TROY, Ala. -- Jason Samples threw one touchdown pass and caught another, and offensive lineman Junior Louissaint scored on a 63-yard fumble recovery as Troy University upset No. 19 Missouri, 24-14, last night.
The Trojans (2-0), a fourth-year Division 1-A program, overcame a poor start to beat the first Bowl Championship Series team to visit Troy. The fans stormed the field and pulled down a goal post as Missouri players trudged to the locker room.
"We don't have to beat them 365 days," Trojans coach Larry Blakeney said. "We just have to beat them for one 60-minute segment of history. For that one 60 minutes, Troy was better than Missouri. To me, this is the biggest win we've ever had."
The Tigers (1-1) scored touchdowns on their first two possessions but not much else went right. Brad Smith passed for 224 yards and ran 15 times for 36 yards but was intercepted twice in the second half and was harried throughout the game.
Troy's Aaron Leak rolled left and hit a leaping Samples in the end zone 4 minutes into the fourth. Leak lay on the turf after taking a hard hit on the play, then got up and waved his arms to the crowd, the largest in school history (26,574).
Smith, whose Heisman Trophy candidacy was dealt a huge blow, then drove the Tigers to the Troy 30 but was sacked by Franklin Lloyd on third and 5. His next pass was broken up by Brannon Condren and Troy milked the clock below 6 minutes before punting.
Thomas Olmsted's punt buried the Tigers inside the 5 for the second straight time, and Arthur Adams effectively ended their hopes with an interception.