Dak Prescott accounted for 373 yards and three touchdowns to lead Mississippi State to a 34-29 victory against LSU in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.
HOW THEY SCORED
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Mississippi State 7, LSU 0
Score: De'Runnya Wilson 9-yard pass from Prescott. Evan Sobiesk kick. Drive: 51 yards in 6 plays. Time of Possession: 2:10. Time Remaining: 10:47. Key Play: On first-and-ten, Prescott completed a 25-yard pass to Malcolm Johnson for a first down at LSU's 26.
Mississippi State 14, LSU 0
Score: Josh Robinson 3-yard run. Sobiesk kick. Drive: 98 yards in 5 plays. Time of Possession: 1:21. Time Remaining: :45. Key Play: On first-and-ten, Prescott completed a 44-yard pass to Wilson for a first down at LSU's 3.
Mississippi State 17, LSU 0
Score: Sobiesk 27-yard field goal. Drive: 73 yards in 5 plays. Time of Possession: 2:11. Time Remaining: 9:26. Key Play: On first-and-ten, Prescott ran 66 yards for a first down at LSU's 17.
Mississippi State 17, LSU 3
Score: Colby Delahoussaye 30-yard field goal. Drive: 45 yards in 8 plays. Time of Possession: 2:36. Key Play: On second-and-eight, Anthony Jennings completed a 22-yard pass to Travin Dural for a first down at Mississippi State's 15.
Mississippi State 17, LSU 10
Score: Danielle Hunter 25-yard fumble return. Delahoussaye kick. Time Remaining: 14:48.
Mississippi State 24, LSU 10
Score: Prescott 56-yard run. Sobiesk kick. Drive: 75 yards in 6 plays. Time of Possession: 2:13. Time Remaining: 12:44. Key Play: On third-and-ten, Prescott completed a 12-yard pass to Wilson for a first down at Mississippi State's 37.
Mississippi State 31, LSU 10
Score: Jameon Lewis 74-yard pass from Prescott. Sobiesk kick. Drive: 77 yards in 3 plays. Time of Possession: 1:12. Time Remaining: 9:35.
Mississippi State 34, LSU 10
Score: Sobiesk 28-yard field goal. Drive: 88 yards in 16 plays. Time of Possession: 5:33. Time Remaining: 14:49. Key Play: On first-and-ten, Prescott completed a 21-yard pass to Lewis for a first down at LSU's 18.
Mississippi State 34, LSU 16
Score: Kenny Hilliard 1-yard run. Run failed. Drive: 67 yards in 7 plays. Time of Possession: 2:09. Time Remaining: 12:34. Key Play: On first-and-ten, Jennings completed a 49-yard pass to Dural for a first down at Mississippi State's 7.
Mississippi State 34, LSU 22
Score: Malachi Dupre 31-yard pass from Brandon Harris. Run failed. Drive: 95 yards in 6 plays. Time of Possession: 1:48. Time Remaining: 1:55. Key play: On second-and-ten, Harris completed a 25-yard pass to Darrel Williams for a first down at Mississippi State's 31.
Mississippi State 34, LSU 29
Score: Dupre 30-yard pass from Harris. Delahoussaye kick. Drive: 30 yards in 2 plays. Time of Possession: :16. Time Remaining: 1:27. Key Play: Dwayne Thomas recovered a bad shotgun snap at Mississippi State's 30.
KEY TEAM STATISTICS
Mississippi State gained 570 yards with 302 coming on the ground. The Bulldogs averaged 7.8 yards per play. Mississippi State averaged 6.2 yards per running play. . .LSU finished with just 89 net yards rushing. . .The Tigers gained 341 yards through the air. . .LSU was just 2-of-13 on third-down situations. . .The Tigers allowed three sacks.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
Prescott rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries and completed 15 of 24 passes for 268 yards. . .Robinson rushed for 197 yards on 16 attempts. . .Lewis made five catches for 116 yards. . .Jennings completed 13 of 26 passes for 157 yards. . .Harris was 6-of-9 for 140 yards. . .Dural caught six passes for 124 yards. . .Dupre gained 120 yards on four receptions. . .Jamie Keehn averaged 51.1 yards on eight punts. . .Both Kwon Alexander and Ronald Martin were credited with 13 tackles. . .Hunter recorded one sack besides his one fumble recovery which resulted in a touchdown. . .Mississippi State's Preston Smith made five tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage.
LSU MISSED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
The Tigers failed to score just once when they had the ball deep in Bulldogs territory. But, it was an important one - late in the first quarter. Trailing 7-0, LSU moved inside Mississippi State's 10 on a 44-yard halfback pass from Terrence Magee to Dupre. A pass interference call on Will Redmond gave the Tigers a first down at the Bulldogs' 2. But, four running plays netted no yards. Williams had no gain on first down. Leonard Fournette picked up a yard before Hilliard was dropped for a 1-yard loss. On fourth down, Jennings gained nothing on an option play. The only other time LSU ran a play in Mississippi State territory and didn't score was on the last play of the game when Harris' Hail Mary pass was intercepted at the Bulldogs' 1 by Redmond.
The loss was LSU's first in a SEC opener in eight years. LSU lost at Auburn in its first conference game in 2006. . .The Tigers' 14-game winning streak against Mississippi State ended. . .LSU also lost at home to Mississippi State for the first time since 1991. . .The Tigers were beaten at home in a night game for just the third time since Les Miles became coach. The other two defeats came against No. 1-ranked teams - Florida in 2009 and Alabama in 2012. . .Harris has thrown three touchdown passes this season - all to Dupre. . .Dural equaled his career high in pass receptions with six. He had the third 100-yard receiving game of the season. . .Both Dural and Dupre had 100-yard receiving games. LSU had two 100-yard receivers in a game for the 13th time in school history. Both Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry had 100-yard receiving games twice last year - against TCU and Georgia. . .Hunter's fumble return for a touchdown was the first for a Tigers player in three seasons. Tyrann Mathieu returned a fumble 23 yards for a touchdown against Kentucky in 2011. . .Martin's 13 tackles were a career high. Alexander's 13 tackles were one short of his career best. . .The paid attendance was 102,321.
LES MILES' COMMENTS
"We kind of misfired on offense at times. Probably a half dozen times on defense, we were in poor position. There were a couple of plays that Mississippi State makes on a scramble throw that the coverage we had called should have covered it. They got unbelievable play from their quarterback. We are certainly going to look and review the film for some things that we need to change. We need to make calls better and communication needs to happen more cleanly."
LSU will play host to New Mexico State at Tiger Stadium in the final non-conference game of the season Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. The Aggies (2-2) lost to New Mexico 38-35 on Saturday night in Las Cruces. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.