Welcome to the campus of Mississippi State University. Starkville’s been a crowded place the past two days with Bulldog Bash featuring The Black Crowes. I’m here early because I’ve got two pregame interviews set up – one on WWL in New Orleans with Deke Bellavia and Bobby Hebert and the other on WFCA with Jason Crowder and Jonathan Holmes. It’s also my birthday so I guess I’ll be celebrating with 55,082 other folks at my party.
I’ll be updating throughout the night so stay tuned…
The LSU Tigers have arrived at the stadium.
The Bulldogs are here now as well going through the Dawg Walk. It’s pretty packed in the Junction today. We won’t find out until the game begins which quarterback Dan Mullen will go with.
MSU will wear its glossy maroon helmets with maroon face masks, maroon jerseys and white pants. The Bulldogs will also have on pink cleats and accessories in support of breast cancer awareness.
LSU will be clad in its classic gold headgears, white jerseys and gold pants. Both teams specialists are out on the field warming up.
Dak Prescott is taking snaps from starting center Dillon Day while Tyler Russell is working with back-up snapper Dylan Holley during pre-game warm-ups.
Here are a few changes to the starting lineups – For MSU, Holley will start at center for Day, P.J. Jones will start at defensive tackle for Chris Jones and Taveze Calhoun will start at cornerback for Cedric Jiles. For LSU, Kwon Alexander will start at linebacker for Tahj Jones and Corey Thompson will start at safety for Craig Loston.
No starting quarterback was announced for the Bulldogs on the video board. The suspense continues…
Former MSU quarterback John Bond serves as today’s honorary captain. He was 4-0 vs. LSU.
There was a moment of silence before the national anthem for former MSU outfielder Dan Van Cleve, who passed away on Thursday.
MSU has won the toss and deferred until the second half.
LSU marches 75 yards in 10-plays on the opening drive. Kenny Hilliard scored on a 4-yard run. Colby Delahoussaye PAT, 7-0 LSU 10:02 1st. Appeared the Tigers got away with a hold on that TD run. Fans here weren’t happy.
Prescott starts the game at quarterback for the Bulldogs.
Jameon Lewis returns the ensuing kickoff 46-yards. His dad, Roy Walker, played at LSU. The Bulldogs first play from scrimmage is a 28-yard run by LaDarius Perkins. Perkins missed last year’s LSU game due to injury.
Prescott scored on a 28-yard scramble. His two-point conversion pass fell incomplete, 7-6 LSU 8:42 1st.
Jeremy Hill with a 69-yard touchdown run right up the gut of the MSU defense. Delahoussaye PAT, 14-6 7:18 1st.
Devon Bell 35-yard field goal, 14-9 LSU 3:04 1st. That was Bell’s first field goal from 30-39 yards after missing three from that distance.
END 1st – LSU 14, MSU 9
Hilliard with a 34-yard touchdown run. Delahoussaye PAT, 21-9 LSU 14:51 2nd
Russell starts the second quarter at quarterback for MSU.
Russell is sacked on the first play from scrimmage.
Russell with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Lewis. Bell PAT, 21-16 11:29 2nd. That touchdown ties Russell with Derrick Taite on the school’s all-time passing touchdown list with 38.
Nickoe Whitley picked off Mettenberger at the LSU 35-yard line. That’s his 13th career INT, tied for the most among active FBS players.
Russell with a 59-yard touchdown pass to De’Runnya Wilson. Bell PAT, 23-21 MSU 6:28 2nd. That was Wilson first career touchdown and sets the school record for Russell.
Mettenberger with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. Dellahoussaye PAT, 28-23 LSU, 0:17 2nd.
HALFTIME: LSU 28, MSU 23
Key Halftime Stats:
First downs: LSU 15; MSU 11
Rushing yards: LSU 123; MSU 132
Passing yards: LSU 211; MSU 142
Total yards: LSU 334; MSU 274
Turnovers: LSU 1; MSU 0
Penalties: LSU 2-12; MSU 2-17
Possession time: LSU 16:34; MSU 13:26
Rushing: LSU – Jeremy Hill 9-94-TD; MSU – Dak Prescott 4-59-TD
Passing: LSU – Zach Mettenberger 16-20-211-1-1; MSU – Tyler Russell 5-8-117-2-0
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Receiving: LSU – Odell Beckham Jr. 6-105-TD, Jarvis Landry 6-78; MSU – Jameon Lewis 3-54-TD, De’Runnya Wilson 1-59-TD
Tackles: LSU – Corey Thompson 5; MSU – Jamerson Love 5
Prescott starts the second half at quarterback for MSU.
Bell 22-yard field goal, 28-26 LSU 12:01 3rd.
Love was injured and had to be helped off the field.
A.J. Jefferson with a huge forced fumble on 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line. I thought Dee Arrington got it but I’m not the official scorer.
Delahoussaye with a 29-yard field goal, 31-26 LSU 4:33 3rd.
Bell missed a 42-yard field goal wide left.
END 3rd Quarter: LSU 31, MSU 26
Mettenberger with a 33-yard touchdown to Beckham Jr. Delahoussaye PAT, 38-26 LSU 14:50 4th
Prescott picked off by Tre’Davious White and returned to the MSU 5-yard line.
Hill with a 5-yard touchdown run. Delahoussaye PAT, 45-26 LSU 14:19 4th.
Right guard Ben Beckwith shaken up. The Bulldogs have already lost Justin Malone for the season.
Left tackle Blaine Clausell also had to be helped off the field.
Defensive end Preston Smith is hurt as well.
Alfred Blue with a 17-yard touchdown run. Delahoussaye PAT, 52-26 LSU 6:46 4th.
Russell fumbled an option pitch and is recovered by Lamar Louis at the MSU 24-yard line.
Hilliard with a 4-yard touchdown run. Delahoussaye PAT, 59-26 1:21 4th
FINAL: LSU 59, MSU 26