But Mississippi State responded with 30 straight points.
Next, the Bulldogs will face another top 15 ranked team in Georgia in Athens.
Nick Fitzgerald accounted for four touchdowns as Mississippi State stunned No. 12 LSU 37-7 Saturday night in Starkville. In all, LSU was penalized nine times for 112 yards. Darrel Williams had five rushes for 29 yards and LSU's only touchdown.
The highlight of LSU's passing game was a 67-yard TD erased by a penalty: It seemed as if quarterback Danny Etling either locked on primary receivers a bit too much or he held the ball too long, hoping one of receivers could get separation.
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In an early battle between two new coordinators, Mississippi State DC Todd Grantham won the chess match against more heralded LSU OC Matt Canada. 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. Aeris Williams led the Bulldogs with 146 yards on 23 carries. He also threw for 180 yards and another two scores.
The beatdown casts serious doubt on the notion that the continuity brought by the Orgeron hire would pay immediate dividends.
LSU: It's not just that the Tigers lost, but how they lost. If any team is going to change that over the next three months, though, it might be Mississippi State.