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QUICK HITS: No. 3 LSU 19, No. 25 Miss. St. 6

Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:27 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 1:22 am

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

LSU WON: The Tigers took their first drive 77 yards over 16 plays for a 3-0 lead, and though the homestanding Bulldogs tied the game twice, the ultimate outcome never seemed in doubt. Behind a steady, punishing ground game (148 yards) and a surprisingly efficient performance from Jarrett Lee (21-of-27, 213 yards), the Tiger offense eventually wore down the State defense and put the game out of reach with Lee's 19-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle with 11:56 left. The terror-inducing LSU defense, meanwhile, held the Bulldogs to 21 total yards in the second half and recorded an incredible 14 tackles-for-loss. 

WHY LSU WON: Obviously, it's tough to lose a football game when you only allow six points. The lion's share of the credit goes to John Chavis's defense and in particular the outrageous Tiger secondary, which held the Bulldogs to a miserable 5.6 yards per-attempt, saw Morris Claiborne come up with a highlight-reel interception, and forced multiple coverage sacks as Chris Relf dropped back and found no one to throw to.

But Lee deserves a round of applause as well. While the ground game (and tailback Spencer Ware in particular) slowly piled up the yards, the senior quarterback started out an impressive 10-of-11 and kept the Tiger offense balanced with a series of precision, chain-moving throws. Aside from one late ill-advised interception, Lee put together the kind of controlled, efficient performance that further cements the Tigers as legitimate national title contenders. If LSU vs. Alabama is a "mirror matchup" of ruthless defenses and powerful rushing attacks decided by which team has the better quarterback, the evidence of tonight's outing tilts it in favor of the Tigers.

WHEN LSU WON: The touchdown pass to Randle made it all but official, but the game turned on three State possessions in the third quarter--drives starting at the State 40, midfield, and the State 44, respectively. A touchdown on any of the three would have given the Bulldogs the lead, but instead the drives covered zero, 25, and 7 yards and generated just three points. The Randle TD followed immediately, and State was done.

WHAT LSU WON: The argument against LSU's national title bona fides (aside from the one that notes the Bayou Bengals have to go to Tuscaloosa later this season) has been that there was a loss waiting somewhere in the three-out-of-first-four stretch that included Oregon, Mississippi State and West Virginia. Now two of those three are behind Les Miles's team, and Chavis and his secondary will have an extra two days to prepare for Dana Holgorsen's aerial assault.

WHAT MISSISSIPPI STATE LOST: Between Thursday night's loss and last week's defeat in Auburn, it's official: State is once again out of the SEC West running and will be, at best, just another "dangerous" team hanging around the bottom half of the divisional standings. There's worse things to be (that's what they were in 2010, too, and they finished the year with a Gator Bowl championship), but this was supposed to be the season Dan Mullen turned the Bulldogs into something else. Not yet, as it turns out.


Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:56 pm

QUICK HITS: No. 3 LSU 19, No. 25 Miss. St. 6

I don't know why everyone wants to pick on the LSU offense and Jarrett Lee in particular...Besides the fact that it was pretty pedestrian play calling, the offense looked fine, considering they were going against a tough Miss. St. defense.. I didn't see many missed tackles on Miss. St. defense and if someone hit you, you were going down...Kudos to Miss. St...... As crazy as it seems, the tiger defense is so good that people look at the offense for something to pick on....Butt I didn't see many dropped passes or overthrows on the tigers offense....I thought they played a very good game, and if they were playing a lesser opponent, they probably would have hung 40 points on the scoreboard...Anyway, I'm not trying to pick an argument, butt the term get out of their way seemed a bit harsh...

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 10:40 am

Keep hope alive !

LSU looks like a special team. I really hope they can win the West and play an undefeated Boise St team for the National Championship. These big, strong, fast Tigers will deflate the "Boise noise" with ease and be crowned the dominant team of the past 10 years.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 4:13 am

QUICK HITS: No. 3 LSU 19, No. 25 Miss. St. 6

Daspite the offenses getting in their own way at times. LSU conyinues to show that it can rely on an outstanding defense to get the job done.  This is making the Alabama-LSU game in November look all the more special.  Mississippi State was supposed to be a trp game for LSU and for a long ttime, their defense kept pace.  But I'm sure that the short week after the loss to Auburn had something to do with their offensive problems last night, that and the LSU defense.  Of course, LSU gad the easier road going into the short week.  But I'm not sure that MSU could have done muxh better against LSU's defense.  Too much speed and depth.  Can LSU ridw this defense to the NC.  Well, we'll see.

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