Photos: Tigers beat Bulldogs, first half

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The LSU football team walks to the stadium amid fans cheering before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Fans cheer the LSU football team as they walk to the stadium before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Hannah Couvillion, from left, Cree Roark and Catelyn Estess cheer along with other fans as the LSU football team walks to the stadium before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Fans cheer the LSU football team as they walk to the stadium before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles comes down "Victory Hill" with his team before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The drum major leads the Golden Band from Tigerland to the stadium before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Mike the Tiger mascot fires up the fans before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The Golden Band from Tigerland plays the LSU fight song on their way to the stadium before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- An LSU cheerleader jumps from the top of the Tiger Transport Trailer into the waiting arms of other cheerleaders before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan (18) runs out with the American flag before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Dr. Henry Barham, left, Colorado movie theater shooting victim Bonnie Kate Pourciau,19, third from left, and her siblings, left to right, Davis Pourciau, 16,(Bonnie Kate), Noah Pourciau,14, Madeline Pourciau, 17, and Ian Pourciau, 10, are recognized before the game. Barham, a former LSU football player and graduate of LSU Medical School in Shreveport, is a resident at a hospital in Denver. Bonnie Kate was cheered as she walked to midfield, after leaving her wheelchair.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- An LSU drummer plays along during the national anthem, before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) scrambles and runs the ball as LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (78) watches during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Tharold Simon (24) breaks up the pass to Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Robert Johnson (81) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) pitches the ball out to LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard (10) as LSU center P.J. Lonergan (64) and LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (78) block during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG --LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) makes the stop on Mississippi State Bulldogs running back Josh Robinson (34) along with others during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard (10) runs the ball for good yardage during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) hauls in a touchdown pass from LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) in the second quarter, scoring past Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Corey Broomfield (25).

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGMississippi State's Nickoe Whitley (5), Darius Slay and Cameron Lawrence converge on LSU receiver James Wright in Saturday's game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) hauls in a touchdown pass from LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) at the goal line, scoring over Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Matthew Wells (22) with 13 second left in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver James Wright (82) pulls in a long pass to set up LSU's late 2nd quarter touchdown as Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Darius Slay (9) can't knock it down during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) goes high to try and block the field goal of Mississippi State Bulldogs kicker Devon Bell (40) but the field goal was good during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive guard Josh Dworaczyk (68) celebrates with LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) on the touchdown during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) bobbles the ball after a reception, but hangs onto it, after Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Deontae Skinner (51) tried to strip it. Landry is chased by Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Jay Hughes (30) and Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Benardrick McKinney (50) in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) chases a fumble by Mississippi State, pursued by Mississippi State Bulldogs running back Derrick Milton (28) in the first half. LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow (57) recovered the ball at the State 21-yard-line, and LSU scored soon after.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow (57) points skyward, celebrating after he recovered a Mississippi State fumble at the State 21-yard line with 7:09 in the second quarter.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) throws a pass completion on the drive that netted LSU its second field goal, in the second quarter.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Field Judge Jeff Batts explains a call in which Mississippi State illegally touched the ball, nullifying a Bulldog recovery of an LSU fumble, in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU place kicker Drew Alleman (30) kicks his first of two first-half field goals.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) celebrates a first down reception he made in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) gets past Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Benardrick McKinney (50) and Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Deontae Skinner (51) on a 13-yard run to the MSU 11-yard line.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) dances past the tackle of Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Nickoe Whitley (5), pursued by Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Darius Slay (9), after a reception in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Russell (17) throws, as LSU defensive end Lavar Edwards (89) and defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) pressure, in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard (10) legs it around the corner on a run, as LSU tight end Chase Clement (88) blocks for him in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Former LSU center Kevin Mawae, with wife Tracy, and others, was honored as an LSU 2012 SEC Football Legend. Kirkland and Abigail are his children. On Saturday, Mawae will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Mississippi State Bulldogs tight end Marcus Green (32) pulls in a touchdown pass in front of LSU safety Craig Loston (6) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive guard La'El Collins (70) clears the way, blocking on an LSU running play, in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Lavar Edwards (89) blocks Mississippi State Bulldogs fullback Sylvester Hemphill (23) on a State kickoff return in the first half. LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32) is at right.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery (99), LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan (18) and LSU defensive tackle Josh Downs (77) reach to try to block a successful field goal by Mississippi State Bulldogs kicker Devon Bell (40) in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) tries to break free from Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Cameron Lawrence (10) on one of his receptions, in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) celebrates one of his receptions in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Michael Ford (42) runs, pursued by Mississippi State Bulldogs kicker Devon Bell (40) on a kickoff in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger runs, in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe, right, watches quarterbacks including LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) warm up before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGLSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry had nine catches for 109 yards and a touchdown Saturday in the Tigers' 37-17 win over Mississippi State. An improved passing game has given LSU hopes for a strong finish.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The Golden Girls perform in patriotic costumes during halftime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU Homecoming King Taylor Cox , left and Homecoming Queen Kendall Knoblach smile for the cameras after they were introduced to the Tiger Stadium crowd attending Saturday night's Mississippi State-LSU football game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive guard Josh Dworaczyk (68) carries the American flag onto the field, leading the Tigersbefore the start of the LSU-Mississippi State SEC football game at Tiger Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) celebrates with quarterback Zach Mettenberger after they hooked up for a touchdown pass in the first half against Mississippi State on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard (10) and quarterback Zach Mettenberger chat Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

  • LSU punter Brad Wing (38) has declared for the upcoming NFL draft.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive guard La'El Collins (70) clears the way, blocking on an LSU running play, in the first half of the LSU-Mississippi State SEC football game at Tiger Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT: THE ADVOCATE/ TRAVIS SPRADLING.

  • Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis directs a drill during warmups before a football game at Tiger Stadium.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis watches warmups near linebacker Deion Jones (45) and linebacker Ronnie Feist (22) before the LSU-Mississippi State game at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Former LSU center Kevin Mawae, with wife Tracy and others, was honored as LSU's 2012 SEC Football Legend during a game against Mississippi State that season. Mawae had a five-hour interview Sunday to become the Tigers' offensive line coach. That job will go to Jeff Grimes, who spent last season at Virginia Tech.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis directs a drill during warmups before the first half of the LSU-Mississippi State SEC football game at Tiger Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2012. LSU head coach Les Miles is behind him. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT: THE ADVOCATE/ TRAVIS SPRADLING.