The LSU Tigers traveled to Starkville, Mississippi to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. LSU was coming off a devastating 44-41 road loss to Georgia, and was looking to rebound. The game went back and forth through three quarters, but LSU used a 28 to 0 fourth quarter to put away the pesky Bulldogs, 59 to 28.
The LSU defense allowed 23 points in the first half , but turned it on in the second half. After allowing Mississippi State to do whatever they wanted in the first half, the defense took a stand. They still allowed Mississippi State to pick up yardage, but held firm when it mattered most, only allowing three points in the second half.
Tradavious White came up with an interception in the fourth quarter that led to a Jeremy Hill touchdown. Towards the end of the game, Lamar Lewis recovered a fumble on a poorly run option. Kenny Hilliard converted the fumble recovery into points with a six yard touchdown run.
The LSU offense was sensational, but that is expected of this unit this season. The Tigers’ revamped offense under Cam Cameron have made defenses look foolish this year, and tonight was no different. LSU finished the game with 59 points and 563 total yards.
The stable of talented LSU running backs came to play against the Bulldogs. If you do not included the three times Zach Metteberger was sacked LSU had 244 yards rushing and a whopping six touchdowns. Kenny Hilliard only had six rushes on the night but converted three of them into touchdowns. Jeremy Hill was exceptional, carrying the ball 16 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including a 69 yard run, the longest of his career.
Zach Mettenberger had a great game, with the exception of the over thrown screen pass that resulted in a interception, he was nearly flawless. Mettenberger threw for over 300 yards for the first time in his career last week against Georgia. Now he has made it two straight games with at least 300 yards passing. He was 25 for 29 on the night with 340 yards and two touchdown strikes.
The top wide receiving duo in the country stole the show in Starkville. Jarvis Landry had eight receptions for 96 yards. However, Landry failed to record a touchdown reception ending his streak of consecutive games with at least one touchdown at seven, tied with Dwayne Bowe for the LSU record. Odell Beckham Jr. was the receiving star of the night. Beckham ended the night with career highs in both receptions with nine and receiving yards with 179. Beckham was dazzling constantly making big plays including two touchdown receptions.
The game was closer than LSU would have liked for the first three quarters, but the fourth quarter was all Tigers. They scored 28 while not surrendering a single point.
I thought we did a good job of battling for three quarters, we just didn’t finish.