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Takeaways from LSU's 37-7 loss at Mississippi State

NCAA Football Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech Gerri Green and MSU’s defense have been high-havoc thus far. Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Kristopher Love | 17 September, 2017, 09:54

On a night where the Bulldogs ran for 285 yards against the highty-touted LSU defense, Mixon was able to make more than his share of plays in the passing game.

Mississippi State earned its first win over LSU in Starkville since 1999 Saturday night. It showed when the Tigers fall behind by double digits, because when they have to play faster offensively the line looks slow and plodding with nothing left in the tank.

Running back Derrius Guice gained only 76 yards on 15 carries for 76 yards. Also, Etling, because Mississippi State's defense was the first this season to force him to move, had a awful passing night.

Aeris Williams led the Bulldogs with 146 yards rushing and averaged 6.3 yards per carry.

Quarterback Danny Etling was 13-of-29 for 137 yards, as a few of his passes were dropped. The Tigers were also sloppy - two touchdown plays were negated because of penalties.

When these two teams met last season, LSU came out on top 23-20 despite being outscored by Mississippi State 14-0 in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs will get their shot at the Crimson Tide at Davis Wade Stadium in November, but first they'll need to survive a road back-to-back against Georgia and Auburn, plus the rest of a rigorous conference schedule.