STARKVILLE, Miss. -- No. 4 LSU scored 37 unanswered points including touchdowns on all three third-quarter possessions to defeat Mississippi State, 37-7, at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers (2-1, 1-1 SEC) rebounded from a heartbreaking overtime loss to No. 10 Tennessee by bullying the Bulldogs into their third conference loss of the season.
Mississippi State fell to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the SEC.
Russell's completion percentage of 86.9 was the best in school history by a quarterback throwing at least 20 passes against an SEC opponent.
Runningback Joseph Addai led the way on the ground for the Tigers, totaling 86 yards on 17 carries with a 1-yard touchdown. Skyler Green caught eight passes for 55 yards, while Bowe's two catches were each taken the distance.
LSU outgained Mississippi State, 402-229.
The Bulldogs rushed for only 56 yards on 28 carries, while quarterback Omarr Conner completed 9-of-22 passes for 141 yards. Sixty-six of his yards came on the Bulldogs' only touchdown on the game's first drive.
LSU won the coin toss and deferred until the second half for the third-straight game in 2005. Mississippi State elected to receive the ball and to defend the North endzone.
On the fifth play from scrimmage, Omarr Conner avoided the LSU pressure and threw over the top of drawn in Tigers secondary to a wide-open Joey Sanders. Sanders out-ran two Tigers for the score and the early lead. Keith Andrews tacked on the point after to put Mississippi State up, 7-0, with 12:46 to play in the first quarter.
The teams traded three-and-out possessions before the Tigers put their first points on the board with 5:02 remaining in the quarter. A 20-yard completion from Russell to Early Doucet put the offense inside the MSU 15-yard line, however, LSU had to settle for a Colt David 30-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3.
On the first play of their next offensive possession, the Tigers were able to take advantage of a pass interference flag that was mistakenly thrown against Doucet. Instead of first-and-25 from the LSU 28, the officials spotted the ball at the Mississippi State 49 for second-and-2.
Three plays later, Xavier Carter scored his first-career rushing touchdown on a reverse handoff from Joseph Addai. Carter, an NCAA track champion for LSU coach Dennis Shaver, sprinted around the right side, passed a convoy of Tigers blockers and gave LSU the 10-7 lead with 2:19 to play in the quarter.
Both of Carter's career touchdowns have now come at the hands of the Bulldogs.
On the second play of the second quarter, the Tigers once again capitalized on advantageous field position -- a 24-yard punt by Mississippi State's Blake McAdams -- to take the lead.
Starting on the MSU 46, Russell completed a 17-yard pass to Bennie Brazell and an 11-yarder to Skyler Green before Dwayne Bowe put a double move on a Bulldog cornerback to free himself in the right corner of the endzone. Russell completed the pass for a 14-yard touchdown put LSU ahead, 17-7, with 14:45 to play in the half.
With less than five minutes to play in the half, the Bulldogs drove into LSU territory and converted on fourth-and-2 from the LSU 43. However, Conner was intercepted in the endzone by Ronnie Prude to end the threat. The pickoff was the third of Prude's career.
LSU led 17-7 at the half.
The Tigers took out a short week's worth of frustrations on the Bulldogs in the third quarter, scoring on all three drives of the period to take a commanding 37-7 lead.
A steady diet of Addai and backup Shyrone Carey on the first drive of the half spelled a touchdown for the Tigers. The two contrasting backs ploughed the Bulldogs to their 1-yard line before giving way to fullback Jacob Hester for the score. The touchdown was first of Hester's career and gave LSU a 23-7 lead with 6:58 to play in the third quarter.
David missed his first PAT in 12 career attempts.
As a light rain began to fall, the Mississippi State faithful began to head for the exits. More departed 2:17 later when the Tigers took over at their own 41-yard line and traversed 59 yards in three plays for another touchdown.
The 0:27 drive was capped by a 44-yard touchdown pass from Russell to Bowe, the longest of the wide receiver's career. LSU led 30-7 with 4:33 left in the third quarter.
