College football: Troy pulls off huge upset of No. 25 LSU, snaps Tigers' non-conference win streak
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jordan Chunn had one of the top rushing games in Troy history and the Trojans posted the biggest win of their Division I-A history Saturday, beating No. 25 LSU 24-21.
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"What a special night," Troy coach Neal Brown said in a postgame, on-field interview with ESPN. "To come out on this stage and for our kids to compete for four quarters is really special."
It's also the Trojans' second win over a Southeastern Conference school. They won 21-9 at Mississippi State in 2001.
"Troy has played football for a long time, but this is probably the biggest win we've had in Division I," Brown said. "This is huge, huge for our program and huge for our university."
Chunn ran 30 times for a career-high 191 yards, including a 1-yard third-quarter touchdown that gave Troy a 17-0 lead.
His 191 yards rank 10th in Troy school history. He had 189 yards as a sophomore in 2014 at Idaho.
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"He's an NFL running back," Brown said. "He showed that tonight and, though he had a couple of fumbles, he kept plugging away. We have several guys who can play on this level."
Troy withstood a vicious rally by the Tigers. LSU trailed 24-7 in the fourth quarter after Josh Anderson's 7-yard TD run for the Trojans.
Danny Etling threw touchdown passes of 34 yards to Russell Gage and 20 yards to Foster Moreau to bring LSU within three. The Tigers got the ball back in the final minute inside their own 10.
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Etling threw to D.J. Chark for a 27-yard gain to the 36 and threw another deep pass into Troy territory.
Blace Brown intercepted it at the Troy 42 to seal it.
Troy led 10-0 at halftime. Brandon Silvers scored on a 1-yard run early in the first quarter and freshman Evan Legassey kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the half. Legassey's kick hit the crossbar and bounced over.
Silvers finished 16-for-28 passing for 157 yards, while Etling was 17-for-25 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
LSU saw a 49-game non-conference home winning streak, the longest in modern college football, end. The Tigers last fell at home to a non-conference team in 2000 to UAB. The Trojans already had a history at Tiger Stadium.
Troy led 31-3 in the second half of a 2008 game at LSU and lost 40-31. The Trojans also lost in 2004 on a late touchdown.
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