(Saturday, September 18th)
Final Score: (15) LSU 29, Mississippi State 7
Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Josh Jasper kicked a school-record five field goals while Jordan Jefferson ran for a score, as 15th-ranked LSU topped Mississippi State, 29-7, at Tiger Stadium.
The quarterback Jefferson completed 10-of-16 passes for 97 yards and ran for 40 yards in the win.
Stevan Ridley ran for 78 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries for the Tigers (3-0, 2-0 SEC), who have beaten Mississippi State 11 straight times. LSU had won its first two games this season on the road, including a 27-3 victory at Vanderbilt last Saturday in its conference opener.
Vick Ballard ran for the only score for the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-2), who dropped their SEC opener to Auburn on September 9. While Mississippi State outgained LSU, 268-264, Bulldogs quarterbacks threw five interceptions. Tyler Russell had three, while Chris Relf tossed two.
"We didn't make plays and we turned the ball over," said Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. "We had a negative-four turnover ratio. That is two years in a row against this team that we are negative four in turnover ratio. You're not going to win any football games turning the ball over in that fashion."
The only scoring in the first half was done by LSU, specifically Jasper. He booted a 44-yarder on the game's opening drive, and after Mississippi State punted, LSU once again got into Bulldogs territory on a drive that spanned into the second quarter.
The Tigers reached the 15-yard line before the drive stalled, and Jasper kicked one from 32 yards out.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson picked off Relf deep in LSU territory on the next Mississippi State drive, which led to a 51-yarder by Jasper. The Bulldogs got near midfield on their ensuing drive, but it again ended in a Relf interception, this one grabbed by Morris Claiborne.
LSU turned that into a 37-yarder by Jasper, and the Tigers held the 12-0 lead at halftime.
Mississippi State made it close by scoring on the opening drive of the second half. Ballard's one-yard run capped a 13-play, 81-yard drive that spanned nearly seven minutes.
But LSU countered with its first touchdown, a 16-yard run by Jefferson, who also completed three passes on the drive.
"It was a read on the defensive end," said Jefferson of his touchdown. "The defensive end crashed on the running back and I just found my seam and once I saw the end zone, I felt there was no stopping me. So, I just got in there as quickly as possible."
That made it a 19-7 game, and after Russell was picked off by Drake Nevis, the Tigers reached the end zone again.
The interception put LSU at the Mississippi State 28, and Ridley ran for nine yards before plowing across the goal line from two yards away. LSU carried the 26-7 advantage into the fourth, and Jasper's fifth field goal, a 21-yard kick, capped the scoring.
Jasper broke his own school record...Peterson and Claiborne each had two interceptions...Russell threw for 81 yards, while Relf had 35 passing yards. Together, they completed 10-of-18 attempts...LSU hosts No.21 West Virginia next Saturday...Mississippi State hosts Georgia next weekend.
09/19 01:02:10 ET