LSU fights off late rally to defeat Mississippi State in top 25 battle
Mississippi State kicker Devon Bell missed a last-second, 52-yard field goal as the No. 14 LSU Tigers held on to beat the No. 25 Mississippi State Bulldogs, 21-19, on Saturday.
A delay of game penalty with eight seconds remaining pushed the Bulldogs back 5 yards from what would have been a 47-yard field goal to a 52-yarder for the young kicker.
Before the final seconds, however, it was the Leonard Fournette show on Saturday night.
The Heisman-hopeful ran for three touchdowns and a career-high 159 yards on 28 carries as the LSU defense did just enough to slow down Mississippi State’s All-SEC quarterback, Dak Prescott
The Tigers’ defense was embarrassed by the Bulldogs last season, but stepped up in a big way to slow down the SEC’s most experienced, and possibly most physically gifted, quarterback just enough to hold on for the win. LSU defenders Davon Godchaux, Arden Key, Kendell Beckwith and Tashawn Bower lived in the Bulldogs’ backfield and harassed Prescott all night.
Prescott, who struggled early in the contest, got into a rhythm in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs’ quarterback went 34-of-52 passing for 335 yards and had one passing touchdown and ran for another score.
LSU quarterback Brandon Harris didn’t have eye-popping numbers, but did just enough to protect the ball and keep Fournette and the offense on the field. The Bossier City native was 9-of-14 for 71 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Harris did have a perfect touchdown throw called back because of a holding call in the first quarter.
Harris, who won the starting job during summer camp, made his second career start and got his first victory as a starter in a loud and hostile environment.