NOTEBOOK: LSU vs. Miss. State

Aside from Game three of the season against Auburn, LSU has found jumping out to a dominating lead simple.

Including Auburn, the Tigers have outscored their opponents 66-0 in the first quarter of games and have a 118-13 point total lead over all opponents in the first half. Discounting Auburn, LSU has put up at least 14 points in the first quarter of every game in 2006 thus far.

 

Like the Tigers' other victims this season, Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom stated part of the reason his team got off to a slow start was because of LSU.

 

"We didn't play with any confidence at all, and it was not aggressive in that first quarter," Croom said. "And when we play teams of the caliber of LSU the only chance you have to beat them is to be aggressive and go out there and look them in the eye and challenge them. We talked about that all week, and that was the idea we tried to sell to our players, that we were going to look them in the eye and challenge them. Then from there whatever happens happens, but we didn't do that early."

 

Both LSU and MSU ran 14 offensive plays in the first quarter, but the difference came in what they did with them. While the Bulldogs picked up just two first downs and went three and out three times, the Tigers outgained MSU, 212 yards to 24. JaMarcus Russell was 7-of-8 for 202 yards during the first 15 minutes of play and found the end zone twice on passes to Early Doucet and Craig Davis.

 

It took 95 years, but for the second time in school history, LSU has opened its first four games of the season at home with 40-point performances. The Tigers beat each of their first three home foes by 42 points and added a 31-point blistering of MSU to their current résumé. In 1911, LSU posted a 5-0 record at home, shutting out each of those five teams. The Tigers beat Southwestern Louisiana, 42-0; Louisiana Normal, 46-0; Mississippi College, 40-0; and Meteor AC, 40-0. LSU's 40-point streak at home came to an end that year at with a season-ending 6-0 win over Tulane. 

 

 

A CENTURY OF LSU-MISSISSIPPI STATE

 

Although LSU has 64 wins over Mississippi State in a series that dates back to 1896, the Bulldogs are not the team the Tigers have the most wins over since football began at LSU. That distinction belongs to Tulane, whom the Tigers have defeated 66 times.

The Tigers have won seven straight over Mississippi State, dating back to Nick Saban's first season at LSU in 2000. LSU has won 14 of the last 15 contests against the Bulldogs and has as the only blemish on the record a 16-17 loss in 1999 that may have gone the Tigers' way had instant replay been part of the game back then.

 

Jerry Stovall is the last head coach in LSU history to suffer more than one loss to Mississippi State in his tenure. Stovall's teams dropped four straight to the Bulldogs from 1980-1983. Prior to Stovall, the last LSU head coach to post a losing record against Mississippi State during his Tiger career was Gaynell "Gus" Tinsley.

 

 

A PASSING TOUCHDOWN FROM AN OPPONENT

 

Four games, three quarters and a rain delay transpired in the 2006 season before LSU allowed an opponent to score a touchdown on a pass completion.

 

With 9:57 to go in the fourth quarter, Omarr Conner connected with Tony Burks on a 46-yard scoring pass in the Tigers' end zone that LSU defensive back Sammy Joseph failed to completely defend against.

 

The Tigers had been just one of two teams left in the nation last Saturday not to have given up a touchdown by way of pass.           

 

 

WHO CAUGHT THAT?

 

With time running out in the first quarter and the Tigers looking for their third score of the day, Russell dropped back to pass and, after scrambling a bit, launched a ball downfield. He never saw the catch, he only knew that Craig Davis was coming across the field to get it. But Davis, Russell's intended target, wasn't the one who hauled in what turned out to be a 55-yard pass.

 

True freshman Richard Dickson, a native of Ocean Springs, MS, who got yet another start in place of an ailing Keith Zinger, had also broken off of his assigned route. During the streak pattern he ran, Dickson actually turned his body around to adjust to Russell's pass while it was in flight to make the catch and put the Tigers down at the Mississippi State two yard line.


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