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LSU 19

Game Notes


STARKVILLE, Miss . . – For three-plus quarters, Mississippi State did an excellent job of keeping LSU’s potent offense out of the end zone . .Unfortunately for the No 25 Bulldogs, the Tigers’ D was just a tad bit more masterful . In front of a raucous crowd of 56,925 on Thursday night, the third largest in Scott Field history, No 3 LSU continued its winning ways against MSU with a 19-6 slugfest victory to claim its 12th-consecutive win in this storied series that dates back to 1913 .

However, it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that this nationallytelevised ESPN showdown was decided . With the Tigers leading 9-6 following a 41-yard field goal by Drew Alleman with 1:46 to play in the third quarter, LSU scored the game’s lone touchdown three minutes into the fourth when Jarrett Lee connected with Rueben Randle from 19 yards out for a 16-6 lead .

It was a hole that proved too deep for the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-2) to climb out .

“Our guys played tough, played physical,” third-year MSU coach Dan Mullen said . .“We just needed to make a few more plays .”

As for the rest of the scoring, all credit goes to both placekickers .

LSU, which travels to West Virginia next week, initiated all scoring on an Alleman 21-yard field goal with 5:42 left in the first quarter . 
However, the Bulldogs answered on their following possession when Derek DePasquale cleared the uprights to even the game at 3-apiece with 4 seconds left in the opening frame .

Then in the second quarter, Alleman struck again, this time from 42 yards to give LSU a 6-3 advantage, a score that stood at intermission .

In the third quarter, though, Mississippi State tied the game again when DePasquale drained his 42-yard attempt, the 25th of his career .

And of course, it’s only fitting the game’s scoring would end with a field goal, a 29-yarder by Alleman with 2:53 remaining . Again, credit both defenses .

MSU, which returns home at 6 p .m . .on Sept . .24 against Louisiana Tech, entered the game leading the SEC in total offense at 588 .0, while LSU’s average stood at 336 .5 .

On Thursday, though, the Bulldogs didn’t come close to reaching that total as they accumulated just 193 yards, their lowest in the Dan Mullen era .

“We just never got into a rhythm,” Mullen said . . “We had our opportunities, but our playmakers just have to make plays .”



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