Published September 15, 2011 - 10:40pm
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LSU went into Starkville and came out a winner against the Mississippi State Bulldogs 19-6, and this LSU defense really came to play tonight against what looked to be a top-ranked offense in the SEC.
Here are three take aways from this LSU victory over Mississippi State:
1. Jarrett Lee is good enough to lead this team in big games: Mississippi State dared Lee to beat them tonight because they stacked the box to stop the run, and he did just that by throwing the only touchdown of the football game to Rueben Randle. Lee finished 21 for 27 for 213 yards and one touchdown pass. He also threw an interception late in the game, but he played very well tonight and showed some leadership and poise. He’s now beaten two top 25 teams in Oregon and Mississippi State in this short season, and he looked decent in both games. It will be interesting to see how things play out when Jordan Jefferson returns, or if he even returns. I have been pleasantly surprised with Lee’s play so far.
2. LSU’s defense is suffocating: This defense might be as good as Alabama’s defense – notice I said might. They are very fast and physical, but we already knew this after the Oregon game. This defensive line and secondary put on a clinic all night. John Chavis has an outstanding defense that will keep them in every single football game they play all year. The Tigers only gave up 189 total yards and 49 rushing yards to the best running team in the conference, and they also added five sacks and 16 tackles for loss. Morris Claiborne had two interceptions, and combined with Tyrann Mathieu, these two are a dominant duo in the secondary. This defense is scary good.
3. Mississippi State needs to regroup: The Bulldogs have the wind out of their sails right now with two straight losses to Auburn and LSU, but this is still a good football team with very winnable games ahead on the schedule. They just ran into a mack truck tonight in this LSU defense. This team could still be the best rushing football team in the SEC, but they will have to progress in the passing game moving forward because teams will make the Bulldogs beat them through the air.
Once again, LSU wins in LSU-like fashion. A complete domination defensively, with solid offensive play. The Tigers could be the team to beat in the SEC West.