No. 10 LSU rebounds to surge past Mississippi St.

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
LSU players pray before the home opener with UAB earlier in the season. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

STARKVILLE, Miss. - While its offense continued to run on all cylinders, the LSU defense found its legs in the second half to key a 59-26 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday night in Davis Wade Stadium.

After a first-half shootout that included 608 yards and 51 combined points - with only five points separating the teams - 10th-ranked LSU (5-1, 2-1 SEC) outscored Mississippi State (2-3, 0-2 SEC) in the second half, 31-3, to earn its 14th straight win in the series.

The victory was head coach Les Miles' 90th at LSU, as the ninth-year head coach became the fastest to the milestone in school history.

Late in the third quarter with LSU leading 31-26, the game turned when the Tigers scored 28-unanswered fourth-quarter points to bounce back from its lone defeat last weekend at Georgia.

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 25-of-29 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. Odell Beckham Jr. had a career night with nine catches for 179 yards and touchdowns of 14 and 33 yards. Jarvis Landry, who played through an injury, had eight catches for 96 yards.

Running back Jeremy Hill ran for 157 yards with touchdown runs of 69 and 5 yards. Kenny Hilliard added 39 yards including a career-best three scores, and Alfred Blue scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Dak Prescott started for Mississippi State at quarterback and was 9-of-20 passing for 106 yards and an interception. He led the Bulldogs with 103 rushing yards and a touchdown. His backup, Tyler Russell, was 7-of-11 passing for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

LSU returns to action Saturday, Oct. 12, when Florida comes to Tiger Stadium for a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff on CBS.