(Saturday, November 15th)
Final Score: (19) LSU 40, Troy 31
Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Charles Scott's four-yard touchdown run with 4:50 remaining in the game climaxed an incredible comeback, as 19th- ranked LSU avoided a monumental upset by scoring 30 fourth-quarter points to beat the Troy Trojans, 40-31, at Tiger Stadium.
Jarrett Lee threw for 216 yards on 20-of-34 passing with one touchdown and one interception as the Tigers (7-3) rallied from a 28-point deficit in the third quarter to complete the biggest comeback in school history.
"That doesn't happen a lot. I've never been part of a come back that big," said Lee. "That shows you a lot about our team tonight. We played hard and fought back. Not one time in our minds did we think we were going to lose this game."
Scott ran for 90 yards on 24 carries and Brandon LaFell caught 12 passes for 126 yards and a score.
The Trojans (6-4) led by as many as four touchdowns behind Levi Brown, who completed 34-of-72 attempts for 316 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. DuJuan Harris led Troy with 14 carries for 65 yards, and Jerrel Jernigan had 10 receptions for 63 yards.
"I think we earned a lot of respect in this game," said Harris. "We're a really good team, but sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot, but if we would've come out with a win we would've gained even more respect."
Early in the third quarter Troy moved to a 31-3 lead behind an eight-yard scoring pass from Brown to Harris at the 11:13 mark, but that proved to be the Trojans' final points.
LSU began its comeback with 1:26 left in the third-quarter with a three-yard touchdown run by Jordan Jefferson on fourth down.
Lee found LaFell for a 33-yard scoring strike with 14 minutes left in the game to cut the lead to 31-17. After Troy went three-and-out again, Quinn Johnson rushed one yard for a touchdown with 10:33 left to draw LSU within 31-24.
Brown was then picked off by Chad Jones, which led to Colt David's 27-yard field goal with 7:51 remaining.
The Trojans came up big on defense with 6 1/2 minutes left, forcing a punt, but the ball bounced off Jorrick Calvin to give the home team the ball at the Troy 20-yard line. Scott's scoring run gave LSU the lead, but David's extra point failed.
Brown then threw incomplete on fourth down, and the Tigers finished the scoring with a one-yard plunge by Johnson with 1:40 to play.
Troy took a 14-3 first-quarter lead behind a seven-yard scoring pass from Brown to Patrick Cherry and a one-yard touchdown run by Kennard Burton.
Between the touchdowns LSU received a 52-yard field goal by David with 6:16 remaining in the first.
Troy extended its advantage over the favored Tigers in the second quarter. Sam Glusman nailed a 43-yard field goal with 10:08 remaining. The Trojans led 24-3 at halftime on a 27-yard interception return by Terence Moore.
LSU's comeback broke the 21-point deficit it had against Ole Miss in 1977. It was also the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history...LaFell has now caught a pass in 25 straight games dating back to the 2007 Sugar Bowl versus Notre Dame...Scott went over the 1,000-yard mark for rushing yards for the season...LSU and Troy met for the first time back in 2004, and the Tigers also needed a late score to beat the Trojans, 24-20. The Trojans outgained LSU, 380-340...Burton totaled 74 yards on five receptions with 10 players getting at least one catch for the visitors...Next Saturday the Tigers host Ole Miss and Troy welcomes UL Lafayette.
11/16 02:10:07 ET