ä PENALTIES: After weeks of saying how they were going to cut down on penalties in their games, LSU finally did it on Saturday. The Tigers were only penalized twice for 20 yards and were not penalized in the first half. Playing good, disciplined football made a difference.
ä JARVIS LANDRY: Landry, a 6-foot-1. 195-pound sophomore from Lutcher, has been a different player the last two weeks. He is catching balls, creating separation from defenders on his routes and becoming a big-play threat. He had nine catches for 109 yards and one touchdown. He played like a receiver that opposing defenses will have to account for.
ä DREW ALLEMAN: Alleman, who was 16 of 18 last year, had a bounce-back game after two misses in the 21-17 loss to No. 1 Alabama the previous week. He was 13 of 20 on field goals this season entering the Mississippi State game. But on a cool night with the winds swirling, he made kicks of 28, 26 and 41 yards.
ä RED-ZONE OFFENSE: LSU reached the red zone six times and kicked three field goals. LSU needs to score touchdowns on over 75 percent of its red-zone chances. If the Tigers could have replaced two field goals with two touchdowns the game would have been 45-17. Good teams don’t get half TDs and half field goals.
ä PASS DEFENSE: This was the second week in a row that an opposing quarterback torched the LSU secondary. Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell was 26 of 38 for 295 yards, one touchdown and one interception. LSU’s prevent defense needs work, because when the Tigers use it teams are able to march up and down the field with ease. LSU also was caught in some mismatches in one-on-one coverage. When LSU plays attacking defense it is as good as any team in the country. It has to keep on playing that way.