LSU/MSU Pre-game Notes

LSU and Mississippi State meet for the 103rd time on Saturday as the Tigers and Bulldogs are set for an 11:21 a.m. CT kickoff in Starkville, Miss.

LSU holds a 66-33-3 advantage in the series with Mississippi State that dates back to 1896.


The Tigers have played the Bulldogs more than any other team in the history of LSU football.


LSU is 11-6-2 all-time in games played in Starkville, and the Tigers have won four straight and eight of the last nine in Starkville.


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  • MSU’s last win over LSU in Starkville was in 1999, 17-16, and that is the Bulldogs’ only victory over LSU in the last 17 meetings.


    LSU enters the game ranked No. 7 in the country in both the AP and Coaches’ Poll.


    The Tigers are 3-0 on the year and are coming off a 31-3 victory over ULL last week.


    LSU head coach Les Miles is 45-11 in his fifth season at LSU.


    LSU has scored 30 or more points against the Bulldogs in nine straight games and in 10 of the last 11 contests.


    Leading LSU’s offense is sophomore signal caller Jordan Jefferson who has completed 47-of-73 passes (64.4%) for 475 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.


    The Tigers are ninth in the SEC in passing offense at 162 yards per game.


    Jefferson’s top two targets are Brandon LaFell (14-129-3 TDs) and Terrance Toliver (13-206-2 TDs).


    LaFell’s two touchdown catches against ULL last week tied him for seventh for LSU’s all-time career receiving touchdowns record joining Josh Reed and Ken Kavanaugh, Sr. with 17. LaFell is nine touchdown receptions away from tying the school record held by Dwayne Bowe at 26.


    LSU’s rushing attack that averages 163.7 yards a contest is tied for tenth in the league, and it is paced by Charles Scott (37-164) and Keiland Williams (27-164-2 TDs).


    The Tigers are currently ninth in the league in scoring at 28.3 points a game, and last in total offense with 325.7 yards a contest.


    In the last four games in Starkville, LSU’s defense has pitched two shutouts and held the Bulldogs to only 13 points in the other two meetings.


    LSU hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the last six quarters and John Chavis’ group is third in the SEC and 14th in the country allowing 11.7 points a game. The Tigers, however, are ninth in the conference in total yards allowed – 320 yards a game.


    Harry Coleman continues to lead LSU in tackles with 25, and two other linebackers are next as Kelvin Sheppard has 19 stops and Perry Riley checks in with 17.


    Rahim Alem has been the most productive defensive lineman with 12 tackles – 3.5 for loss – and two sacks. Alem is currently tied for sixth in the conference in sacks.


    Chad Jones is tied for first in the SEC with two interceptions and he is fifth on LSU’s defense with 13 tackles.


    LSU is giving up 129.3 yards a game on the ground and 190.7 through the air which puts them ninth in the SEC in both categories.


    Mississippi State enters the contest 2-1 and the Bulldogs defeated Vanderbilt on the road last week 15-3.


    Dan Mullen is in his first year with the Bulldogs after serving as offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer at Florida.


    Mississippi State’s offense is one spot behind LSU in scoring offense at 10th in the league with 28 points a game.


    The Bulldogs are two spots ahead of the Tigers at 10th in total offense averaging 349.3 yards a game.


    State’s run game is fourth in the league and 20th in the nation gaining on average 221.7 yards a contest. The passing offense isn’t nearly as good, though, and MSU is dead last in the SEC with 127.7 yards through the air a game.


    Mississippi State features a two-quarterback system led by Tyson Lee and Chris Relf.


    Lee has started all three games in 2009 and has completed 23-of-38 passes for 216 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He also has 30 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 attempts.


    Relf is the bigger running threat as he has 178 yards and a touchdown on 28 attempts, which is second on the team. He has also passed for 167 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions on 23-of-38 passing.


    State’s offense goes as far as Anthony Dixon can take it as he leads the team with 215 yards and a touchdown on 41 rushes in only two games. Dixon is only 393 yards shy of breaking Jerrious Norwood’s record as the school’s all-time leading rusher. Dixon already holds the career marks in rushing touchdowns – 31 – and rushing attempts – 694.


    Dixon hasn’t fared too well against LSU in three games as he has only 99 yards on 36 carries.


    State’s quarterbacks spread the ball around as 11 different receivers have caught passes. Leon Berry is the leader in catches with seven and yards with 77. True freshman Chad Bumphis leads the team with two touchdown grabs on six receptions for 45 yards.


    In State’s two wins this season, the defense is holding its opponents to 175.5 yards a game and only 5 points.


    In the Bulldogs’ 49-29 loss to Auburn, though, the defense yielded 589 yards of total offense – 390 rushing and 199 passing.



    State’s defense allows 19.7 points and 313.3 yards a game, good for eighth in the conference in both categories.


    The Bulldogs’ run defense is last in the SEC giving up 161.7 yards an outing, but the pass defense fares much better at fifth with 151.7 yards allowed a game.


    Linebacker K.J. Wright leads MSU with 21 tackles and his 2.5 stops for loss is also best on the squad.


    Defensive end Pernell McPhee leads the Bulldogs with 1.5 sacks and he also has eight tackles.


    Strong safety Charles Mitchell leads MSU’s secondary with 10 tackles and an interception.


    Kickoff is set for 11:21 a.m. CT and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.

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