Opening Statement ... “First of all I would like to congratulate Dan Mullen. I think that team continues to get better. He is doing a good job here. I want to congratulate the school on the endeavor they have going on here with the stadium.
“I felt like our team is coming off the second week where we really had to put in the work. It becomes a personal commitment and a responsibility and I felt like our guys did that. I felt like they came to practice, busted their butts and did what they needed to do to improve. You saw some defensive stops and some defensive plays. MSU had an open date to prepare and had a really nice game plan with two quarterbacks.
“Some of our young guys stepped up. I think Tre’Davious White made some plays. I like Jalen Mills making plays today. I thought Rashard Robinson made some plays today. Our interior guys of Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson were very difficult to block inside. We weren’t perfect in anyway but we are a young team that’s coming.
“We will certainly build on this. I think the defense will improve. I know we only allowed three points in the back half of the game and outscored them 31-3. Defensively, I thought we were much improved. Offensively we continue to throw the football efficiently and for big plays. It becomes very difficult for defenses to have extra guys hanging around the line of scrimmage. They back them up and we can run the football. I think the offensive line for the most part played well tonight.
“There are some things we need to correct but overall I thought the offense was very dominant. On special teams, I think our kickers were good. I think [Colby] Delahoussaye is a good kicker. We only had to punt once and I think we had that covered. It was a team effort again and I think we improved. We are looking forward to playing our next opponent in Tiger Stadium.”
On getting third down stops … “It was a very diverse attack that the Mississippi State team presented us. The quarterback carry, the counters and the throwing game. We were prepared to handle of those things. I felt like the third-down success was due to that of energy.”
On quarterback Zach Mettenberger … “When we recruited him and once he committed, we didn’t look back. We really felt like he could throw it. I have to be honest with you, he’s tougher. He’s a better leader and more bought in than some of the quarterbacks we had that had success.”
27 – Kenny Hilliard – Jr. – RB
On his 34-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter … “I saw the pursuit coming over the top and I cut it back. It was a great play and I was able to score. It was a blessing.”
On sharing carries with other running backs … “I feel like anyone one of us can go in and do what we have to do. We just have to be patient and wait until our number is called.”
90 – Anthony Johnson – Jr. – DT
On LSU’s improved play in the second half … “Honestly, we got going a little slow. But we went in there at halftime and said, ‘You know what, it stops here.’ We came out and played our tails off and had a great game.”
On what defensive changes LSU made at halftime … “We made some strategic changes. Coach [John] Chavis came in and made some corrections. We just kept our technique and played hard.”
On LSU’s offensive play this season … “Score for score, I believe our offense is one of the best if not the best in the country. We have the best wide receiver duo in Odell (Beckham Jr.) and Jarvis (Landry).
“We have four running backs who can play great. We are just going to keep fighting for them and they will keep fighting for us.”