Tigers dominate second half, win 14th straight against State

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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.