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October 5, 2013
STARKVILLE, MISS. - LSU's tailbacks combined for six touchdowns and Zach Mettenberger passed for 340 yards and two scores as the Tigers defeated Mississippi State 59-26 at Davis-Wade Stadium on Saturday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
Score: Kenny Hillliard 3-yard run. Colby Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 7, Mississippi State 0
Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards
Time of Possession: 4:58
Time Remaining: 10:02, first quarter
Key Play: On third-and-13, Mettenberger completed a 24-yard pass to Odell Beckham for a first down at Mississippi State's 27.
Score: Dak Prescott 28-yard run. Pass failed. LSU 7, Mississippi State 6
Drive: 3 plays, 54 yards
Time of Possession: 1:09
Time Remaining: 8:42, first quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Ladarius Perkins ran for 28 yards and a first down at LSU's 26.
Another LSU offensive explosion
Score: Jeremy Hill 69-yard run. Delahoussaye kick. LSU 14, Mississippi State 6
Drive: 3 plays, 77 yards
Time of Possession: 1:19
Time Remaining: 7:18, first quarter
Score: Devon Bell 35-yard field goal. LSU 14, Mississippi State 9
Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards
Time of Possession: 4:14
Time Remaining: 3:04, first quarter
Key Play: On second-and-eight, Prescott completed a 16-yard pass to Joe Morrow for a first down at LSU's 18.
Score: Hilliard 34-yard run. Delahoussaye kick. LSU 21, Mississippi State 9
Drive: 7 plays, 92 yards
Time of Possession: 4:07
Time Remaining: 14:51, second quarter
Key Play: On third-and-one, Hill ran for five yards and a first down at Mississippi State's 40.
Score: Jameon Lewis 20-yard pass from Tyler Russell. Bell PAT. LSU 21, Mississippi State 16
Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards
Time of Possession: 3:22
Time Remaining: 11:29, second quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Russell ran for 15 yards and a first down at Mississippi State's 20.
Score: De'Runnya Wilson 59-yard pass from Russell. Bell PAT. Mississippi State 23, LSU 21
Drive: 2 plays, 73 yards
Time of Possession: :40
Time Remaining: 6:28, second quarter
Score: Beckham 14-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delhoussaye PAT. LSU 28, Mississippi State 23
Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards
Time of Possession: 1:53
Time Remaining: :17, second quarter
Key Play: On third-and-eight, Mettenberger completed an 8-yard pass to Jarvis Landry for a first down at Mississippi State's 14.
Score: Bell 22-yard field goal. LSU 28, Mississippi State 26
Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards
Time of Possession: 2:57
Time Remaining: 12:01, third quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Perkins gained 32 yards for a first down at LSU's 7.
Score: Delahoussaye 29-yard field goal. LSU 31, Mississippi State 26
Drive: 13 plays, 67 yards
Time of Possession: 7:24
Time Remaining: 4:33, third quarter
Key Play: On fourth-and-two, Mettenberger completed a 26-yard pass to Beckham for a first down at Mississippi State's 3.
Score: Beckham 33-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 38, Mississippi State 26
Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards
Time of Possession: 1:34
Time Remaining: 14:50, fourth quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Hill ran for 13 yards and a first down at Mississippi State's 33.
Score: Hill 5-yard run. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 45, Mississippi State 26
Drive: 1 play, 5 yards
Time of Possession: :05
Time Remaining: 14:19, fourth quarter
Key Play: Tre'Davious White intercepted a Prescott pass and returned the ball 40 yards to Mississippi State's 5.
Score: Alfred Blue 18-yard run. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 52, Mississippi State 26
Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards
Time of Possession: 3:44
Time Remaining: 6:46, fourth quarter
Key Play: On second-and-three, Blue ran for two yards. Denico Autry was called for a personal foul which gave LSU a first down at Mississippi State's 22.
Score: Hilliard 4-yard run. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 59, Mississippi State 26
Drive: 6 plays, 25 yards
Time of Possession: 4:13
Time Remaining: 1:21, fourth quarter
Key Play: Louis recovered a fumble by Russell at Mississippi State's 25.
Holding a five point lead at 31-26 late in the third quarter, LSU forced Mississippi State into a 42-yard field goal attempt which was missed by Bell. The Tigers promptly drove 75 yards in five plays for a touchdown to make it a two-possession game. Mettenberger completed a 15-yard pass to Beckham on second-and-ten. Back-to-back carries by Hill accounted for 27 yards. Mettenberger then connected with Beckham for a 33-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth. The Bulldogs never threatened to make it a close game again.
