LSU dented the scoreboard first with a 7-yard touchdown run by LaBrandon Toefield with 13:53 left in the second quarter. During the drive, MSU had sacked LSU quarterback Rohan Davey at the LSU 47-yard line on a third and seven only to see a drive-extending holding penalty give LSU new life and eventually the touchdown.
On the next MSU series, sophomore quarterback Kevin Fant took over the quarterback duties and drove MSU down to the LSU 22-yard line only to see an interception stop the play.
LSU, after returning the interception to the LSU 36-yard line, drove 64 yards for their second touchdown of the night.
The MSU offense, once again showing signs of life with Fant at the helm, drove from their own 15-yard line to the LSU 2-yard line. After a third and eight pass attempt failed, MSU kicker John Michael Marlin came on to try a 37-yard field goal. The kick failed after going wide left.
Coach Sherrill made note of Fan't play in the first half, "I thought we showed some very good spark when Kevin came into the game."
Neither team did anything in their next series and the half ended with LSU leading 14-0.
"We gave up two big plays in the first half. Defensively, I thought we did a good job other than allowing the two big plays," said Coach Sherrill. "Offensively, we had the ball 43 snaps and you have to score points."
Coach Sherrill went on to say that, "I felt good the first half. We kept on fighting and playing and making some plays and we played hard."
For the first half, MSU led in total yards with 217 to LSU's 170. MSU's Kevin Fant, in his most extended playing time this season, was 8-of-15 for 112 yards.
The third quarter started off with LSU receiving the kickoff. After LSU failed to get a first down, they punted to MSU's Ray Ray Bivines. Bivines fumbled the ball and LSU recovered on the MSU 38-yard line.
LSU once again took advantage of a MSU mistake.
LSU, on five plays, scored their third touchdown of the night. With 11:23 showing on the clock in the third quarter, LSU led 21-0.
On MSU's next series, Fant, on a third and seven, threw another interception at the MSU 21-yard line.
LSU once again would take full advantage of the MSU turnover.
On just four plays, LSU scored their fourth touchdown of the night. They now led 28-0. Three of their four scores came after crucial mistakes by what appears to be a seemingly snake-bitten MSU team.
After MSU punted to LSU on their next series, LSU sealed the coffin with a 6-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that ended with Rohan Davey throwing a 29-yard touchdown strike to Eric Edwards.
MSU, still not showing signs of giving up, drove the ball from their own 8-yard line to the LSU 39-yard line only to see senior quarterback Wayne Madkin throw the third MSU interception of the night.
LSU scored their final points of the game on the ensuing drive to make the final score 42-0.
LSU ended up with 418 total yards to MSU's 322. MSU had four turnovers while LSU did not turn the ball over.
"We didn't play good pass defense in the second half at all," said Coach Sherrill. "We turned some people loose."
Toefield led LSU in rushing with 55 yards, while Rohan Davey was 16-of-25 for 255 yards and 3 touchdowns. Josh Reed led LSU in receptions with 10 for 146 yards.
MSU was led in rushing by Dicenzo Miller with 50 yards. "Dicenzo played very, very hard," said Coach Sherrill. Kevin Fant was 11-of-26 with two interceptions. Terrell Grindle caught 4 passes for 67 yards.
"For the fourth week in a row, we did not catch the ball well at all," said Coach Sherrill. "We have to make those plays. The bottom line is we have to score points."
Next up for the Bulldogs is the Kentucky Wildcats after an open date next weekend. LSU hosts the Ole Miss Rebels.
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