LSU-Miss. State: News & notes

No. 3 Tigers look to extend their 11-game winning streak vs. the No. 25 Bulldogs in the first ever meeting when both are ranked.

LSU launched a short week of work Sunday, with a key road game looming at Mississippi State on Thursday night.


Some news, notes and nuggets on the No. 2-ranked Tigers and 25th-ranked Bulldogs:


Randle sore, but ready

Junior wide receiver Rueben Randle said his injured knee got sore in the second half against Northwestern State on Saturday and didn’t feel great Sunday when the Tigers went through a practice in shells and shorts.


But he said the trainers have him feeling better and ready to go in the short week.


Randle hauled in five passes for 121 yards against the Demons, making big plays with both quarterbacks, Jarrett Lee and Zach Mettenberger, in the game.


“With Jarrett, I’ve had reps with him throughout practice since I’ve been here, so we kind of developed chemistry then,” Randle said. “It’s not really something we have to work on. We just have to go out there and execute on Saturdays.”


Bulldog bites

--- Dating back to a strong finish last season, Mississippi State has won nine of its last 12 games and has scored 30 points or more in five games in a row.


--- This will be the ninth game in a row the Bulldogs play as a ranked team, their longest streak since 1999.


--- MSU tailback Vick Ballard has rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns in two games and is averaging 9.7 yards a carry, most of any player ranked in the top 15 nationally in yards gained this season.


--- In the last five games, Bulldogs’ quarterback Chris Relf has thrown for 1,190 yards with nine TDs and has also rushed for 356 yards on 98 carries with a pair of 100-yard games.


Moving the chains

--- LSU and Mississippi State will meet with both teams ranked for the first time in 105 games played. The Bulldogs are the last SEC team the Tigers had not met under those circumstances.


--- Since 1991, LSU has won 11 games in a row against State and 18 of the last 19. In the 11-game streak, the Tigers have outscored MSU 433-138, registering 40 points or more six times and 30 or more in all but one game (last season’s 29-7 triumph).


The Bulldogs have scored a touchdown or less six times in the 11 games and only once in the last 10 years has the game been decided by fewer than 10 points – two years ago when LSU survived a 30-24 decision with a goal-line stand in the closing seconds.


--- Despite a dominant 29-7 victory last season against Mississippi State, LSU managed only 264 total yards while allowing 268.


--- This is just the second time the Tigers have played on a Thursday night when it’s not a holiday or a bowl game – both at Mississippi State.


--- LSU coach Les Miles is 24-13 against Top 25 teams in his tenure, 21-9 against SEC West opponents and 15-9 in league road games (18-9 in road games overall). State coach Dan Mullen’s record against the West dipped to 2-9 last week with the loss to Auburn. Both wins have come vs. Ole Miss.


--- Tigers’ receivers coach/passing game coordinator Billy Gonzales coached with Mullen for nine seasons: Two each at Bowling Green and Utah and five at Florida. LSU offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa was also on the same staff at BGSU for those two years.


--- Lee has now thrown 105 passes without an interception dating back to the fourth quarter against Tennessee last season, which ties the fourth longest stretch in program history (Tommy Hodson in 1987-88). Alan Risher’s run of 137 straight passes without a pick is the most by a Tigers QB.


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