LSU beats Mississippi State 21-19 in SEC opener

LSU beats Mississippi State 21-19 in SEC opener
Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium (Source: WAFB)
Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium (Source: WAFB)

STARKVILLE, MS (WAFB) - LSU tailback Leonard Fournette rushed for a career best 159 yards on a career high 28 carries and scored all three touchdowns, as the 14th-ranked Tigers held on to beat No. 25 Mississippi State 21-19 in Starkville Saturday night.

Fournette gave his team a 14-0 first quarter lead with a 1-yard touchdown out of the Wildcat formation and a 26-yarder when he hurdled a would-be MSU tackler.

LSU (1-0, 1-0) led 14-3 at the half and still had a 21-6 advantage after the sophomore from New Orleans scored his third touchdown in the third quarter.

MSU senior Dak Prescott engineered two late touchdown drives, but misfired on a critical two-point conversion attempt, leaving the Tigers with their final margin of victory.

Brandon Harris threw for 71 yards in the victory, but Travin Dural had two TDs in the first half wiped out by penalties, a 37 yard touchdown pass from Harris and an 89 yard touchdown run.

The Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1) missed a 52 yard yard field goal attempt on the game's final play.

This was the first full game LSU has played so far in 2015 after the season opener against McNeese got canceled due to weather on Sept. 4.

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Scoring Plays:

LSU running back Leonard Fournette runs and dives over the top for a 1-yard TD. (LSU 7, MSU 0 - 4:37 1st)

LSU's Fournette runs for a 26-yard TD. (LSU 14, MSU 0 - 1:58 1st Qtr)

Mississippi State kicker Westin Graves hit a 43-yard FG. (LSU 14, MSU 3 - 0:43 2nd Qtr)

MSU's Graves kicks a 24-yard FG. (LSU 14, MSU 6 - 10:04 3rd Qtr)

LSU's Fournette rushes for an 18-yard TD. (LSU 21, MSU 6 - 6:48 3rd Qtr)

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott runs for a 1-yard TD. (LSU 21, MSU 13 - 14:45 4th Qtr)

MSU's Prescott throws to De'Runnya Wilson for a 5-yard TD. (LSU 21, MSU 19 - 4:00 4th Qtr)

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