Unbeaten but unranked Mississippi State pushed around No. 8 LSU on its home field and got a 34-29 win Saturday, as the Bulldogs got the best of the Tigers for the first time in 15 years.
Going into the game, LSU had outscored opponents by 108 straight points. However, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott didn't think much of it and took his team 51 yards down the field on its first drive that was capped off with a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson. He caught four passes for 91 yards.
LSU's offense struggled most of the game to get those points back. The Tigers' defense managed to sack Prescott on back-to-back plays in the first quarter. Defensive end Danielle Hunter took Prescott down for a 6-yard loss and then cornerback Dwayne Thomas got to him for a 7-yard loss.
The LSU offense did have one spark in the form of a trick play. Running back Terrence Magee, who played quarterback at Franklinton in high school, took a pitch and then tossed a pass to wide receiver Malachi Dupre for a 44-yard gain. However, running backs Darrel Williams, Leonard Fournette, Kenny Hilliard, along with quarterback Anthony Jennings, were denied by the Bulldog defense when they tried to push it in from the 2-yard line.
Mississippi State, on the other hand, benefitted from running back Josh Robinson, a former teammate of Magee's at Franklinton High. He scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead and finished with 197 yards on 16 carries. LSU was down 17-3 at halftime.
In the second half, the Tigers thought they might be able to get back into the game, especially after linebacker Kwon Alexander forced Prescott to cough up the ball and Hunter recovered it. He raced 25 yards to pay dirt to cut the lead to 17-10.
The defense was not able to make plays when it counted later in the game, allowing Mississippi State to convert on third down time-after-time. On a third and three, Prescott slashed through the LSU defense on his way to a 56-yard touchdown run. The score gave the Bulldogs a 24-10 lead.
Then, later on a third and seven, Prescott was once again poison for the Tiger defense. He scrambled around to buy time and threw to a wide open Jameon Lewis for a 74-yard touchdown strike. Mississippi State went up 31-10 and added a field goal later for a 34-10 lead. Prescott finished the game 15 of 24 passing for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 105 yards and another touchdown.
Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris made things interesting by throwing two touchdown passes to wide receiver Malachi Dupre. The first was from 31 yards out and the second was from 30.
“I think that Mississippi State played extremely well,” LSU head coach Les Miles said. “I think what we'll do and when we're looking at the abilities we have as a team, I think it'll be about our change and what we have to do to fix us. So, I don't know if that takes away anything from a very quality performance by Mississippi State.
Many Tiger fans will be watching to see if Harris showed enough against the Bulldogs to win the starting quarterback job from Jennings.
The Tigers face New Mexico State at home next week and then travel to Florida and Auburn the following two weeks.Scoring Drives:
LSU QB Brandon Harris throws a 30-yard TD pass to WR Malachi Dupre. (MSU 34, LSU 29 - 4th QTR)
LSU QB Brandon Harris throws a 31-yard TD pass to WR Malachi Dupre. The two-point conversion attempt is no good. (MSU 34, LSU 22 - 4th QTR)
LSU RB Kenny Hilliard scores on a 1-yard TD run. The two-point conversion attempt is no good. (MSU 34, LSU 16 - 4th QTR)
MSU's Sobiesk kicks a 28-yard FG. (MSU 34, LSU 10 - 4th QTR)
MSU's Dak Prescott throws a 74-yard TD pass to Jameon Lewis. (MSU 31, LSU 10 - 3rd QTR)
Mississippi State QB Prescott runs for a 56-yard TD. (MSU 24, LSU 10 - 3rd QTR)
LSU's Danielle Hunter picks up a fumble that was forced by Kwon Alexander and scored 25-yard TD. (MSU 17, LSU 10 - 3rd QTR)LSU's Colby Delahoussaye kicks a 30-yard FG. (MSU 17, LSU 3 - 2nd QTR)
Mississippi State's Evan Sobiesk kicks a 27-yard FG. (MSU 17, LSU 0 - 2nd QTR)
Mississippi State's RB Josh Robinson runs for a 3-yard TD. (MSU 14, LSU 0 - 1st QTR)
Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott throws a 9-yard TD pass to WR De'Runnya Wilson. (MSU 7, LSU 0 - 1st QTR)
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