Photos: LSU holds on to defeat Mississippi State 21-19 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles talks with an official in the first half Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss.

1. What we learned

LSU can giveth and it can also taketh away. The Tigers were their best friend and their own worst enemy at Mississippi State, alternately looking dominant and self-destructive Saturday night. LSU broke big plays and broke time and again into State quarterback Dak Prescott’s comfort zone, but the Tigers erased plenty of their big gains and one big score by Travin Dural with a flurry of penalties. Talented and tormented by its own mistakes has been LSU’s M.O. for years, and it was that kind of Tigers team that was on display again.

2. Trending now

Leonard Fournette. Donald Trump may be leading the early national GOP polls, but Fournette rules BUGA Nation by acclamation. LSU’s sophomore tailback ran over (a 1-yard leap from a direct snap), over (smashing a defender on a 26-yard run) and around (on an 18-yard toss sweep) for a three-touchdown hat trick. There were times when State’s defense rightly keyed on LSU’s star tailback and bottled him up. On balance, though, Fournette (28 carries, 159 yards, both career highs) did more than enough to help LSU win.

3. Final thoughts

What can you say other than it was a classic Les Miles, LSU kind of victory? Plenty to dissect for the Tigers in the coming days, that’s for sure, as they prepare for Auburn at home next Saturday. LSU did more than enough to win and certainly did enough to lose, but in the end the Cat in the Hat somehow often winds up on the winning end. When you boil it all down, it’s probably better for LSU to be talented and capable and flawed than to be unable of coming on the road and getting this win, however it happened.