I have arrived in the press box for Mississippi State’s home and SEC opener against LSU. Campus is already a buzz with people excited to get this one kicked off, which won’t happen until 8:20 p.m. tonight on ESPN. I wrapped up what should be my final radio interview of the week and hopefully it’s all downhill from here. Deadline will be tight tonight but we expect to have our full coverage in tomorrow’s paper barring overtime. I’ve got Kedrick Storey from the Southern Sentinel along with me for tonight’s game helping out.
I’ll be here for the duration so stay tuned for updates throughout the night.
The Bulldogs have arrived and the payers are walking the field.
LSU is wearing yellow helmets with purple facemasks, white jerseys and yellow pants.
Former Bulldogs Jay Hughes and Christian Holmes are on the sidelines for tonight’s game.
The men’s basketball team and new head coach Ben Howland are being recognized on the field.
MSU cornerback Taveze Calhoun was announced as a starter for tonight’s game, he missed last week’s game with a knee injury.
If Davis Wade Stadium had a roof on it the fans would’ve blown it off when Dak Prescott was announced.
Former MSU first round draft pick Walt Harris is tonight’s honorary captain.
Tonight’s game will begin on ESPNU.
Bulldogs are coming onto the field to Chris Jericho’s theme. I like it.
Calhoun is dressed out for tonight’s game.
LSU won the toss and deferred until the second half. MSU will receive to start the game.
MSU is wearing glossy maroon helmets with white facemasks, maroon jerseys and white pants.
Prescott completes the first play from scrimmage to Fred Ross for 9 yards.
MSU’s first drive yields one first down.
Calhoun does not start at cornerback. Tolando Cleveland does.
LSU runs three straight times with Leonard Fournette and are forced to punt on its opening drive.
Former SEC commish Mike Slive is being honored here tonight.
Calhoun debuts on the second series.
Harris with a 38-yard touchdown pass but it’s called back due to holding.
Leonard Fournette with a 1-yard touchdown run. Trent Domingue PAT, 7-0 LSU 4:37 1st
Fournette with a 26-yard touchdown run. Domingue PAT, 14-0 LSU 1:58 1st
END 1ST QUARTER: LSU 14, MISSISSIPPI STATE 0
Cory Thomas getting in the game for the first time.
Travin Dural has his second touchdown called back due to a holding penalty tonight.
Winston Chapman on the tackle on the punt return and hobbles off the field.
Westin Graves with a 43-yard field goal, 14-3 LSU 0:43 2nd
Richie Brown with a sack
HALFTIME: LSU 14, MISSISSIPPI STATE 3
Key halftime stats:
1st Downs: LSU 8, MSU 7
Rushing yards: LSU 121; MSU 21
Passing yards: LSU 56, MSU 88
Total yards: LSU 177, MSU 109
Penalties: LSU 4-50; MSU 3-25
Possession time: LSU 16:31; MSU 12:29
Rushing: LSU – Leonard Fournette 13-60 2 TD; MSU – Brandon Holloway 3-27
Passing: LSU – Brandon Harris 5-8-56-0-0; MSU – Dak Prescott 11-20-88-0-0
Receiving: LSU – Malachi Dupre 2-22, DeSean Smith 1-23; MSU – Gus Walley 3-24, Ashton Shumpert 2-27
Tackles: LSU – Kendell Beckwith 6; MSU – Richie Brown 6
Graves with a 24-yard field goal, 14-6 LSU 10:04 3rd
Fournette with an 18-yard touchdown run. Domingue PAT, 21-6 LSU 6:48 3rd
END 3RD QUARTER: LSU 21, MSU 6
Prescott 1-yard touchdown run. Graves PAT, 21-13 LSU 14:45 4th.
Big time tackle for loss by A.J. Jefferson on a reverse.
Prescott with a 6-yard touchdown pass to De’Runnya Wilson. The Bulldogs try to tie it but the 2-point conversion pass to Ashton Shumpert is incomplete, 21-19 4:00 4th.
Devon Bell misses a 52-yard field goal as time expires.
FINAL: NO. 14 LSU 21, NO. 25 MISSISSIPPI STATE 19