Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

LSU Falls to Miss. State in SEC Opener

LSU Falls to Miss. State in SEC Opener

On a night where the Bulldogs ran for 285 yards against the highty-touted LSU defense, Mixon was able to make more than his share of plays in the passing game.

Mississippi State goes on the road to face Georgia next Saturday.

Mississippi State earned its first win over LSU in Starkville since 1999 Saturday night. In all, LSU was penalized nine times for 112 yards.

Immediately after the game, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen met with the media to talk about his program's big win. Mississippi State dominated LSU at the line of scrimmage on most plays and the Tigers looked undisciplined and overmatched.

After the game, several players said they were embarrassed by the lack of discipline and number of penalties by the Tigers. But they didn't: Fitzgerald and junior Aeris Williams combined for 234 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries (6.3 YPC), compared to 133 total yards on the ground for LSU. His touchdown was a 45-yarder from QB Nick Fitzgerald that gave MSU a 27-7 lead with just over five minutes left in the third quarter.

LSU (2-1, 0-1) easily won its first two games of the season, but was overmatched by Mississippi State on both sides of the ball. Fitzgerald tallied 268 total yards and four scores.

LSU's fall will be Mississippi State's gain, at least in the short term. Alabama still sits atop the SEC.

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