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Mississippi State embarrasses No. 12 LSU

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

No. 12-ranked LSU traveled into Starkville, Miss. to face an unranked Mississippi State team, and was expected to come out with an easy victory.

Not so fast.

The Bulldogs controlled the game from start to finish, outplaying LSU in every facet of the game en route to a 37-7 victory.

The first quarter was mediocre at best for both teams, with neither scoring and both heavily utilizing their punters. LSU star running back Derrius Guice only managed a meager 14 yards on 4 carries. He finished with 76 yards on 15 carries.

The lone touchdown came courtesy of Darrel Williams, who managed 66 yards across both rushing and receiving.

The Bulldogs were piloted by Nick Fitzgerald, who was efficient to the tune of 15-for-23 with 180 yards and two touchdowns, including a 45-yard touchdown strike to Keith Mixon that widened the lead and ultimately put the dagger in LSU late in the third quarter.

On the ground, Mississippi State received a huge boost from Aeris Williams, who rushed for 146 yards on 23 carries.

The defense was just as good, holding quarterback Danny Etling to 13-of-29 passing for 127 yards.

Mississippi State, now 3-0 to start the season, will continue conference play next week when it takes on Georgia as visitors. As for the Tigers, they will get a chance to regroup when they host the Syracuse Orange next weekend.

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