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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
BATON ROUGH, La. – No. 7 LSU rebounded from a loss last week at the hands of Alabama with an impressive 37-17 triumph over No. 21 Mississippi State at Tiger Stadium. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger shined in the passing game for the second week in a row, and Les Miles improved his record to 19-1 at LSU when following a loss.
Mettenberger tossed a pair of touchdowns in the first half for LSU (8-2, 4-2 SEC), the second of which came just before the half to give the Tigers a 20-10 lead heading into the locker room. Not to be outdone, Tyler Russell opened the second half with a beautifully thrown touchdown pass to Chad Bumphis from 14 yards out to cut the lead to three, but that was the last time the Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3) would score on the evening.
Russell ended the evening with 295 yards and a score, and Bumphis rounded out an impressive performance with 140 yards on nine catches. Jarvis Landry was big on the outside for Mettenberger, hauling in nine passes of his own for 109 yards and a score. Jeremy Hill led the Tigers on the ground once again, carrying 15 times for 48 yards.
J.C. Copeland only carried twice on Saturday night for the Tigers, but he found the end zone on a one-yard plunge in the third quarter. The LSU defense got into that act as well, capping off the game with a 100-yard interception return for a score with just over one minute left to play.
Passing – Zach Mettenberger, 26-for-38, 295 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Jeremy Hill, 15 car, 48 yards
Receiving – Jarvis Landry, 9 rec, 109 yards, TD
Passing – Tyler Russell, 26-for-38, 295 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Nick Griffin, 11 car, 38 yards
Receiving – Chad Bumphis, 9 rec, 140 yards, TD
• With the victory, LSU avoided suffering back-to-back home losses. It would have been the first time that the Tigers lost two in a row at home since 2006.
• Les Miles is now 37-2 in night games at Tiger Stadium as head coach at LSU.
• The Tigers rushed for 119 yards on the night, and improved to 7-1 this season when breaking the 100-yard plateau.