LSU: Laissez Les Tigres Roulez! LSU romps 48-17
The LSU band was playing Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer" as the game ended, and for LSU fans, the Bayou Bengals answered their prayers in a big way today, having little trouble in routing Mississippi State today, 48-17.
The game was highlighted by the outstanding play of JaMarcus Russell, who was nearly perfect in completing 18 of 20 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns.
"Obviously JaMarcus Russell and our passing game had a great day," said LSU Head Coach Les Miles. "He threw 14 consecutive completions, 18-of-20. He is a tremendous weapon for us. He really performs when called on. We took him out of the game and put him back in the game. We told him we wanted to engineer a drive and he did so. No question he is having a great year and certainly looks forward to the remainder of the season."
“I just kept my head in the game and stayed focused on the task at hand," said Russell. "We kept clicking that first drive (after the rain delay) and made sure the rain delay didn’t take us out of the game.”
Three different receivers caught touchdowns from Russell, including Buster Davis, who seemed to be open all day for the Tigers.
"It comes down to us communicating so well," said Davis. "We worked hard in the summer and fall camp to get to where we are right now."
The Tigers seemed to be aware of what was happening the entire afternoon, including when the game was suspended temporarily due to lightning.
"We were told at halftime the game was going to probably be suspended," said Miles. "We knew that bad weather was coming in, so we were ready."
Mississippi State, meanwhile, just didn't seem to have it together all game, especially in the first half.
"We got beat today by a very good football team, and we knew that going in they were going to be a good football team.," said MSU Head Coach Sylvester Croom. "The thing that disappointed was that I don’t feel like we challenged them early as well as we did. The only thing you can attribute that to is lack of confidence, and this is what I addressed with the team after the game. We didn’t play with any confidence at all, and it was not aggressive in that first quarter. And when we play teams of the caliber of LSU the only chance you have to beat them is to be aggressive and go out there and look them in the eye and challenge them."
But the story of the day belonged to LSU, and the all-American performance of JaMarcus Russell.
"He did really well today," said Davis. "Going 18-20 is great. I think he threw 14-straight completions, with a performance like that, what else can you ask for?"