LSU showed its early season growing inexperience with some costly penalties against Mississippi State.
The Tigers committed nine total, combining for a loss of 95 yards. There were four in particular that erased big plays, including a pair of would-be touchdowns.
Let's take a look back at the replays of those four penalties to determine what happened and whether the call was justified.
RG Josh Boutte | HOLDING
This one came early on LSU's second offensive possession of the game. Boutte making his first career start hooks the MSU player across the shoulder as he attempts to get past him. This would've resulted in a 37-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Harris to Travin Dural. LSU would still get in the end zone before the end of the drive, but the penalty erased what would've been the Tigers' first deep ball of the season.
You can see why Boutte got called for the hold. Granted, that's something that happens on most every play and gets ignored as often as it gets called. But the umpire had a clear view of Boutte, and he'll throw that flag more often than not in that situation.
LG William Clapp | CLIPPING
Clapp makes a very dangerous and unnecessary play here. Brandon Harris had broken free from the pocket and started to scramble upfield on 2nd-and-6 early in the second quarter. The trailing defender had no chance at catching Harris, but Clapp goes low anyway and takes out the player's legs.
That could have easily been a season-ending injury for the MSU player and just didn't need to be made. Harris would've picked up 16 yards on the play, but instead, LSU would punt a few plays later.
WR John Diarse | HOLDING
On LSU's next possession, Travin Dural took a jet sweep on the first play from scrimmage. He ran it all the way to the end zone for what would've been an 89-yard touchdown to make it 21-0 about 20 minutes into the game.
As the reply shows though, John Diarse had every bit of that MSU cornerback. Diarse had him by both shoulders and never let go.
What's worse, Dural probably didn't even need that block from Diarse to break that run. LSU eventually punted on that drive.
LT Jerald Hawkins | HOLDING
LSU was clinging to a one-possession lead and trying to milk clock. The Tigers had a decent drive going after a couple of first down runs by Leonard Fournette and Brandon Harris. Darrel Williams and broke off a 7-yarder that got LSU deeper into Bulldog territory.
Hawkins got called for this penalty though, and that brought the run back. LSU's drive stalled after that as the Tigers only picked up six yards on the next three plays.
MSU got the ball on the next possession and scored to bring the deficit to only two.