LSU’s dominance against Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium goes back until 1991. There was no doubt of who the superior team was on Saturday night. The final score was 29-7,due to a dominant performance by the defense and by special teams. A school record five field goals, as well as five interceptions by the defense, paced the victory. ( Count me in on the Patrick Peterson for Heisman bandwagon, because I am excited anytime he touches the ball) The offense……… well we will get to that. Although LSU has not faced the caliber of offenses it will face in the weeks to come the defense has looked solid. West Virginia will be the most difficult challenge yet.
The crowd was raucous and ready to go due to a long wait. (This wait did not cool down the 90plus degree heat) The first half did not open with an offensive explosion. Four field goals were made and shutout by the defense. There were a scattering of boos on at least three separate occasions in the first half. Patience is something Tiger fans are not willing to show anymore with this offense. Patience is only required of freshman talent looking to get meaningful playing time from Les Miles. Anyone seen Michael Ford? Maybe he sold a jersey… Oops that was AJ Green. Maybe he snuck into a womans apartment…… Oops that is right city wrong guy. (Ceci,l Collins, oh what could have been) Anyway, the play calling was far from innonvative. Jordan Jefferson is not a great quaterback, however I believe he is serviceable. He was not allowed to make any throws in the first half, which will lead to the other team stacking the box against the run. This is not anything new I realize, but maybe the coaching staff needs to be reminded. So we stand at 12-0 at the half. Many in Louisiana were ready for Jarett Lee, which will not happen unless Jefferson is hurt or has a truly horrendous game. He has not had that type of game yet.
New half, same result. LSU controls the game. Mississippi State did manage a good drive and a touchdown. They brought in a new quaterback and maybe John Chavis had not finished his halftime snack. Once they scored those seven points it became an interception tossing fest the likes of an average pick up game in your backyard. I believe MSU decided that they would just chunk it downfield and pray for the best. LSU scored two touchdowns and added a record fifth field goal. Tiger fans may have been disappointed due to the fact the score could have easily been 41-7. It will still go down as a win either way. LSU is ranked 15th and did not move up any in the polls. West Virginia has beaten Marshall, Coastal Carolina, and Maryland, not exactly murderers row. West Virginia is currently ranked 21. They needed overtime to beat Marshall. LSU has defeated UNC, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State. We will learn something about each team on Saturday in Death Valley. As of right now just keep marking the W’s for LSU.
P.S ”As for Mississippi State maybe they should seriously think of eliminating football.” (courtesy of blogger’s father, a native of Mississippi.)
P.S.S “Tiger Stadium needs to do something about the concessions. To hell with stale popcorn and nacho chips.” (courtesy of longtime friend of the blogger.)
About the Author
Written by Ben Cox
I am a native of Baton Rouge and have watched LSU since childhood. Mainly I follow football and basketball, but I will dabble in LSU baseball. I have watched the New Orleans Hornets since they moved from Charlotte. I look forward to writing about both teams.