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LSU vs. Mississippi State: Tigers pull away late

LSU was able to put the Alabama loss behind them with a convincing 37-17 home victory over the Bulldogs.

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LSU vs. Mississippi State final: Tigers win 37-17

The LSU Tigers overcame last week's gut-wrenching loss to Alabama with a workmanlike 37-17 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday night in Baton Rouge.

Mississippi State took an early lead when Dak Prescott hit Marcus Green for a touchdown, and the two teams stayed within one possession of each other until the end of the third quarter, when J.C. Copeland made it a 30-17 lead for the Tigers. Mississippi State was threatening to make it a one-possession game late in the fourth quarter, but Craig Loston returned a Tyler Russell interception 100 yards for a touchdown.

Zach Mettenberger had his second straight good game, throwing for two touchdowns and making smart decisions with the football. Jarvis Landry had 103 receiving yards and a touchdown, and Spencer Ware also had a touchdown reception. The LSU running game was held fairly in check by the Bulldog defense. Jeremy Hill led the team with 34 yards on 12 carries, followed by Russell Shepard's 33 yards.

For Mississippi State, it was a good effort, but not quite enough. The Bulldogs just could not get any kind of running game going, and they weren't good enough to beat LSU with a one-dimensional offense. Nick Griffin led the Bulldogs with 29 rushing yards. Tyler Russell had an efficient night at quarterback, going 26-38 for 295 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Chad Bumphis was MSU's leading receiver, going for 140 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions.

Box Score Hero: Zach Mettenberger had another nice game for the Tigers, going 19-30 for 273 yards and two touchdowns. Not bad for a guy who has struggled mightily for long stretches of the season.

Rankings Ramifications: LSU and MSU came into the game ranked 7th and 21st, respectively, in the BCS standings. LSU has a chance to rise with the win, and MSU will probably drop out of the Top 25 with the loss.

But Did They Cover? LSU came into the game as a 14.5-point favorite, so they managed the backdoor cover on Loston's interception return.

For More On This Game: For more on the Tigers, check out And The Valley Shook! For more on the Bulldogs, head over to For Whom The Cowbell Tolls. And don't forget to take a look at our SEC blog, Team Speed Kills.

Next Week's Schedule:

LSU: 11/17, vs. Ole Miss

Mississippi State: 11/17, vs. Arkansas

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Tigers lead Bulldogs 30-17 after 3 quarters

No. 7 LSU leads No. 21 Mississippi State, 30-17, after three quarters in a back-and-forth game between the two SEC teams.

The Tigers led 20-10 after the first half, in with LSU scored 17 points in the second quarter thanks to a pair of Zach Mettenberger touchdown passes, the second of which was tossed in the final seconds of the half. Mississippi State responded on the opening drive of the third quarter with a quick touchdown, taking advantage of a short field after LSU fumbled a punt return.

Mettenberger led the Tigers 45 yards on the next drive, capped off by a 41-yard field goal by Drew Allman. After the Bulldogs were forced to punt, LSU marched 80 yards for what could be a backbreaking touchdown in the final minute of the third quarter.

Mettenberger is 18-of-27 for 266 yards and two touchdowns in the game, with the Tigers outgaining the Bulldowgs 361-187 overall.

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LSU takes early lead over Mississippi State

A touchdown by Marcus Green has given the Mississippi State Bulldogs a 7-3 lead over the LSU Tigers after the first quarter Saturday.

Green caught a 9-yard pass from backup quarterback Dak Prescott with 7:46 remaining in the quarter to put MSU up 7-0. LSU responded in the closing seconds of the first, getting a 28-yard field goal from Drew Alleman after driving inside the Mississippi State 15-yard line before the drive stalled.

Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell is 6-for-7 for 64 yards in the game. Chris Smith has two catches for 25 yards. Five different receivers have caught passes already.

LSU is led by running back Jeremy Hill, who has six carries for 28 yards. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger is 4-for-6 passing for 35 yards.

Mississippi State has 84 yards of total offense to LSU's 77. Neither team has turned the ball over. Mississippi State has the ball in its own territory as the second quarter gets under way.

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LSU hosting beaten-down Mississippi State team

Mississippi State is coming off two blowout losses to quality opponents, and faces its third straight SEC West juggernaut Saturday -- LSU.

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Copeland penalties becoming a problem for LSU

LSU fullback J.C. Copeland is one of the big reasons why the Tigers' running game is so potent, but his penchant for picking up penalties at inopportune times has hurt LSU this season.

The converted defensive tackle's aggressiveness has backfired over the Tigers' last four games, as he's picked up three personal fouls. Copeland's most recent transgression came last week against the Alabama Crimson Tide, when a late hit on Deion Belue pushed the Tigers back from inside the Alabama red zone to the 27-yard line. LSU was unable to gain valuable points on the drive after Drew Alleman missed a field goal.

In speaking with Jim Kleinpeter of the The Times-Picayune, LSU head coach Les Miles knows that Copeland has to keep his aggressiveness in check to prevent penalties like this in the future:

"There's nothing that validates those penalties, certainly not his play in any way. I guess there's a point in time where on the play that busts to the 12, he makes a tremendous line of scrimmage block, looks up and he's looking for somebody to hit and loses perspective on the time. This is not a dirty player, this is a guy who's giving great effort, hustle and energy."

Copeland was benched after committing the personal foul, but he came back later in the game and had a 42-yard reception at the end of the third quarter that led to a go-ahead Jarvis Landry touchdown.

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Alfred Blue dressed to support LSU from bench

Injured LSU running back Alfred Blue supported his team from the sidelines against Alabama.

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Goals change for 2-loss LSU Tigers

LSU still sees plenty to play for after losing to Alabama last weekend.

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