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

02 October 2017

We interrupt this coaching honeymoon for a startling announcement.

Gators coach Jim McElwain said Del Rio will undergo season-ending surgery on Monday. At least for now.

The LSU Tigers football program has had dark days, but it has been a while since they legitimately wandered into the territory of embarrassment. "It wasn't about Troy tonight". It's like I told our football team, there's absolutely no excuses.

The loss joins the ranks of the infamous loss by LSU to Alabama-Birmingham, 13-10, on September 23, 2000, in the first season of former coach Nick Saban, but the Tigers were not ranked for that game and had gone through eight losing seasons over the previous 11 years before that season. "That's the bottom line".

So the Tigers, for now, are likely to stick with whom they've got.

. They're hurting in there.

Troy put up 165 total yards and took a 7-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game as LSU tailback Nick Brossette fumbled on the first offensive play of the game. "It's about everybody looking in the mirror". Last week marked a loss to Mississippi State with a score of 37-7 before Saturday night's upset. We're missing some key plays with Danny in there.

He said he'd have to study the film hard, but he already had an inkling what he'll see. "We're not playing good as a team".

Chunn ran 30 times for a career-high 191 yards, including a 1-yard third-quarter touchdown that gave Troy a 17-0 lead.

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Not having former Heisman Trophy hopeful (that ship has sailed) Derrius Guice on the field is having a hugely negative impact on LSU, and not just in terms of production or game-planning.

LSU senior QB Danny Etling (undisclosed) completed 17-of-25 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 24-21 loss to Troy. Somehow, the Tigers made a game of it, teasing an annoyed fan base.

Nick Chubb added 109 yards rushing to help Georgia race to its first 5-0 start since 2012, the past year the Bulldogs reached the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Brennan led LSU to its first touchdown in the third quarter on a 7-yard pass to Foster Moreau, but on the next series, with some momentum, he threw an interception.

Etling saved the drive with two fourth-down convertions - a 12-yard run and a 4-yard pass to Stephen Sullivan - before completing a 20-yard touchdown catch and run to Moreau that moved LSU within the final margin.

But it was too little too late. If not, the support Orgeron got when taking over the team will quickly evaporate as his seat becomes hotter and hotter.

"We need people to start studying more", White said, "and knowing what's going on".

The Tigers got the ball back with 18 seconds to go, but Etling was intercepted by Troy's Blace Brown at the Troy 42 to secure the win.

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With Brennan, the Tigers offense ramped up the presnap movement, calling few plays without others in motion.

LSU trailed 17-7 at the time of the interception. 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. They are 2-0 in conference play.

As for the kick itself, the ball bounced on the crossbar and skipped over for the field goal.

Those three points came in handy for the Trojans after the Tigers woke up in the second half. Silvers also ran for a touchdown following an LSU turnover. It doesn't seem like a practical thing to do at midseason, and especially not at midseason less than a year after Orgeron's hiring.

"I took the blame the first time, and I'll take it again", Orgeron said.

"Back to the drawing board", Orgeron said.

It won't get any easier.

SEC Nation, the SEC Network's traveling pregame show, will originate from Gainesville, Florida, ahead of LSU's clash with the Gators.

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