Mississippi State’s defense held for as long as they could, but Heisman trophy contender Joe Burrow and the No. 2 ranked LSU Tigers found their groove and the key to open the floodgates as they defeated the Bulldogs from Starkville 36-13.
Mississippi State’s opening drive resulted in a turnover on downs as they were stuffed on fourth down and short. LSU marched down the field on a 12-play drive that resulted in a 20-yard field goal after the Bulldog defense stopped them on the three-yard line. Two more stops by the Bulldog defense inside their own 10-yard line also made LSU settle for field goals of 23 and 25 yards, but it gave the Tigers a 9-0 lead over Mississippi State.
With just over five minutes left to play in the half, Mississippi State closed the gap on LSU as Garrett Shrader led a seven-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 13-yard quarterback keeper. Shrader’s rush touchdown closed the gap to 9-7 in favor of the Tigers.
LSU responded quickly as Burrow found Racey McMath for a 60-yard pass touchdown to give LSU a 15-7 lead after the PAT was missed. Before the first half came to a close Burrow again found another receiver - Ja’Marr Chase - for an eight-yard score. LSU took a 22-7 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter saw the Tiger score 14 points as Burrow connected with his third and fourth different receiver for a score, as Derrick Dillon caught a touchdown from 37-yards out and Justin Jefferson caught another from 18-yards away. When the third quarter ended, LSU held a 36-7 lead. Burrow set the single-season record for most touchdown passes scored in LSU history (29) after his fourth of the day.
That lead held until Shrader connected with Stephen Guidry for a 24-yard touchdown pass with 59 seconds remaining in the game to draw to 36-13. LSU drained the final seconds off the clock to keep their record unblemished.
Mississippi State falls to 3-4 (1-3) while LSU moves to 7-0 (3-0). The Bulldogs will be on the road next Saturday as they face the Texas A&M Aggies, while LSU plays host to the Auburn Tigers next Saturday.
Garrett Shrader - 17-28, 238 yards, 1 passing touchdown, 19 carries for 66 yards and 1 rush touchdown
Kylin Hill - 15 carries for 34 yards
Stephen Guidry - 6 receptions for 98 yards, 1 touchdown
Joe Burrow - 25-32, 327 yards, 4 touchdowns
Clyde Edwards Helaire - 11 carries for 53 yards
Justin Jefferson - 8 receptions for 89 yards, 1 touchdown