LSU-MSU pre-game notes

LSU and Mississippi State will meet for the 102nd time on Saturday night when the Tigers and Bulldogs square off at 6:45 on ESPN2. No. 5 ranked LSU has won 15 of the last 16 meetings and goes into tonight's game as a heavy favorite.

LSU brings a 3-0 overall mark and a 1-0 record in league play into the Mississippi State contest.

 

Mississippi State, 1-3 overall and 0-1 in conference action, is coming off a 38-7 setback to Georgia Tech last week.

 

LSU goes into the State contest having won eight straight and 15 of the last 16 against the Bulldogs, including last year’s 45-0 win in Starkville.

 

LSU and Mississippi State will play for the 102nd time with the Tigers holding a 65-33-3 advantage in the series that dates back to 1896.

 

The Tigers have played MSU more than any other team.

 

The LSU/MSU series dates back to a 52-0 LSU win in 1896.

 

LSU is 44-18-1 vs. MSU in Baton Rouge.

 

LSU has also won its last eight games vs. Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium.

 

State's last win over LSU in Tiger Stadium came in 1991 by a 28-19 count.

 

LSU has outscored MSU 295-43 in the last seven games, including a 45-0 win last year in Starkville.

 

LSU has scored 30 or more points in seven straight and eight of the last nine against MSU.

 

LSU has won 27 straight Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium with 10 of those coming against SEC foes. LSU hasn't lost a Saturday night game in Tiger Stadium since the 2002 season. 

 

Thru three games, LSU is averaging 36 points and 427.3 yards (220 rush, 207.3 pass), both of which rank second in the SEC.

 

Charles Scott continues to lead the SEC in rushing with 131.3 yards per game.

 

Scott has rushed for 100 yards in each of LSU's three games, including 132 in the win over Auburn.

 

LSU's dual quarterback system of Jarrett Lee and Andrew Hatch has combined to complete 46 of 87 passes for 600 yards and five touchdowns with three interceptions. Lee leads with 382 passing yards and four scores.

 

Brandon LaFell is tops on the squad and first in the SEC with 82.7 receiving yards per game.

 

LSU is allowing 12.3 points and 252.7 yards (55.3 rush, 197.3 pass) per game on defense.

 

Thru 12 quarters of football this year, LSU's defense has yielded three touchdowns.

 

Harry Coleman leads the Tigers with 17 tackles, while Chris Hawkins leads the team with a pair of interceptions.

 

For the season, Brady Dalfrey is averaging 37.9 yards punts. Of his 13 punts, 7 have been downed inside the 20-yard line.

 

Senior linebacker Darry Beckwith (leg - unspecified injury) is expected to miss his second straight game this week against Mississippi State.

 

LSU coach Les Miles improved his record in SEC regular season games to 20-5 following the win over Auburn.

 

Now three games into his fourth season as head coach of the Tigers, Les Miles is tied with Southern Cal's Pete Carroll for most victories by a head coach at the highest level of college football since 2005.

 

Miles and Carroll have both won 36 games since 2005, one more than Jim Tressel (Ohio State) and Mack Brown (Texas).

 

A quarter of the way through the season, Mississippi State's defense ranks among the nation's leaders in pass defense.

 

State is seventh nationally in pass efficiency defense (87.58), fourth in the country in passing yards allowed per game (126.5), and 37th in total defense (308.0).

 

With an all-time record of 5-14 (.263) in games televised by ESPN2, Mississippi State will look for its first win on the national cable outlet since Sylvester Croom's first game on the sidelines for State, a 28-7 victory over Tulane in 2004.

 

Mississippi State defenders rank 19th nationally and third in the Southeastern Conference with an average of 7.5 tackles-for-loss each game.

 

State posted a season-best 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage against Auburn in its first conference game of the season.

 

With 270 yards on 56 carries in the first four games, Mississippi State junior tailback Anthony Dixon has now compiled 2,004 rushing yards on 512 attempts in 29 career games.

 

Dixon stands fourth all time in attempts and became the school's 10th 2,000-yard rusher last weekend.

 

Dixon’s 25 rushing touchdowns also ranks second on the schools charts (Michael Davis, 27, 1991-94).


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