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IT WAS NOT A MIRAGE

ä Remember when LSU discovered it passing game in a 21-17 loss to No. 1 Alabama last Saturday? The same passing game returned against No. 22 Mississippi State. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 19 of 30 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Jarvis Landry had nine catches for 109 yards and one TD. Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had four catches for 55 yards. Six players had catches.

FINALLY

ä After weeks of stressing about the importance of penalties, LSU finally did something about it on Saturday. The Tigers only had two penalties for 20 yards, their lowest output of the season. LSU also went without a penalty in the first half, which was first time that has happened this season.

DOMINATING MSU

ä The Tigers have defeated the Bulldogs in 20 of their last 21 games, including 13 in a row.

GETTING TO RUSSELL

ä Mississippi State came into the game second in the Southeastern Conference in fewest sacks allowed at eight. But LSU sacked Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Russell twice on Saturday. Russell completed 26 of 38 passes for 295 yards, one TD and one interception. LSU did a good job of pressuring him.

Tweet talk

“Motivation key for #LSU tonight. Someone needs to tell the team it’s still mathematically alive in the #SEC West.”

@ScottRabalais. Scott Rabalais is a sportswriter
for The Advocate.

“Like this getting @LSUShep10 involved in the game involved in the game.”

@TToliver80. Terrence L. Tolliver is a former LSU receiver.

“Wow! Mettenberger is here to stay! #GreatFinish #GeauxTigers”

@TBob 53. T-Bob Hebert, former LSU player.

“There is a major, MAJOR, nationwide epidemic of bad 2 minute defense in college football right now.”

@DerekPonamsky. Ponamsky is the publisher of BayouBengalsInsider.com

“Spencer Ware incredible touchdown catch and throw from Mett. Wow. That’s Ware’s second career receiving TD. Had one last year at Tennessee”

@LSUBillMartin. Bill Martin is an Associate Sports Information Director at LSU.

“LSU drops their business card... 10 play drive capped by a field goal. Tigers up 23-17 shaky.”

@MichaelCauble. Cauble is the sports director at WBRZ.

“#LSU is ranked 7th and trying to hang on vs. SEC rival ranked 21st, but probably only 45,000 left in stadium. Is the traffic that bad?”

@s_hotard. Scott Hotard is a sportswriter at The Advocate.

“Les Miles gets a nice birthday present from his team – an #LSU 37-17 win over #Mississippi St. Bounce back win for the Tigers.”

@CollegeGameDay

“Texas A&M’s 29-24 upset of Alabama hurts #LSU’s BCS chances, enhances their likelihood of a Cotton Bowl trip.”

@ScottRabalais

Pierce Huff