Friday, September 16, 2011

LSU mauls Mississippi State, 19-6

Mississippi State Bulldogs came out with fire in their eyes last night, trying to test the Tigers up front and in the secondary.
The offense looked pedestrian at times but the Tigers played it safe with a 19-6 victory over the Bulldogs.

The Tigers (3-0, 1-0 in SEC) were up to the challenge before a hostile 56,924 at Davis Wade Stadium. The Tigers were up against the SEC's best rushing attack.

"They came in averaging 300 yards rushing, and we came in trying to dominate and stop the run game," said LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, who had three tackles for losses, including a sack. "We were flying to the ball. Everyone was doing their assignments, doing what we need to do to win. We don't want anybody to score on us."

The Tigers ate Bulldogs quarterback Chris Relf for lunch and made running back Vick Ballard eat turf like another Vick, holding a Bulldogs' team averaging 321 yards on the ground to 52 yards on 34 carries.

"We didn't get into a rhythm," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "We got behind and had to throw the ball and play their game. Our playmakers have to make plays. We will be all right -- our guys always bounce back."

The lone blotch on the resume for LSU was Jarrett Lee's interception which happened because he overthrew the receiver but the veteran quarterback quickly regrouped.
Next up for the Tigers, West Virginia.

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