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Troy shocks LSU, Georgia hammers UT, Auburn routs Mississippi State

SEC review Troy upsets LSU
COURTESY OF TROY ATHLETICS

A look at all the action from the fifth weekend of the season in the SEC.

Troy 24, LSU 21

LSU hasn’t played all that well this season and it caught up with the host Tigers (3-2) on Saturday night as the Trojans (4-1) pulled the stunner on the Tigers’ homecoming. Troy built a 24-7 lead midway through the fourth quarter, then held on. It was LSU’s first home loss to a non-conference opponent since 2000, when the Nick Saban-coached Tigers fell 13-10 to UAB. LSU’s 49-game non-conference home winning streak was snapped; the NCAA record is 51 by Miami. Troy outrushed LSU 206-162, and Trojans senior RB Brandon Chunn ran for 191 yards and a TD on 30 carries. Troy was 10-of-18 on third down and LSU 0-of-8, which helped Tory have an almost 10-minute time-of-possession advantage. LSU committed four turnovers; the Tigers had committed just one in their first four games. LSU plays Florida and Auburn in its next two games.

Georgia 41, Tennessee 0

The Bulldogs (5-0 overall, 2-0 in the SEC) dominated the host Vols (3-2, 0-2), increasing the pressure on Tennessee coach Butch Jones. QB Quinten Dormady threw an interception on the Vols’ first play from scrimmage and that epitomized the kind of day it would be for Tennessee. Georgia outgained the Vols 378-142, and the Bulldogs won the rushing battle 294-62. Georgia’s Jake Fromm threw just 15 passes, but it didn’t matter because the Bulldogs’ defense controlled the game. Fromm did run for two touchdowns. Tennessee was 1-of-12 on third down, punted eight times and had seven first downs. Dormady was 5-of-16 for 64 yards and threw two interceptions. Tennessee had not been shut out since September 17, 1994, against Florida. It also was Tennessee’s 27th consecutive loss to a top-10-ranked team.

Auburn 49, Mississippi State 10

The host Tigers (4-1, 1-0) scored a TD on their first possession and remained in control the rest of the way in hammering the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-2). Auburn rolled up 479 yards on just 56 plays (8.6 yards per play) and handed MSU its second consecutive big loss. Two weeks ago, Mississippi State thrashed LSU 37-7, but it has lost to Georgia and Auburn in its past two games by a combined 80-13. Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson rushed for 116 yards and three TDs, and QB Jarrett Stidham continued his sterling play by going 13-of-16 for 264 yards and two TDs. Stidham is 58-of-70 (82.9 percent) for 836 yards, three TDs and a pick in the past three games. Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald was under pressure most of the game and finished 13-of-33 for 157 yards, a TD and two picks, including one returned for a TD by CB Javaris Davis that made it 42-10 with 10:42 left in the game.

Texas A&M 24, South Carolina 17

The host Aggies (4-1, 2-0) ran well and also shut down the run in rallying past the Gamecocks (3-2, 1-2), who led 17-7 early in the third quarter. A&M rushed for 237 yards and three TDs, and held South Carolina to 23 rushing yards. Texas A&M’s lines on both sides of the ball dominated the line of scrimmage in the final 25 minutes, which was what enabled the Aggies to get the win. A&M allowed minus-2 total yards on South Carolina’s final five possessions of the game. A&M ran 76 plays, 20 more than South Carolina. The Gamecocks were just 2-of-13 on third down and obviously had trouble maintaining drives. South Carolina finished with just 279 total yards, the second time this season it was held under 300. A&M had three players rush for 56 yards: QB Kellen Mond had 95 yards, RB Keith Ford rushed for 70 and two TDs and Trayveon Williams had 56 and a score. The Aggies play host to Alabama next week, then travel to Florida on October 14.

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