Homecoming: LSU Looks to Stretch Streak to 50 vs. Troy
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BATON ROUGE – LSU will look to stretch the nation's longest non-conference home-field winning streak to 50 straight on Saturday when the 22nd-ranked Tigers host Troy for Homecoming in Tiger Stadium.
Kickoff for LSU's final non-conference game the regular season is set for 6 p.m. CT. After the Troy game, the Tigers play seven-straight Southeastern Conference games beginning with a 2:30 p.m. CT tilt against Florida next week in Gainesville.
LSU fans are asked to wear purple on Saturday as the Tigers will be wearing an alternate uniform combination of purple jerseys with white helmets and white pants. It's only the third time LSU has worn this uniform combination and just the sixth time the Tigers will wear these white helmets.
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The LSU-Troy game will be televised on ESPNU with Clay Matvick and Kirk Morrison on the call. The game can also been seen online at www.WatchESPN.com or on the Watch ESPN App.
The LSU Sports Radio Network, featuring the Voice of the Tiger Chris Blair, Doug Moreau and Gordy Rush, will have the radio broadcast of the game. The game can be heard in the Baton Rouge area on Eagle 98.1 FM or for free on the internet at www.LSUsports.net/live.
LSU ran its record to 3-1 overall following last week's 35-26 win over Syracuse in Tiger Stadium. In that game, five different Tigers scored touchdowns as LSU led from start to finish in the victory over the Orange.
Troy, members of the Sun Belt Conference, won 10 games a year ago capped with a 28-23 win over Ohio in the Dollar General Bowl. The Trojans are coming off a 22-17 victory over Akron last week and stand at 3-1 overall. Troy has won three straight games since dropping a 24-13 decision at Boise State to open the season.
LSU leads the series with Troy, 2-0, however, the Tigers had to rally from a 31-3 second half deficit to win, 40-31, in 2008 in Tiger Stadium. In 2004, LSU scored a touchdown with just over two minutes left in the game to win, 24-20.
The Tigers bring a 49-game non-conference Tiger Stadium winning streak into the Troy game. The streak stands as the longest current streak in college football and is also the longest such streak in modern day college football history. Harvard holds the longest non-conference home field winning streak at 55 straight from 1890-95. LSU last lost a home non-conference game in 2000, dropping a 13-10 last-second decision to UAB.
“Our teams has come in focused this week and are working hard to get better with each practice,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said after Thursday's workout. “This (Troy) is a physical football team and an opponent that we respect. They have come into Tiger Stadium before and played very well so they are going to have confidence that they can do it again. Our team is going to be ready to play.”
LSU brings a balanced offensive attack into Saturday's game as the Tigers have accounted for 1,617 yards of offense (802 yards rushing, 815 passing). LSU is averaging 28.5 points and 404.2 total yards a game (200.5 rushing, 203.8 passing).
In four games, the Tigers have turned the ball over just one time, which came last week against Syracuse.
Quarterback Danny Etling has connected on 45-of-77 passes for 723 yards and three touchdowns, while backup Myles Brennan is 6-of-11 for 92 yards. Senior DJ Chark leads LSU with 12 catches for 233 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers are allowing 18.2 points and 297.0 total yards per game (106.0 rushing, 191.0 passing). In four games, LSU has given up just two first half touchdowns and is among the league leaders with 12 sacks.
Troy comes into the game averaging 24.0 points and 448.8 total yards per game (175.5 rushing, 273.2 passing). Defensively, the Trojans have allowed only two rushing TDs this year and are giving up only 18.0 points and 317.8 total yards per game (95.5 rushing, 222.2 passing).
Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers has thrown for 8,478 yards and 56 TDs in his career, while running back Jordan Chunn has accounted for 2,645 rushing yards and 42 TDs.
ON WHAT COACH “O” SAID HE'S LOOKING FOR OUT OF THE TIGERS AGAINST TROY
“A clean game. Continue to be better. You are going to have some penalties some games, but we don't want many penalties. We want to be able to be 50/50 on first downs and be able to run, use play action, throw the football, get back to running the football the way LSU tigers know how to run it. Be physical at the point of attack. Play great defense for four quarters not two quarters. Eliminate the big play. We have given up too many big plays, had too many busts on defense. On the edge, force the ball inside, tackle very well. We haven't gotten anything out of our kick return game yet. We had a chance for a big return (last week) but missed a block. We want to be very efficient in the kicking game. This isn't about getting ready for SEC play, this is about beating Troy. We are just thinking about one game at a time.”
IT'S HOMECOMING; PARADE ROLLS THROUGH CAMPUS AT 11 A.M.
It's Homecoming at LSU this week and the annual Homecoming Parade will roll through campus beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Fans are encouraged to come be part of the Homecoming Parade, but to expect rolling lot closures along the parade route along with some temporary in-bound traffic delays due to the parade. The parade, which features LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux as the Grand Marshal, starts at West Lakeshore and will continue through campus on South Stadium Road, to Fieldhouse Drive to Dalrymple and back to the Systems Building.
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Fans are reminded to carpool when they can and to arrive on campus early whenever possible in order to avoid traffic congestion later in the day. For answers to any gameday-related questions, including parking and tailgating, go to www.LSUsports.net/gameday.
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