own 40-yard line and watched the final seconds expire. He scanned the faces of teammates to see their reactions, and maybe he was also seeking confirmation of what had just happened.

At that moment, Silvers said only one thought crossed his mind.

“We did it.”

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