FINAL: LSU 37, Mississippi State 17
Tiger Stadium was almost empty long before all was said and done on Saturday night.
LSU fans had long since left the stadium and taken to the streets of Baton Rouge thinking of what could have been. Just before the start of the action in Death Valley, the Tiger faithful heard the news that No. 1 Alabama had been upset by Texas A&M.
Translation: If the Tigers had taken care of business against the Tide last week, they would have had a shot at defending their SEC title, and perhaps an outside shot at a national title berth.
Instead, they settled for a victory over No. 21 Mississippi State—hardly a consolation prize. The Bulldogs gave the Tigers a tough contest, taking a 7-0 lead out of the gates.
It looked like LSU might be suffering from a post-Bama hangover, but Les Miles somehow found the cure. The Tigers outscored the Dawgs 20-3 over the remainder of the first half and carried over their strong play into the second 30 minutes.
In the end, the LSU defense made a few enormous plays to stifle the MSU comeback hopes and drop the Bulldogs to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the SEC. Meanwhile, LSU improved to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the SEC.