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