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 upset No. 19 Missouri 24-14 Thursday night.
The Trojans (2-0), a fourth-year Division I-A program, overcame a horrible start to beat the first BCS conference team to visit Troy. The fans stormed
the field and pulled down a goal post as Missouri players slumped to the locker room.
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 quarter. Leak lay on the turf for a minute 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 Troy's 30. He completed a 22-yarder and a 25-yarder 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 buried the Tigers inside the 5 for the second straight time, and Arthur Adams effectively ended their hopes with an interception.
Missouri committed three turnovers and had a punt blocked by Bernard Davis, looking like a different team that built the 14-0 lead.
The Trojans used trickery and pure luck to take a stunning 17-14 halftime lead after failing to get a first down for the first 20 minutes. Coming off
an upset road win against Marshall, they had been 0-6 against teams from the Big 12 Conference.
Down two touchdowns, Leak lateralled to Samples, who floated a pass to wide-open tailback Jermaine Richardson in the end zone for a 26-yard score
midway through the second quarter.
Missouri buried the Trojans at the 7-yard line on a punt. Two runs by DeWhitt Betterson got out of the hole and the ball was knocked out of his grasp
on his third run, right into the hands of Louissaint.
The 277-pound guard caught it in mid-air and rambled the final 63 yards, dragging 190-pound cornerback A.J. Kincade into the end zone.
Greg Whibbs hit a 43-yard field goal with 1:01 left for the halftime lead.
The Trojans had 8 yards in the first 20 minutes and 189 over the next 10.
Smith, meanwhile, started out 13-of-14, but completed only one of his final six passes of the half. He finished 25-of-46.
Leak was only 7-of-20 for 94 yards and was intercepted three times.