LSU paid Troy almost $1 million to come and beat them


They seat 102,321 at LSU's Tiger Stadium, and they've alleged for three decades that the booming crowd rattled the the local seismograph in the geoscience complex one night against Auburn in 1988, but through a fourth quarter Saturday night so bleak and stunning, those mighty stands looked nearly sullen in their vacancy.

The two previous games played between the schools were close, with LSU winning 24-20 in 2004 and 40-31 in 2008.

LSU travels to Florida for the first of seven straight games against SEC opponents to close the regular season. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS.

Just over a year ago, LSU made a decision to fire longtime head coach Les Miles, who led the Tigers to a 114-34 record and the 2007 national championship during his storied 12-year career in Baton Rouge.

"We've got to find out why we're not making the plays we're supposed to make", said Orgeron, who is listenable but getting less listenable for some.

McSorley went 23 for 36 for 315 yards and two touchdowns.

LSU named Orgeron its interim head coach a year ago, when it fired Les Miles after a 2-2 start. Troy running back Jordan Chunn carried the Trojans' offense, finishing with 191 yards and a touchdown in the big win. Silvers also ran for a touchdown following an LSU turnover.

Quarterback Jake Fromm accounted for three of Georgia's touchdowns, rushing for two and throwing for another score. Darrel Williams led LSU in rushing in the first quarter with 39 yards on eight carries.

Top LSU running back Derrius Guice was in uniform but Orgeron said he was too hurt to play.

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Rookie Dylan Cole added to the lead when he returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown with about nine minutes remaining. Watson has thrown for 528 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions while rushing for 124 yards and a score.

In fact, both teams had to be called out of the locker room for an extra play - the field goal - after time had apparently ended in the first half.

The questions grew larger over LSU's future after the Tigers fell to 3-2 before the halfway mark of the season. Troy capitalized with Evan Legassey's 37-yard field goal to make it 10-0. The drive covered 51 yards in three plays and took only 28 seconds. At this rate, with upcoming games at SEC East challenger Florida and No. 13 Auburn, it might be a while before the Tigers record their first conference win.

Ed Orgeron was under pressure at LSU long before the Tigers played their first snap this season.

After absorbing a blow to his midsection in the second quarter, Etling did not return for the beginning of the second half, so Myles Brennan, a rifle-armed freshman quarterback, entered. LSU rushed for 97 yards by halftime, although the Tigers ran for just 65 yards in the second half. Kris Weatherspoon of Natchez, Mississippi, recovered for the Trojans at the LSU 30-yard line.

True freshman Saahdiq Charles started at right tackle in place of Weathersby, giving LSU two true freshmen in the starting offensive line for the first time in school history.

LSU's on-side kick was recovered by the Trojans at their 45. A road win over a Power 5-conference team should infuse Troy with confidence heading into the meat of its Sun Belt schedule.

Blace Brown sealed the deal, intercepting Danny Etling's pass with 11 seconds to play.

Starting safety John Battle, who was also listed as questionable, started for LSU.

The Tigers committed four turnovers to the Trojans' two, they went 0-for-8 on third down, took three sacks to the Trojans' zero and held the ball 25:16 to the Trojans' 34:44.