MSU NOTEBOOK: Tigers extend streak

Mississippi State LogoBy Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – LSU extended its dominance over Mississippi State over the last three decades.

The Tigers downed MSU 59-26 for their 14th consecutive victory in the series and have now won 21 of the last 22 games. The Bulldogs have just three wins over LSU since 1985.

“I give their kids credit,” said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. “We had guys in position and their kids made some spectacular plays throughout the whole day. That’s what you do to win football games at this level.”

The 26 points scored by the Bulldogs was the second-most during the current 14-game losing streak. MSU lost in overtime 45-38 in Baton Rouge in 2000.

LSU now leads the overall series 71-33-3 and are 21-1 under Les Miles following a loss.

Familiar faces

MSU WR coach Billy Gonzales coached at LSU from 2010-11 while LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley spent 2004-06 coaching in Starkville. LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson was part of Mullen’s initial staff in 2009 but left for Tennessee prior to the season and never coached a down for the Bulldogs.

State junior wide receiver Jameon Lewis’ father, Roy Walker, played defensive back for LSU in the mid-90’s. LSU junior tight end Travis Dickson’s dad Dick Dickson lettered at MSU in 1976.

Key drive

Following a 35 day layoff due to a concussion, Tyler Russell led MSU on an eight play, 75-yard drive to start the second quarter. Russell tossed a 20-yard touchdown to Jameon Lewis to tie the school’s career record.

Key number

608 – The amount of total offense produced by both schools in the first half resulting in 51 points. LSU accounted for 334 yards and led 28-23 at halftime.

Quotable

“When you start to lose momentum against a really good team, you’ve got to make plays. We battled and battled but were unable to comeback on that last bit of momentum they had there at the very end. That’s where the game was decided.” – MSU coach Dan Mullen

Next weekend

Mississippi State takes on Bowling Green for homecoming at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. Dan Mullen served as quarterbacks coach for the Falcons 2001-02.

Bulldog Bites

Senior safety Nickoe Whitley is tied for the lead among active FBS players with 13 career interceptions…True freshman defensive tackle Chris Jones recorded his first career sack…Senior quarterback Tyler Russell became MSU’s all-time leading passer with 39 career touchdown throws…Russell is 33 of 49 for 441 yards and three touchdowns against LSU the last two seasons…The 57,113 in attendance was the fifth-largest crowd at Davis Wade Stadium…It was the 26th consecutive sellout for the Bulldogs…Redshirt freshman DE A.J. Jefferson had his first career forced fumble…Junior defensive end Preston Smith recorded two sacks…In the past three games sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott has accounted for 841 yards of total offense averaging 280.3 per contest.