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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 10:09 am | Updated: 10:12 am, Wed Nov 7, 2018.

The Troy Trojans (7-2, 5-0) remained unbeaten in conference play on Saturday with a 26-16 win over the Louisiana-Lafayette Rajin’ Cajuns (4-5, 2-3).

The Trojans were led by an explosive offense that racked up 427 yards of offense and a defense that forced three turnovers.

Troy got on the scoreboard first with a 29-yard field goal with 9:37 left in the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead, but Louisiana notched things up 3-3 with 7:22 remaining in the first quarter after a 32-yard field goal.

With 6:38 remaining in the opening period, Troy retook the lead 10-0 with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Sawyer Smith to receiver Damion Willis.

BJ Smith scored on a 12-yard touchdown run with 9:03 left in the second quarter to extend Troy’s lead to 17-3 and then closed out the first half with back-to-back field goals.

With 3:11 left in the second quarter, Sumpter booted a 42-yard field goal and then as time expired in the half he booted a 20-yard field goal.

Louisiana got in the end zone with a 3-yard touchdown run from Trey Ragas with 11:29 left in the third quarter.

Sumpter booted his fourth field goal of the game with a 49-yard field goal with 5:10 left in the third quarter and Ragas scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to cut Troy’s lead to 26-16 with 39 seconds left in the third.

In the fourth quarter, as Louisiana attempted to rally, the Trojan defense forced two turnovers to secure the win.

With Troy hanging on to the 26-16 lead, Louisiana drove inside the Troy 25-yard line with just over three minutes remaining. Trojan walk-on safety Kyler Knudsen leaped in front of a Louisiana pass for his first career interception in his first career start.

With just under a minute left, Troy safety Melvin Tyus intercepted another Louisiana pass to seal the win.

The Trojan defense was playing without starting cornerback Marcus Jones, who injured his collarbone last week, and safety Cedarius Rookard. Rookard’s injury forced Knudsen into his first start and he responded by recording seven tackles, two pass breakups and his first career interception.

“Kyler Kndusen came here as a walk-on receiver and had to start at safety today,” Troy coach Neal Brown said. “I can’t say enough about him. He earned a scholarship today and I’m proud of him.”

Tron Folsom led the Troy defense with 11 tackles, one sack and one tackle-for-loss, while the Trojan defense recorded five sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss as a unit.

Sawyer Smith completed 18-of-22 passes for a career-high 317 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while senior Damion Willis caught a career-high 10 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown.

BJ Smith recorded his fifth straight 100-yard rushing performance with 103 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. He is the only player in school history to do that in five consecutive games.

Sumpter converted all four his field goal attempts.

The Trojans now set their sites on Georgia Southern this Saturday in a crucial road matchup in the Sun Belt. Troy is currently in first place of the east division with Georgia Southern and Appalachian State behind.

Appalachian State already holds a win over Georgia Southern and the Trojans meet Appalachian State to close out the season.

Alabama shuts out LSU in Death Valley

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0) shut down chatter about a weak schedule on Saturday with a resounding 29-0 shutout of the No. 3-ranked LSU Tigers (7-2, 4-2) on the road.

Coming into the game, much of the national buzz was in regards to Alabama’s top-rated offense going against one of the best secondary’s in the country, but it was the Alabama defense that made a statement.

The LSU Tigers have been shut out just four times in the last 10 years and all four of those shutouts have come against the Crimson Tide.

Alabama’s defense held LSU to just 196 total yards and 12 yards on the ground, while Alabama piled up 576 yards with 295 of that coming through the air.

Quinnen Williams led the Tide defense with 10 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks, while quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 25-of-42 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and one interception along with a 44-yard touchdown run.

Receiver Jerry Jeudy caught eight passes for 103 yards, while Damien Harris rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Najee Harris added 83 yards on six carries before leaving with a foot injury.

The Tide will host Mississippi State this week in another tough conference matchup.

Auburn pulls off thrilling come-from-behind win

The Auburn Tigers (6-3, 3-3) picked up a wild 28-24 win over the No. 25-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (5-4, 3-3) on Saturday to pick up their second consecutive win.

After a back-and-forth game in the first half, Texas A&M seemed to take control of the game in the third quarter with a 24-14 lead, but Auburn scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game to secure the win.

The game-winning score came with just under two minutes remaining on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham to Seth Williams.

Stidham completed 18-of-29 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns in the win and was virtually Auburn’s entire offense as Texas A&M held the Tigers to just 19 yards rushing and less than one yard per carry.

Darius Slayton caught eight passes for 107 yards, while Williams scored both Stidham touchdowns.

Ryan Davis also threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Sal Cannella on a trick play in the first half. Chandler Cox scored a one-yard touchdown run.

Daniel Thomas led the Auburn defense with 12 total tackles, one tackle-for-loss and a forced fumble.

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