September 15, 2011

Dogs drop another one to LSU

STARKVILLE, Miss., - After all of the preseason expectations and hype, Mississippi State is right back to where they were a year ago.

The Bulldogs began the 2010 season 1-2 winning the opener followed up by two-straight league losses to Auburn and LSU. The third-ranked Tigers made that identical 2011 record a reality Thursday night with a 19-6 win in front of 56,924 fans at Davis Wade Stadium.

"Their guys made plays and ours didn't," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "Really that's the bottom line of the football game. I thought our guys played tough; played physical. We needed to make a play defensively."

LSU picked up its first conference win and improved to 3-0 o the season. The Tigers, who won their 12-straight game against State, totaled 361 yards on the evening gaining 213 yards through the air and another 148 on the ground.

"I think we did the things we needed to do to win," said LSU head coach Les Miles. "I think we throw the football better than we did and I think we have pieces of the offense that are not necessarily visible. At this point we are kind of playing to the strengths of the defense and getting some first downs and making some plays in the sense that will allow us to run."

LSU senior quarterback Jarrett Lee hit on 21-of-27 passing for 213 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

"Those guys were physical up front and weren't giving us anything," Lee said. "We had to start off really working the short passing game and the run. Eventually we got some things opened up, but it was definitely a grind against that defense."

Sophomore tailback Spencer Ware churned out 107 yards on 22 totes for the Tigers.

"They saw film of us last year and knew what we wanted to do," Ware said. "They came out and stuffed everything in the beginning. We had to open things up and get plays out on the edge and that's what got the inside runs opening up for us."

True freshman Odell Beckham Jr. led the Tigers with eight catches for 61 yards while junior Rueben Randle hauled in six passes for 98 yards and the game's only touchdown.

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