DALLAS (FWAA) – The Troy Trojans
went into Death Valley, raced out to a 17-0 lead and never trailed
in a 24-21 win in front of a packed house at LSU. For ending LSU's
49-game home non-conference winning streak, the Trojans earned the
Football Writers Association of America National Team of
the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 30.
The announcement came on "Off Campus with Mark Packer" on ESPNU
Radio on SiriusXM. Each Monday during the season, the FWAA National
Team of the Week will be unveiled during the program, which airs
weekdays from 4-7 p.m. ET.
The win was only Troy's second over a ranked opponent in school
history. Jordan Chunn rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown and the
Trojans (4-1) forced four turnovers. Troy led 24-7 with 8:14 to
play, but the Tigers rallied to get within 24-21 with two minutes
left. The Trojans foiled two onside kicks and Blace Brown intercepted
his eighth career pass to ice the game. Brown also forced a fumble,
recorded five tackles and broke up a pass.
"That wasn't a fluke win," said Troy head coach Neal
Brown. "We played physical, we ran the football, we ate up
clock, our defense tackled, we swarmed to the football and I'm really
proud of our guys."
Troy improves to 1-2 in the series against LSU, but the Trojans
have led in the fourth quarter of all three games. The Trojans led
10-0 at the half on Saturday, marking the first time since 2009
that LSU had trailed at the half of a non-conference home game.
The Trojans' other win over a ranked opponent was a 24-14 win over
No. 17 Missouri (then a Big 12 member) in 2004.
This is Troy's first time to win the FWAA award.
The other National Team of the Week nominee for the weekend of
Sept. 30 was:
• Washington State (5-0): The Cougars snapped
a 15-game home losing streak to ranked opponents in a dramatic
30-27 win over No. 5 USC. Erik Powell kicked a 32-yard field
goal with 1:40 left for the game-winner, Luke Falk threw for
340 yards and two touchdowns, and WSU held USC's Sam Darnold
to 164 passing yards and an interception. WSU earned its first
win over USC since 2002, and its first over a top-five opponent
since Drew Bledsoe led the Cougars over rival Washington in
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. Members of the 12-person
FWAA All-America Committee – plus one fan vote from Twitter –
decide the weekly honor.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key
executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas
that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.
For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
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