LSU 29, MSU 7 - Final Notes

LSU took care of Mississippi State behind a strong defensive performance and a 5-for-5 night from Josh Jasper.

LSU vs. Mississippi State

Sept. 18, 2010 – Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, La.) 

LSU Postgame Notes


Team Notes

1. LSU’s game captains were 30 Josh Jasper, 43 Daniel Graff, 10 Russell Shepard, 34 Stevan Ridley and 92 Drake Nevis.  

2. Mississippi State won the toss and deferred to the second half. LSU received the opening kickoff.

3. Tigers making their first career starts: 24 RB Alfred Blue

4. LSU won its 16th straight game in the month of September. The Tigers are now 19-2 under Les Miles in September games. 

5. Tonight’s game was the latest scheduled home opener for LSU since the 1993 season when the Tigers played host to Auburn, also on September 18. 

6. By keeping Mississippi State out of the endzone in the first quarter, LSU ran its streak of consecutive SEC games without allowing a first quarter touchdown to eight straight games dating back to last year’s Mississippi State game. 

7. LSU shutout an SEC opponent in the first half for the second straight week. 

8. LSU’s five interceptions are the most by the Tigers since picking off six passes at Mississippi State in 2007.  

9. LSU has now won 11 straight games against Mississippi State. The last time the Bulldogs beat the Tigers was in Starkville during the 1999 season. It also marks the 10th consecutive win for LSU over MSU in Tiger Stadium dating back to 1991.

10. LSU improved to 25-1 during Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium under Les Miles.

11. LSU starts the season 3-0 under Les Miles for the fourth straight season.  

12. Les Miles remained undefeated against Mississippi State (6-0). 

Individual Notes

13. PK Josh Jasper set an LSU record with field goals in a half with four during the opening stanza -- a 44-yarder with 9:38 left in the first quarter, a 32-yarder with 14:50 to go in the second quarter, a 51-yarder with 7:37 to go in the second quarter and a 37-yarder with 1:18 left in the second quarter. 

a. Jasper also set the LSU record for field goals in a game with five. It broke the previous record of four in one game, set nine different times. Jasper’s previous career high was four against Arkansas last season. 

b. Jasper is now 7-of-8 for the season and 26-of-30 for his career. He remains the LSU career leader in field goal percentage

(.867). For his career, he is 5-of-7 from 40 yards or more. Beyond 50-yards, Jasper is 3-c. With his five made field goals tonight, Jasper moved into a tie for eighth place with Chris Jackson (2003-06) for career field goals made with 26. 

d. With his two PATs tonight, Jasper improved to a perfect 48-of-48 for his career. The 48 consecutive PATs put him into the LSU top five in consecutive PATs, surpassing John Corbello’s 47 PATs (1999-2002). 

14. QB Jordan Jefferson tallied his third career rushing touchdown with a 16-yard run at the 5:16 mark in the third quarter. 

15. RB Stevan Ridley scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:23 remaining in the third quarter. It was his second TD of the season and fifth of his career. 

16. WR Rueben Randle matched his career-high with four receptions for the second time in 2010.   

17. CB Patrick Peterson recorded LSU’s first interception of the year and returned it 46 yards to the LSU 48. He added another spectacular pick in the fourth quarter. 

a. For Peterson, it was his fourth and fifth career interceptions. The 46-yard return was the longest of his career. It marks his first two-interception game.

18. CB Morris Claiborne recorded his first two career interceptions. 

a. He returned his first pick for 28 yards followed by a 29-yard effort on his second INT.  

19. The last time LSU had a player with two INT’s in a game was CB Chad Jones against Louisiana-Lafayette last season. 

20. DT Drake Nevis recorded his first career interception with 2:24 left in the third quarter. He also recorded a career-high nine tackles highlighted by three solo stops. The Marrero native has racked up four TFL’s in his last two games.   

21. LB Ryan Baker paced the LSU defense with a career-best 10 tackles. He has set a new personal tackles mark in back-to-back weeks. 

22. LB Stefoin Francois totaled a career-high nine tackles, his previous mark was four against Louisiana-Lafayette last season.  

23. CB Tyrann Mathieu recorded his second career sack and second career forced fumble. 

24. DE Sam Montgomery notched a career-high six tackles and added 1.5 tackles for loss, which matches his career-best set earlier this season against North Carolina.  

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