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Tiger Whimper: Mississippi State Hammers LSU

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The Bulldogs pummeled the Tigers in Starkville.

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Mississippi State Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

The Mississippi St. Bulldogs were a 7 point underdog to the LSU Tigers. LSU only scored 7 points on the night, and the Bulldogs pounded on the Tigers repeatedly throughout the entire game.

The Bulldogs were dynamic on both offense and defense. Nick Fitzgerald accounted for four touchdowns on the night (2 running and 2 passing) while throwing for 180 yards and running for an additional 88. When Fitzgerald wasn’t torching the Tigers, Aeris Williams was grinding away yards on the ground. He racked up 146 yards on 23 carries.

Not to be outdone, the defense completely manhandled the LSU Tigers all night long. The Tigers were only able to accumulate 270 yards total on the night, and only reached the end zone one time. Derrius Guice ran for just 75 yards and was a non-factor for most of the 2nd half due to the fact LSU was in such a large hole throughout the 2nd half.

Defensively, Jeffery Simmons was in the face of Danny Etling all night long. The vaunted LSU rushing attack was held in check mostly due to Simmons effort.

The Bulldogs accumulated 465 yards of total offense against the team with best ranked defense in the SEC. Finding a way to move the football was supposed to be an imposing task for the Bulldogs, but they did it at will on Saturday night.

Much of the focus on the game prior to tonight was on which team was going to prove they were the real deal. Both Mississippi State and LSU had impressive victories in their first two games, and most expected LSU to prove they were the contender.

But the Bulldogs had other things to say about that. The Bulldogs will likely jump into the rankings and head to Athens, GA for a big cross divisional showdown in week 4. The game will take place at 6:00 and be seen on ESPN.