News and notes: LSU vs. MSU

Go inside for the game notes from Thursday's LSU win over Mississippi State.

- LSU has won 20 straight games during the month of September. The Tigers' last loss during the month: Sept. 16, 2006 in a 7-3 defeat at Auburn.

- With the win, the Tigers remain perfect against Mississippi State during the Les Miles era (7-0). The program's overall win streak against the Bulldogs was extended to 12 games.

- When Les Miles has a dominant run game, the Tigers often find victory. Spencer Ware topped the century mark on Thursday (109 yards on 22 carries) to move Miles to 23-2 when one of his running backs goes over 100 yards. When LSU has a 100-yard rusher on the road, Miles is 5-0.

- Quarterback Jarrett Lee's run without an interception ended just short of the LSU school record. Prior to being intercepted in the fourth quarter against the Bulldogs, Lee had a streak of 131 passes without a turnover.

- Lee, who suffered an ankle injury against Northwestern State and sat out the entire second half of the 49-3 win, said that the injury did not give him any problems on Thursday night. Despite the short week, wide receiver Rueben Randle said that the staff sat Lee out of practice after the win over the Demons in order to rehab the injury.

"He got a couple days off," Randle said. "The first couple days he got off to just get that ankle back ready. He came back in later on in the week and did his thing."

Lee on the injury: "The ankle didn't bother me one bit at all, so it's healing up."

- Kicker Drew Alleman's four field goals (21, 42, 41 and 29 yards) was the second most in a single game in the school's history. Alleman is tied with five other kickers who reached the mark, including Josh Jasper, who set the school record with five field goals against Mississippi State last season.

- Cornerback Morris Claiborne's two interceptions marked the first multi-interception game by an LSU player since Claiborne and Patrick Peterson pulled off the feat against the Bulldogs last season.

- It was a banner night for freshman receiver Odell Beckham, who grabbed a team-high eight passes. The last time an LSU player put up a higher total was Oct. 13, 2001, when Michael Clayton had nine receptions against Kentucky.

"He's done a great job for us," Lee said. "He's a young player making big plays for us. We are going to keep going to him with the ball."

- For the first time since the 2011 Cotton Bowl and just the second time in his career, sophomore running back Spencer Ware went over the century mark on the ground (107 yards on 22 carries). Ware ran for 102 yards against Texas A&M last January.

"It took us a long time, but there was a time there late in the game where we felt like their defense was tired and breathing hard," Ware said. "We were on the field a lot late in the game, and we that to just run and run and grind the end of the game out. That's our goal every week."

- The offensive line was forced to work without starting left tackle Chris Faulk, who was injured on LSU's first possession. Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa went with senior Greg Shaw, who recorded his first career start when Alex Hurst went down at right tackle last season.

Studrawa also pulled the plug on senior Will Blackwell, who struggled at the right guard spot – highlighted by a string of second half penalties that forced the Tigers into an early punting situation. Sophomore Josh Williford filled in for Blackwell.

"I have confidence in those kids, both Williford and Shaw," Studrawa said. "I have confidence right now in 10 linemen. I don't have any qualms about putting those guys in the game and then expecting the exact same results.

- Sophomore cornerback Tyrann Mathieu recorded 10 tackles, which tied his career record. Mathieu was in one nine solo stops.

- Bennie Logan led the team and set a career-high with 3.5 tackles for loss. Prior to Thursday night, Logan's best mark came against Louisiana-Monroe in 2010, when he assisted on one tackle in the backfield. It was also a memorable night for fellow defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, a true freshman that recorded his first collegiate sack in the first SEC contest he was a part of.

As a unit, the Tigers recorded 15 tackles for loss for 60 yards. Logan, Johnson, Mike Brockers, Ken Adams, Brandon Taylor, Ryan Baker, Lavar Edwards and Tyrann Mathieu were all in on stops in the backfield.

- Ryan Baker got the start after he missed the Northwestern State game for a violation of team rules, but Thursday's contest ended on a sour note for the senior linebacker. Baker was spotted limping and wearing a protective boot as he headed to the team bus after the game.


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