Max Johnson handed for 280 yards and 4 touchdowns to guide LSU to a 28-25 victory over late-rallying Mississippi State on Saturday.
LSU (3-1, 1-0 Southeastern Convention) had solely 343 yards offense and was 5 of 32 on third down however reeled off a number of massive performs when wanted.
Mississippi State (2-2, 0-1) dominated the stat sheet with 486 yards offense and 12 third-down conversions, however turned the ball over twice contained in the LSU 30-yard line and repeatedly squandered momentum-building drives.
Neither workforce established dominance early, and LSU led 7-3 on the half. However on the second play of the third quarter, the Bulldogs bit on a play-action faux and Johnson discovered Kayshon Boutte excessive for a 64-yard rating, his second of the day. Later within the quarter, the Tigers confused the MSU protection once more on the same play and Trey Palmer pitter-pattered into the tip zone for a 58-yard landing, no defender inside 20 yards.
As has grow to be their customized, the Bulldogs made a tough push within the fourth quarter. Will Rogers discovered Makai Polk and Austin for late touchdowns, then with just below two minutes remaining hit Jo’Quavious Marks for a 16-yard rating and Malik Heath for the two-point conversion to shut the hole to 38-35. However the ensuing onside kick didn’t go 10 yards and the Tigers had been capable of run out the clock. It was the second straight week MSU misfielded an onside kick late within the recreation.
Johnson was 17-of-27 passing with one interception and Boutte caught 4 balls for 85 yards.
Rogers was 47-of-62 passing for 371 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Marks rushed for 46 yards and had 9 catches for 67 yards and a landing.
LSU: The Tigers didn’t look nice early, however confirmed persistence within the pocket and executed the large performs once they wanted them. This was an important win for Ed Orgeron’s workforce in the event that they hope to stay related in November.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs have now misplaced two straight winnable video games and the schedule solely will get harder from right here.
LSU: The Tigers return house to host No. 23 Auburn subsequent weekend in one other SEC Western Division brawl.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs face seventh-ranked Texas A&M in School Station for his or her first SEC street journey of the yr.