BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Despite two fumbles in the second half by running back Leonard Fournette, No. 20 LSU held on to beat Mississippi State 23-20 in its SEC opener Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.
Fournette carried the ball 28 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He even threw a pass, but it was an incompletion.
In his first start for the Tigers, quarterback Danny Etling completed 19 of his 30 attempts for 215 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a 37-yard pass to wide receiver D.J. Chark in the first quarter.
Etling distributed the ball to just about every player possible. Seven different Tigers caught passes. Malachi Dupre led them with four catches for 54 yards. Travin Dural and Fournette also each caught four passes. Chark had three catches for 52 yards. He also took care of the ball by not turning it over and ran three times for 23 yards, including a 12-yard scamper.
LSU's defense recorded six sacks in the game.
LSU QB Danny Etling completes pass to WR D.J. Chark for a 37-yard touchdown. PAT good. LSU - 7, Miss. St. - 0 (1st Qtr.)
LSU RB Leonard Fournette rushes 5 yards for a touchdown. PAT good. LSU - 14, Miss. St. - 0 (1st Qtr.)
LSU RB Leonard Fournette rushes 25 yards for a touchdown. PAT no good. LSU - 20, Miss. St. - 0 (2nd Qtr.)
Miss. St. K Westin Graves makes a 41-yard field goal. LSU - 20, Miss. St. - 3 (2nd Qtr.)
LSU K Colby Delahoussaye makes a 27-yard field goal. LSU - 23, Miss. St. - 3 (2nd Qtr.)
Miss. St. K Westin Graves makes a 37-yard field goal. LSU - 23, Miss. St. - 6 (3rd Qtr.)
Miss. St. QB Damian Williams rushes 1 yard for a touchdown. PAT good. LSU - 23, Miss. St. - 13 (4th Qtr.)
Miss. St. QB Damian Williams completes a pass to WR Fred Ross for a 7-yard touchdown. PAT good. LSU - 23, Miss. St. - 20 (4th Qtr.)