Before the end of the third quarter, LSU put another nail in the coffin. Green's 36-yard punt return setup three-straight runs by Addai, the last of which went for a 1-yard touchdown. The Tigers led, 37-7, with 1:38 left in the quarter.
Mississippi State finished the third quarter with minus-9 yards of total offense.
In a reserve roll, LSU's Matt Flynn completed 2-of-4 passes for 25 yards.
LSU returns to Baton Rouge immediately after the game and begins preparations for Vanderbilt (4-0, 2-0 SEC before Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee State). The Tigers will travel to Nashville for an Oct. 8 match-up with the Commodores. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
LSU at Mississippi State
Oct. 1, 2005 -- Davis Wade Stadium
1. LSU's game captains are 10 Joseph Addai, 41 Chris Jackson and 95 Kyle Williams.
2. LSU won the toss and deferred to the second half. Mississippi State received the opening kickoff.
3. Tigers extending their consecutive starts' streak today were: OT Andrew Whitworth (42), FS LaRon Landry (23) and DT Kyle Williams (23), LB Cameron Vaughn (15) and SS Jessie Daniels (15).
4. With Colt David's 30-yard field goal with 5:02 left in the first quarter, LSU's streak of consecutive field goals made was extended to eight.
5. With touchdown's by WR Xavier Carter, WR Dwayne Bowe and FB Jacob Hester in today's game, LSU has now had six different players score touchdowns this season (Carter, Bowe, Hester, JaMarcus Russell, Joseph Addai and Early Doucet).
6. LSU extended its sack streak to 40 straight games with a sack on Mississippi State QB Omarr Conner by DE Melvin Oliver late in the third quarter.
7. OT Andrew Whitworth started his 42nd straight game, moving the senior closer to fifth-place on LSU's all-time starts list. He now trails Chad Lavalais by one start for fifth place and the career record held by Jerel Myers and Rodney Reed with 48 starts.
8. C Ryan Miller played in his first game as a Tiger. The redshirt freshman entered the game late in the first quarter, spelling Rudy Niswanger.
9. WR Xavier Carter scored the first rushing touchdown of his career when the sophomore scampered 36 yard on a reverse with 2:19 left in the first quarter. The touchdown was his second of his career, having pulled down a pass for a score last year against Mississippi State.
10. WR Dwayne Bowe pulled in the sixth touchdown of his career with the 20-yard reception with 14:45 left in the second quarter. The score was the sophomore's first since the game at Georgia last season.
a. Bowe pulled down his seventh touchdown on a 44-yard pass with 4:33 left in the third quarter.
b. The 44-yard reception with 4:33 left in the third quarter was the longest of Bowe's career.
11. QB JaMarcus Russell tossed the 11th touchdown of his career and the second of the season with the 20-yard pass to Dwayne Bowe early in the second quarter.
12. CB Ronnie Prude collected the third interception of his career late in the second quarter.
13. With RB Joseph Addai's 2-yard reception late in the second quarter, the senior has now collected at least one reception in 11 straight games.
a. Addai scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season and the 13th of his career on a one-yard run with 1:38 left in the third quarter.
b. Addai has now scored a rushing touchdown in all three games this season.
14. FB Jacob Hester scored the first touchdown of his career on a one-yard run with 6:58 left in the third quarter.
15. QB JaMarcus Russell's 20 pass completions are a career high for the sophomore. His previous high was 16 at Arizona State earlier this season.
a. Russell's .870 (20-23) completion percentage is the highest by an LSU quarterback in a SEC game when attempting more than 20 passes. The previous high was .808 (21-26) by Alan Risher at Ole Miss in 1981.
16. DE Melvin Oliver collected the 12th sack of his career last in the third quarter. Oliver is now one behind teammate Kyle Williams on the career list, just out of the top 10.
17. RS Skyler Green became the fifth player in school history to reach 800 career punt return yards. He finished the game with 78 yards to extend his career yards to 873.
a. With Green's 78 return yards today, the senior passed Kevin Faulk for fourth-place on LSU's career punt return yards list. Faulk collected 832 during his career.