LSU vs MS State

Justin Jefferson stiff-arms Jarrian Jones after a catch. 

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.

LSU vs. MS State - Burrow

Joe Burrow set a single-season record for most touchdown passes with 29 after his four touchdown performance against Mississippi State. 

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.

Stat Leaders

Mississippi State

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

LSU

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

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