Trojans prep for LSU

Published 10:26 pm Monday, November 10, 2008

After getting back on track with a 17-7 win over Western Kentucky University Saturday on Homecoming, the Troy Trojans are now focused on taking down the LSU Tigers in Death Valley.

“We had a win that we needed very badly Saturday,” Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said. “This was big for our bowl qualification status and just for our feelings. After that one-point loss to Monroe we had to get that taste out of our mouths. And we did.”

Blakeney and the Trojans head to Baton Rouge, La. for the second time in five years. LSU is defending a national title yet again, as they were in 2004 when the Trojans almost escaped with a victory.

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But Blakeney does not want to live in the past.

“I have really thought about (our return trip to LSU) and it is a different setup and we are different coaches than in that game,” Blakeney said. “And this time they are coming off a loss and will be motivated to beat us.”

The game is also Homecoming for the Tigers and Blakeney said that really does not bother the Trojans.

“We carry around a float with us,” Blakeney said. “We are a lot of Homecomings for teams.”

Heading into Death Valley is a daunting task for some teams, but Blakeney said he will try and get his guys prepared for the trip.

“We will be playing in front of a rabid bunch of folks,” Blakeney said. “That is good for our kids. This is a great opportunity for us.”