LSU Upon Further Review

No. 5 LSU 37,
No. 22 Miss. State 17

Saturday night,
Tiger Stadium

WHAT HAPPENED

Zach Mettenberger passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and ninth-ranked LSU kept alive faint hope of a Southeastern Conference title with a 37-17 victory over No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday night.

Looking sharp a second straight week, Mettenberger completed 19 of 30 passes without an interception. His top target was Jarvis Landry, who had nine catches for 109 yards — both career highs — including a 19-yard touchdown to help the Tigers (8-2, 4-2 SEC) beat the Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3) for the 13th straight time.

Mettenberger’s other scoring pass went to Spencer Ware, fullback J.C. Copeland scored on a 1-yard plunge and Craig Loston returned an interception 100 yards for a score.

Tyler Russell was 26 of 38 for 295 yards and a touchdown that got the Bulldogs as close as field goal in the third quarter before they faded in their third straight loss to a ranked team.

STARS OF THE GAME

ä Mettenberger had his second consecutive standout performance, completing 19-of-30 passes for 273 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 19 yards to Landry and 20 yards to Spencer Ware and did not throw an interception. It was Mettenberger’s third consecutive turnover-free game after he had committed at least one tunrover in each of the first seven games.

ä Landry like Mettenberger, had his second consecutive standout game, which was not by coincidence. Landry had a cereer-high nine receptions, one more than he had a week earlier, for 109 yards and the 19-yard touchdown.

ä LB Lamin Barrow tied S Eric Reid for the team lead with nine tackles and he made a fumble recovery that led to the Tigers’ go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter.

TURNING POINT

State was clinging to a 7-6 lead in the second quarter when Derrick Milton dropped the ball on a running play. The ball bounced off of Tigers DE Barkevious Mingo, but Barrow picked it up and ran 4 yards to the Bulldogs 21. Three plays later, Mettenberger threw a touchdown pass to Landry to give LSU a lead it would not relinquish.

Digital menu

MONDAY

ä Chat with Advocate sportswriter Les East at 3 p.m.

ä Listen to a podcast with Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais by 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

ä Watch an interview with an LSU player by 8 a.m.

ä Keep up with the SEC teleconference on the Tiger Tracks blog, starting at 10 a.m.

ä Listen to the college football predictions edition of the ‘Final Score’ podcast by 10 a.m.

ä Chat with WBRZ-TV sports director Michael Cauble at 2:30 p.m.

ä Follow tweets from Les East (@LesEast) as he keeps up with Les Miles’ radio show, starting at 7 p.m.

THURSDAY

ä Watch an interview with an LSU player by 8 a.m.

ä Listen to a podcast with Les East by 10 a.m.

FRIDAY

ä Chat with Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais at noon.

SATURDAY

ä Join our in-game chat during the Ole Miss game at http://theadvocate.com/sports.

Advocate sportswriter
Les East and the AP
contributed to this report.