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LSU KEY OFFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Beckham caught a career-high nine passes for a career-best 179 yards and two touchdowns. Landry chipped in with eight catches for 96 yards. Mettenberger completed 25 of 29 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. The 25 completions were a career-high and his 86 percent completion percentage was the fourth highest in a game for a LSU quarterback who threw at least 20 passes. Hill recorded his third 100-yard game of the season with 157 yards on 16 carries. Hilliard ran for a career-high three touchdowns. Blue also had a touchdown run.
LSU KEY DEFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Safety Corey Thompson, who made his first career start, had six tackles and three pass breakups. Linebacker Lamin Barrow also made six tackles, including 1? behind the line of scrimmage. Tackle Anthony Johnson had five tackles, two for losses. White broke up two passes and intercepted one, while safety Ronald Martin had two pass breakups.
LSU MISSED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
There were only three series - all in the second quarter - when the Tigers failed to score points. On just one of those three possessions did LSU have the ball on Mississippi State's side of the field. The Tigers had six red-zone possessions and scored points each time - five touchdowns and one field goal. LSU had to settle for the field goal because of a third-down fumble by Hilliard at the Bulldogs' 1. The Tigers offense was just as productive, if not more so, than last week against Georgia.
LSU CRITICAL MISTAKES
Mettenberger overthrew Hill on a screen pass and the ball was intercepted by Nickoe Whitley. However, Mississippi State got no points from that takeaway. Hilliard' fumble inside the Bulldogs' 1 forced the Tigers to settle for a field goal. The defense had its problems in the first half with numerous missed tackles. White was also beaten by Wilson for a 59-yard touchdown pass.
LSU averaged 8.3 yards per play while gaining 563 yards. The Tigers were efficient on third down by converting six of 11. LSU also was successful on its two fourth-down tries. The Tigers registered three sacks, however Mettenberger was also sacked three times. The four LSU tailbacks combined for 245 yards and six touchdowns on 34 attempts. Each of the four tailbacks - Hill, Hilliard, Blue and Terrence Magee - had a run of at least ten yards. Prescott had a good evening with 103 yards rushing and another 106 yards passing. But, he completed only nine of his 20 pass attempts. Russell, who played for the first time since the season-opener, was 7-of-11 for 146 yards and two touchdowns. All three of the Tigers' sacks came against Russell. Lewis caught seven passes for 111 yards and one touchdown for Mississippi State.
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For the first time in school history, LSU has gained at least 400 yards in each of the first six games of the season. . .The Tigers passed for 300-plus yards in back-to-back games for the first time in five years. In 2008, LSU threw for 316 yards against Troy and 307 yards against Ole Miss. . .The Tigers scored 40 points in consecutive Southeastern Conference road games for the first time in six years. LSU scored 41 points against both Alabama and Ole Miss in away games in 2007. . .The 59 points scored by the Tigers were their most in a SEC game in 16 seasons. LSU beat Kentucky 63-28 in 1997. . .The Tigers' 563 yards were their most in a SEC road game in 12 years. LSU gained 601 yards in a victory at Alabama in 2001. . .The Tigers scored 28 fourth-quarter points - their most in the final period since they scored 30 points against Troy in 2008. . .The Tigers extended their winning streak against the Bulldogs to 14 games. LSU has won 21 of its last 22 games against Mississippi State. . .Since Les Miles became coach, LSU is now 21-1 in games following a loss. . .Mettenberger now has 28 career touchdown passes - one short of putting him in the Tigers' top ten. . .Beckham recorded the fourth 100-yard game of the season and the sixth of his career. . .Beckham's 179 receiving yards were the most for a LSU receiver in a SEC game in 11 seasons. Devery Henderson had 201 receiving yards in the 'Bluegrass Miracle' game at Kentucky in 2002. . .Landry did not catch a touchdown pass which ended his streak at seven games. Landry and Dwayne Bowe share the record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception. . .Hill's 69-yard touchdown run was the longest for a LSU player in a SEC game in three years. Jordan Jefferson had an 83-yard scoring run against Tennessee in 2010. . .White's interception was his first of his career. . .Connor Neighbors made his first career start at fullback. . .Louis had the first fumble recovery of his career, while Christian LaCouture had his first career sack. . .LSU's record is 5-1, 2-1 in the SEC. Mississippi State is 2-3, 0-2 in the conference. . .The paid attendance was 57,113 - the fifth highest in Bulldogs history.
WHAT THE HEAD COACH HAD TO SAY
Les Miles: "Coming off a loss, it becomes a personal commitment and a responsibility. Our guys did that. They came to practice, busted their butts and did what they needed to do to improve. You saw some defensive stops and some defensive plays. We weren't perfect in any way on defense, but we are a young team that's coming. Offensively, we continue to throw the football efficiently and for big plays. It becomes very difficult for defenses to have extra guys hanging around the line of scrimmage. They back them up and we can run the football."
LSU will play host to Florida next Saturday at Tiger Stadium. The Gators (4-1, 3-0) defeated Arkansas 30-10 on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS.