Recapping No. 22 MSU’s 37-17 loss to No. 9 LSU on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.
BATON ROUGE | Mississippi State lost its third in a row this season, 13th in a row to LSU, and 11th straight at Tiger Stadium. Unlike the previous two games, against Alabama and Texas A&M, this one wasn’t sealed up until the fourth quarter.
MSU trailed 30-17 in the fourth quarter and had reached LSU’s 15-yard line, but then Tyler Russell was sacked on third and fourth down. Right tackle Charles Siddoway was beaten badly by defensive end Barkevious Mingo on the second one, which came with 6:26 on the clock to preserve the Tigers’ lead.
Those were the only times tonight Russell was sacked, as the offensive line gave him plenty of time to do his thing. Russell was 26 of 38 for 295 yards, one touchdown and one (late) interception. Good as Russell was, so was his LSU counterpart Zach Mettenberger, who was 19 of 30 for 273 yards, two TDs and no picks. Mettenberger directed an 11-play, 80-yard drive in the third quarter to give LSU its 30-17 lead. He hit passes of 22 and 27 yards on the possession.
On the drive prior to that one, MSU had the ball at LSU’s 48-yard line, but Russell was stuffed on a third-and-2 quarterback sneak.
MSU gained 351 total yards, with just 47 on the ground. It was the third consecutive game MSU was held below 100 rushing yards.
Chad Bumphis led the receiving corps with 140 yards and a TD on nine catches. His 14-yard scoring grab brought State within 20-17 early in the third quarter. That was Russell’s 17th TD pass of the season, breaking Derrick Taite‘s single-season school record set in 1995.
LSU finished with 392 total yards, including 119 rushing. That’s 81 yards below its average coming in. Jarvis Landry led the receivers with nine catches for 109 yards and a TD. His 19-yard scoring catch gave LSU a 13-7 lead in the second quarter.
MSU was down 13-10 and feeling pretty good late in the first half, but the Tigers covered 71 yards in four plays and 35 seconds, and Mettenberger hit Spencer Ware for a 20-yard touchdown and 20-10 halftime lead.
I’ll have some postgame videos up shortly.
MSU – Marcus Green 9 pass from Dak Prescott (Devon Bell kick), 6:41 (10 plays, 74 yards, 4:43)
LSU – Drew Alleman 28 field goal, :11 (12 plays, 48 yards, 6:21)
LSU – Alleman 26 field goal, 7:59 (12 plays, 67 yards, 5:22)
LSU – Jarvis Landry 19 pass from Zach Mettenberger (Alleman kick), 5:31 (3 plays, 21 yards, 1:38)
MSU – Bell 47 field goal, :48 (9 plays, 45 yards, 4:43)
LSU – Spencer Ware 20 pass from Mettenberger (Alleman kick), :13 (4 plays, 71 yards, :35)
MSU – Chad Bumphis 14 pass from Tyler Russell (Bell kick), 12:52 (1 play, 29 yards, :14)
LSU – Alleman 41 field goal, 8:29 (10 plays, 45 yards, 4:13)
LSU – J.C. Copeland 1 run (Alleman kick), :11 (11 plays, 80 yards, 4:25)
LSU – Craig Loston 100 INT return (Alleman kick), 1:13