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LSU's offensive second half woes continue in 23-20 win against Mississippi State

Tiger Blitz details how LSU's offensive second half woes continued in 23-20 win against Mississippi State.

During LSU's scoreless second half versus Mississippi State (1-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) on Saturday, a man took his concerns for LSU's late-game, offensive struggles to Twitter.

"Soooo, the offense is cursed in 2nd halves?" he wrote.

Cursed? Can't be. At least not after LSU's (2-1, 1-0 SEC) 23-20 win on Saturday night, Tigers say.

But something's not right.

Between the two halves, LSU's offense was night and day for the second week in a row. In consecutive drives during the final 30 minutes of LSU's second win of the season, LSU punted, then fumbled, punted again, had a turnover on downs, another punt then the game ended.

Similarly, last Saturday, LSU fell into the same issues. On straight drives in the second half, the Tigers forked over an interception, punted, scored a touchdown, fumbled then punted before time expired against Jacksonville State.

Does LSU have a second half curse?

No, junior receiver D.J. Chark says. At least not this week.

LSU's two-turnover second half hindered the offense, Chark and Dural said.

"I'm not sure. Personally, I felt like we were doing great in the second half," Chark said.

D.J. Chark: “We felt like we were moving the ball great. We just had a few turnovers that kind of messed things up. We were still dominant. They couldn’t really stop us, we were just stopping ourselves ... We were still racking up yards. We just have to finish our drives."

Senior wide receiver Travin Dural blamed LSU's execution on offense.

"The coaches were calling the right plays," he said. "We just need to execute better. We had guys getting open."

LSU's defense allowed 17 unanswered points in the second half as LSU hadn't scored since a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter.

"The defense really picked us up," Chark said. "We picked them up in the first half. They were playing great, we just started fast. Then they were able to help us out."


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