The LSU Tigers just won a game by 16 points with 240 yards of total offense. There are no typos in that last sentence. LSU and the Mississippi State Bulldogs have been known to play games that slog offensively in the past with their physical play styles, but tonight was an all-timer.
In the 19-3 victory for the Tigers, the LSU defense absolutely stymied the Mississippi State offense. On Mississippi State’s first drive, their first two plays were flagged for false starts and on the fourth play of the the drive, Nick Fitzgerald’s first pass attempt was intercepted by Michael Divinity Jr.
This was only the beginning of a comically bad game for Fitzgerald who did rush for 131 yards, but finished 8/24 passing with 59 yards and four interceptions.
As stated before, LSU didn’t have a particularly good day on offense, but they didn’t have to. Cole Tracy was the joint MVP for the Tigers along with the defense. All four of his field goal attempts were successful.
Joe Burrow just played game manager because Ed Orgeron and the staff correctly placed their faith in the defense to get the Dawgs’ horribly one dimensional offense off of the field in third and long situations, of which there were many. The Bulldogs finished the night at 2-14 on third down.
There wasn’t much else to note in this game other than the controversial targeting call on Devin White in the fourth quarter.
Here's the targeting call that got #LSU LB Devin White ejected and will force him to miss the first half vs Alabama. pic.twitter.com/qKKtF6QBmy— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) October 21, 2018
This is huge news for LSU as he’s now suspended for the first half of the Alabama game on November 3. For Mississippi State, a legitimate QB controversy is now on the table before they face Texas A&M next week.