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Takeaways from LSU's 37-7 loss at Mississippi State

Takeaways from LSU's 37-7 loss at Mississippi State

If this game was a measuring stick, then Mississippi State proved No. 12 LSU wasn't ready to size up. Aeris Williams led the Bulldogs with 146 yards on 23 carries.

LSU (2-1, 0-1) easily won its first two games of the season, but was overmatched by Mississippi State on both sides of the ball.

The Bulldogs jumped on LSU with a three-yard touchdown run from dual-threat quarterback Nick Fitzgerald early in the first quarter and kept their foot on the gas. None of Louisville's four possessions after the touchdown lasted longer than five plays, and Jackson was limited to 7-of-19 passing for 72 yards and a score with six carries for 55 yards. Freshman Jace Christmann made the first three field goals of his career, connecting from 30, 45 and 27 yards. Mississippi State scored 30 unanswered points after that.

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Quarterback Danny Etling was 13-of-29 for 137 yards, as a few of his passes were dropped. Derrius Guice had 76 yards rushing. Mississippi State dominated LSU at the line of scrimmage on most plays and the Tigers looked undisciplined and overmatched. LSU has most of its conference slate to make up for an ugly conference opener, not to mention an upcoming two-week run against out-of-league opponents Syracuse and Troy, but any hope that Orgeron could get the Tigers to the playoff for the first time this season has all but vanished.

Next, the Bulldogs will face another top 15 ranked team in Georgia in Athens.