South Alabama always seems to upset someone each year, usually a team with high hopes who’s caught not looking. This year, that team was their state rival, the Troy Trojans.
Troy has been feeling pretty good since they went in to Death Valley and upset the LSU Tigers on homecoming. And with a paycheck of $985,000, they should have been feeling great. However, South Alabama caught the Trojans sleeping Wednesday night, and took home the famous victory belt.
Troy struggled to produce offensively throughout the night. Quarterback Brandon Silvers, who was the star of the show in Death Valley, had a lackluster game against the Jaguars. The Trojan offense gave up four turnovers on the night, which was probably the difference in the game. Give the Jaguars some credit, their defense showed up and held their own against a hot Trojan offense.
South dominated the game, putting up a 19-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. After a couple of missed field goals, Troy finally made it into the end zone with six minutes left. Troy was 4-1 going into the game, while South Alabama was 1-4.
Troy’s loss is even worse news for LSU, whose embarrassing loss looks even worse. The Tigers hope to continue their shot at redemption against Auburn in Death Valley on Saturday.
If Wednesday night proves anything, it’s that anything can happen in rivalry games. It also serves as a reminder to never get too cocky, no matter who you beat.