The Chippewas outlasted the Trojans through two overtimes in Mobile, trading touchdowns in the first and edging by a field goal in the second. This is Troy’s second consecutive bowl loss that came down to a missed field goal, which has got to smart, but the story tonight is, of course, warrior-poet/quarterback Dan LeFevour, who absolutely cannot be kept down for a full four quarters.
With 395 aerial yards on the evening, LeFevour ends his college career well over the 3,000-yard mark, and with tonight’s passing performance he should put paid to any attempts to write him off as a Mere Spread Quarterback. (Troy’s Levi Brown, it should be noted, is no slouch in the air-raid department himself, also treading dangerously close to a 400-yard outing.)
At 12-2, with their only losses coming at the hands of perfectly respectable Arizona and Boston College teams, will this win be enough to vault the Chippewas at last into the BCS ranking they have been so cruelly denied? Knowing the trained pigeons pulling the levers at the assorted polls, maybe not. So enjoy tonight, Chippewas. We saw you. Promise.