Late Bulldog rally comes up short

LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark (82) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of Mississippi State defensive back Jamoral Graham (9) in the first half. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark (82) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of Mississippi State defensive back Jamoral Graham (9) in the first half. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La., – Mississippi State’s fourth quarter rally fell short Saturday night at LSU.

Trailing 23-3 at halftime, the Bulldogs shutout LSU in the second half and scored two touchdowns in a 42-second span in the fourth quarter but were unable to complete the comeback in a 23-20 loss.

Damian Williams relieved Nick Fitzgerald in the final quarter to lead both MSU touchdown drives.

The Bulldogs took advantage of a fumble and scored on a 1-yard run by Williams. Dez Harris recovered the onside kick and two plays later Mississippi State found paydirt again when Williams found Fred Ross from 7-yards out.

The Bulldogs’ defense got a stop with 2:15 remaining but were unable to move the chains.

EXTRA POINTS

TURNING POINT:

Late in the first quarter and down 7-0, MSU viper Johnathan Calvin was flagged for running into the kicker on a field goal giving the Tigers a first down. LSU running back Leonard Fournette ended up scoring three plays later on a 5-yard touchdown run after the drive was extended which proved to be the difference in the ballgame.

POINT MAN:

LSU’s Leonard Fournette rushed 28 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Fournette averaged 5.2 yards per carry after missing last week’s game with an ankle injury.

TALKING POINT:

“I like the effort our guys played with in the end. We just came up short. – MSU coach Dan Mullen.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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