LSU began the quarter leading 14-9 but that did not last long. On the first play of the second quarter, Kenny hilliard followed an excellent block by Connor Neighbors for a 34 yard touchdown run, his second score of the night
LSU 21 Mississippi State 9
Tyler Russell made his first appearance of the game and was sacked on the first play. Russell recovered and would lead the Bulldogs down the field, finishing the drive with a brilliant throw on third down to Jameon Lewis for a touchdown.
LSU 21 Mississippi State 16
Mettenberger had been playing incredible and was seven for seven on the day, but on the second play of the drive, he was pressured hard and over threw a screen pass, resulting in his second interception on the year.
Mississippi State started their drive on the LSU 34. Dak Prescott came back in despite Russell’s great touchdown toss. A holding call stalled the Bulldogs drive, and they elected to go for it on fourth down instead of taking a long field goal with an inconsistent place kicker. On fourth and eleven Ronald Martin broke up the pass resulting in a turnover on downs.
Odell Beckham shockingly dropped an easy pass on first down. On third and long Mettenberger was sacked and LSU had to give up the ball for the game’s first punt.
Mississippi State connected for a fourteen yard pass on first down. Then Russell went deep finding De’Runnya Wilson for a 59 yard bomb, giving the bulldogs their first lead of the night.
LSU 21 Mississippi State 23
On the next offensive play Jarvis Landry made an exceptional catch, something Tiger fans are getting accustomed to. After the catch, the drive stalled and LSU punted from inside Mississippi State territory, resulting in a touchback.
After two short gains set up a third and two Russell missed a wide open Jameon Lewis and Mississippi State had to punt for the first time on the night.
LSU, trailing by 2, got the ball back on their own thirty with two minutes and seven seconds left on the clock. The Tigers quickly moved the ball down the field, and with seventeen seconds remaining in the half. Mettenberger threw a pass into the end zone, where Odell Beckham Jr. made an athletic catch to put the Tigers back on top heading into the half.
LSU 28 Mississippi State 23
With seventeen seconds left, Russell Wilson threw and incomplete pass then took a knee, to take the teams to halftime.