Zach Mettenberger threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns as 10th ranked LSU beat Mississippi State 59-26 Saturday night in Starkville.
LSU beat State for the 14th consecutive season. State’s last win in the series was 1999.
State took the lead 23-21 on a 59 yard second quarter touchdown pass from Tyler Russell to De’Runnya Wilson. But, with 00:17 to play in the half, the Tigers took the lead or good on a 14 yard pass from Mettenberger to Odell Beckham Junior. Mettenberger tossed a high throw near the left pylon. Beckham leaped and took the ball away from a defender.
LSU outscored State 28-0 in the fourth quarter. With 14:50 to play in the game Mettenberger hit Beckham on a 33 yard touchdown pass. Beckham caught the ball in the left flat, sidestepped two defenders and raced to the endzone.
Mettenberger was 25 0 29 passing. Jeremy Hill rushed 16 times for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns.
LSU had 563 yards of total offense.
The LSU defense, gashed in the first half, held Mississippi State to 3 points in the second half.