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LSU overwhelms Mississippi State, 59-26

Zach Mettenberger, Benardrick AP

LSU really likes this offense stuff now.

One week after winding up on the losing end of a shootout with Georgia, the formerly offensively-challenged program showed it could dial it up again against Mississippi State, beating the Bulldogs in a hard-fought 59-26 victory in Starkville.

The Tigers are now averaging 45 points per game in their first three SEC outings this year.

As has usually been the case of late, quarterback Zach Mettenberger was the difference maker for LSU. He completed 25 of 29 for 340 yards and two touchdowns, his second-straight 300-yard passing game (he was over 300 by the end of the third quarter).

Lo and behold, there are weapons around Mettenberger, too. Tailback Jeremy Hill rushed for 157 yards and ripped off a 69-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry continued to show why their one of the pass-catching duos in the county, collecting a combined 17 catches for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

Not that Mississippi State just laid down. On the contrary, the Bulldogs displayed a balanced offensive attack, trading punches with LSU in the first half until it held a 23-21 second-quarter lead over the Tigers. The combo of Dak Prescott and Tyler Russell made the usually stingy LSU defense look like swiss cheese at times. But four quarters was just too long for MSU to hang around a team this talented and the Tigers scored 31 unanswered points to pull away.

But now that LSU has finally come to terms with the forward pass, it’s finally becoming a team that doesn’t have to apologize for huge deficiencies on one side of the ball. In fact, this team is downright intriguing. Credit new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron for finally utilizing the program’s considerable talent on offense. If he keeps getting this kind of production out of Mettenberger, we’re looking at a team that has the potential to run the table the rest of the way and set up a rematch with Georgia in the SEC title game.

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12 Responses to “LSU overwhelms Mississippi State, 59-26”
  1. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 5, 2013 10:56 PM

    I do not know why Mettenberger is not on the Heisman watch.

  2. Deb says: Oct 5, 2013 11:01 PM

    Hmm … something about the tone here is rubbing me wrong. Maybe it’s just that I’m not altogether wild about Cameron, though he does seem better suited to offensive coordination in college than in the pros. But Les Miles has positioned his Tigers to run the table the last few years–so it’s not all about Cam. And the Tigers defense kept the Bulldogs scoreless for the second half, so it’s not all about the offense, either.

  3. halbert53 says: Oct 5, 2013 11:26 PM

    Prescott is an excellent dual threat QB from Bossier Parish (county) Louisiana which has produced several collegiate QBs in recent years. The best of the lot, however,is Brandon Harris who is a dual threat in a spread offense. Harris verbally committed to LSU, but had offers from Alabama and Ohio State among others. Unlike some people, he won’t change his mind.

  4. mrlaloosh says: Oct 6, 2013 12:30 AM

    Talking about high school commitments? Really sad.

  5. suprmous says: Oct 6, 2013 3:18 AM

    Why couldn’t we play this way against Ga? I know they’ve got a hellva QB in Murray but damn it just doesn’t seem right to play your heart out and put up a total of 80+ points and not come out a winner literally. Yeah I know the better team won and we have nothin to be ashamed of but it doesn’t seem right. I’m glad that we won this one and hope we win lots more for sure. Way I understand it Tenn’s bound to give us fits but Lawd have mercy I hope not. Coach Jones needs to be worryin bout us like he was Ga, maybe?? Anywho’s and what’s it it’s now time to go and catch up with the brothers and see if I can’t pester them for a while. Everybody have a good Sunday.

  6. nawlinssaints1956 says: Oct 6, 2013 10:24 AM

    Well Deb, the Fighting Tigers are home for the Gators, go to Oxford, and home against Furman. Then an open week, followed by you know who. Your concern is noted and valid…

  7. cometkazie says: Oct 6, 2013 1:02 PM

    suprmous says:
    Oct 6, 2013 3:18 AM
    Why couldn’t we play this way against Ga?

    You don’t let a team like UGa drive the field for the winning TD as time is running out. The elite LSU teams didn’t allow this.

    I don’t see less than two losses for Fla-Bama-aTm.

    This team is very good but not elite.

    PS: Chris, just because your spellchecker doesn’t catch anything doesn’t mean there aren’t errors in what you wrote. 😉

  8. Deb says: Oct 6, 2013 2:01 PM

    @nawlinssaints1956 …

    I’m just saying Cam shouldn’t get too much credit for a great Tigers team because Les has been fielding great Tigers teams for a while now :)

    LSU will give us fits as always. And from what I saw yesterday, Tennessee may play everyone tough. Then again, Arkansas looked a lot scarier last week than they did this week. It’s just hard to know. Some teams are pretty inconsistent.

  9. suprmous says: Oct 6, 2013 11:37 PM

    Who’s Chris?

  10. cometkazie says: Oct 7, 2013 7:13 AM

    Look at the top for the credit.

    Chris Huston.

  11. suprmous says: Oct 9, 2013 2:56 AM

    Sorry cometkazie, thought you’d joined Deb in makin fun of me.

  12. cometkazie says: Oct 9, 2013 7:29 AM

    suprmous says:
    Oct 9, 2013 2:56 AM
    Sorry cometkazie, thought you’d joined Deb in makin fun of me.
    Not unless you really need it. 😉

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