Defense, Cole Tracy lead LSU to 19-3 homecoming win over MSU

Devin White suspended for 1st half of Alabama game

Information provided by

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - No. 5 LSU contained 22nd-ranked Mississippi State, relied on its stellar defense and the right foot of placekicker Cole Tracy to earn a 19-3 victory on a wet Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC) built a 10-3 halftime lead before pitching a second-half shutout.

Overshadowing the Tigers' fourth victory over ranked opponents in 2018 was a fourth-quarter targeting call on junior linebacker Devin White following a hit on Bulldogs' quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. White's penalty was confirmed by video review, he was ejected from the game and will miss the first half of the Tigers' next contest against No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 3.

By rule, no player shall target and make forcible contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent. The QB on the play was defenseless at the time of the contact. By rule, all targeting calls are reviewed. The call was reviewed and confirmed.
Statement from SEC Office on targeting call on LSU player Devin White in response to request for comment from media in Baton Rouge:

White, safety Grant Delpit and linebacker Jacob Phillips each had 10 tackles against Fitzgerald and the run-heavy Bulldogs. Delpit had two of LSU’s four interceptions along with a the Tigers' only sack.

LSU runnin back Nick Brossette eclipsed 1,000 career yards and finished with 57 on 17 carries and the game's only touchdown. Quarterback Joe Burrow was 16-of-28 passing for 129 yards with an interception. Eight different receivers had catches for the Tigers, and Dee Anderson led the way with three receptions for 29 yards.

Placekicker Cole Tracy continued to move up the LSU record book, becoming the first Tiger to kick nine field goals in a two-game span. Tracy made all four of his attempts - 25, 38, 29 and 40 yards - and now had 21 field goals in 2018.

Fitzgerald finished with 131 rushing yards, but only had 79 on 20 carries after ripping off 53 on conseutive runs on the Bulldogs' second drive of the game. He was 8-of-24 passing for 59 yards, 40 of which came on his final drive of the night. Running back Kylin Hill added 42 yards for the Bulldogs.

Follow Jacques Doucet and WAFB 9Sports on Twitter.


N. Brossette run for 1 yd for a TD, (C. Tracy KICK): LSU 7 - 0 MSST

J. Christmann 19 yd FG GOOD: LSU 7 - 3 MSST

C. Tracy 25 yd FG GOOD: LSU 10 - 3 MSST

C. Tracy 38 yd FG GOOD: LSU 13 - 3 MSST

C. Tracy 29 yd FG GOOD: LSU 16 - 3 MSST

C. Tracy 40 yrd FG GOOD: LSU 19 - 3 MSST

Copyright 2018 WAFB. All rights reserved.