LSU defeats Mississippi State behind the return of Leonard Fournette
Things we learned:
1. LSU has a new QB – Etling proved he’s the guy for the future.
2. Fournette is healthy.
3. Special Teams can dominate for LSU.
Sept 18 – LSU made this game way closer than it needed to be.
The Tigers, in their throwback uniforms, jumped out to a commanding 20-0 lead in the first half behind Fournette, and it looked like the game was all but over. The Tigers, however, only managed to score three more points in the entire game, letting a scrappy Mississippi State team back into it. QB Danny Etling looked extremely comfortable going 14/20, 147 yards in the first half. Leonard Fournette proved he’s back to his normal self racking in 147 yards in his best outing of the season. A silent positive that came out of last night was the special teams unit for LSU. Punter Josh Growden had a tremendous night, averaging 49.2 yards per punt, pinning the Bulldogs in their own zone often.
LSU took a 23-3 lead to the half, but didn’t finish the way they’d like. Mississippi State cut the lead to 23-20 late in the fourth quarter after recovering an incredibly well executed onside kick. Arden Key came through once again, proving to be one of the best pass rushers in the country, sacking QB Damien Williams to secure the victory.
Miles on Fournette’s fumbles: “He’s one of the most ball-secure runners I’ve ever had. He needed a little refreshing course.”
Les Miles: “Danny Etling executed the things we asked him to do”
LSU travels to Auburn next week, in a 5 p.m. game on ESPN.
D. Etling:19/30, 215 yards, 1 TD.
N. Fitzgerald: 12/24, 120 yards.
L. Fournette: 147 yards, 2 TDs.
A. Shumpert: 34 yards.
M. Dupre: 4 receptions, 54 yards.
D. Chark: 3 receptions, 52 yards, TD.
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