Starkville, MS (SportsNetwork.com) - Tenth-ranked LSU needed to put its heart-
breaking 44-41 loss to Georgia last Saturday quickly in the rear view mirror.
Odell Beckham made sure the Tigers did.
Beckham caught nine passes for a career-high 179 yards and two touchdowns in
LSU's 59-26 triumph over Mississippi State.
With the Tigers nursing a 31-26 lead after three quarters of play, LSU scored
28 points in the fourth, which included a pair of scores in the first 39
seconds of the frame.
On the first play of the period, Zach Mettenberger hit Beckham on a comeback
route and Beckham broke through the rest of the secondary for a 33-yard score.
Tre'Davious White intercepted Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott three
plays later and returned the pick 40 yards to the Mississippi State 5-yard
line. Jeremy Hill ran in for the touchdown a play later to make it 45-26.
Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard rushed for touchdowns of nine and four yards,
respectively, later in the fourth to cap the scoring.
Mettenberger was 25-of-29 for 340 yards with two touchdowns and an
interception for the Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC), who ran for 223 yards.
"We weren't perfect in any way, but we are a young team that's coming," LSU
head coach Les Miles said.
Hill totaled 157 yards and 16 carries and scored twice, while Hilliard
scampered for 39 yards and three touchdowns on six totes in the victory.
Jameon Lewis hauled in seven receptions for 111 yards and a score for the
Bulldogs (2-3, 0-2), who defeated Troy last Saturday.
"We wore down a little bit there in the fourth quarter and didn't finish,"
Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen said.
The quarterback tandem of Prescott and Tyler Russell combined for 252 yards
passing on 16-of-31 efficiency. Russell tossed both touchdowns.
Hilliard's 3-yard TD run on the Tigers' opening march of the game opened the
scoring before Prescott ran 28 yards for a score as the Bulldogs answered just
three plays later. Mississippi State's two-point attempt was unsuccessful.
Hill's 69-yard TD run and a Hilliard 34-yard sprint for a score on the first
play of the second, sandwiched around a Devon Bell 35-yard field goal, staked
LSU a 21-9 edge early in the second.
The Bulldogs, though, scored 14 unanswered points to take the lead.
Russell flipped a 20-yard TD pass on a 3rd-and-10 to Lewis in the front
left corner of the end zone to cap an 8-play, 75-yard drive and then hooked up
with De'Runnya Wilson for a 59-yard score midway through the stanza to give
the hosts a 23-21 edge.
Mettenberger orchestrated the two-minute drill to perfection to put LSU back
on top heading into the break.
The Tigers had possession on their own 30-yard line with 2:10 to go in the
half and Mettenberger briskly moved the ball down the field before being faced
with a 3rd-and-8. He hit Jarvis Landry for eight yards to move the sticks and
then floated a pass for Beckham to the front left pylon of the end zone.
Beckham leapt and corralled the catch at its highest point for a 14-yard score
and a 28-23 LSU lead with 17 seconds left in the half.
Bell and LSU's Colby Delahoussave traded field goals of 22 and 29 yards,
respectively, to account for the scoring in the third.
Landry caught eight passes for 96 yards ... The Tigers outgained the Bulldogs,
563-468 ... LSU was 6-of-11 on third down ... Prescott ran for 103 of
Mississippi State 216 yards on the ground.
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