STARKVILLE, Miss. - LSU officials said Thursday night they could find out as early as Saturday what the kickoff time will be for the Tigers’ Sept. 24 game at West Virginia.
The game is going to be on ESPN or ABC at either 11 a.m. CDT, 2:30 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Senior associate athletic director Herb Vincent said before kickoff of LSU’s 19-6 win at Mississippi State game that the networks’ choice would likely hinge on how the Tigers did against State and whether West Virginia wins Saturday at Maryland (11 a.m. CDT, ESPNU).
If both win, there is a strong chance the Tigers and Mountaineers will be selected for the 7 p.m. time slot on ABC, Vincent said.
Crunching the numbers
Mississippi State came in leading the Southeastern Conference with 321 yards per game rushing, but the Bulldogs went out and managed just 52 net yards against the Tigers, who came in allowing an SEC-low 45.5 yards per game on the ground.
It is just the second time in 28 games in the Dan Mullen era that State has been held under 100 yards rushing. The Bulldogs gained 109 yards on the ground but lost 57 yards on the Tigers’ 15 tackles for loss, including four LSU sacks.
Crunching the numbers II
Last year in LSU’s 29-7 win over Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium, former kicker Josh Jasper set a single-game school record with five field goals.
Thursday, his replacement, Drew Alleman, went 4-for-4 in the field-goal department, converting on attempts of 21, 42, 41 and 29 yards. Alleman is now 6 of 7 this season.
Putting the ?D’ in dominant
LSU’s victory continued an amazing run of dominance for the Tigers over the Bulldogs.
The win was LSU’s 12 straight against MSU and 19th in the past 20 years. Put another way, since the SEC expanded to 12 teams in 1992, State has beaten LSU just one time.
The Tigers’ only loss to the Bulldogs came here in 1999 by a 17-16 score.
State is now 0-10 under third-year coach Mullen against LSU, Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas. State’s only two wins against SEC West opposition have come against Ole Miss.
LSU starting left tackle Chris Faulk went down on the Tigers’ first possession with 11:01 remaining in the first quarter when he got his ankle rolled up and did not return, leaving the LSU locker room on crutches.
Tigers punter Brad Wing did not make the trip as he sat out his second straight game because of an injury to his left (kicking) leg. Senior walk-on D.J. Howard took his place for the second straight game.
Replacing Wing as the holder on field goals was sophomore Seth Fruge.
Mississippi State starting right guard Tobias Smith was also injured in the first quarter, wound up on crutches and was taken into the locker room before halftime for evaluation.
To LSU senior quarterback Jarrett Lee, who had one of his best games ever as a Tiger completing 21 of 27 passes for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
It was Lee’s best passing game since he threw for 216 yards in LSU’s comeback 40-31 victory over Troy on Nov. 15, 2008.
Ring, yell, ring, yell ?
An SEC rule against using artificial noisemakers during live plays has led Mississippi State to include some unusual fan instructions on the large scoreboard at the south end of Davis Wade Stadium.
Next to the large replay screen is a smaller screen that reads “Ring!” when it is “legal” for State fans to ring their cowbells. When a play goes live, the sign changes to “Yell!” with a big red circle and cross through a cowbell.
The State fans sounded like they mostly complied with the rule, which was created two years ago and survived a vote of the SEC athletic directors at the conference’s spring meeting in May.
“On third down we had a difficult time hearing” because of the cowbells, said LSU coach Les Miles, who voted against allowing cowbells during the SEC Spring Meeting. “I think they lost track a couple of times.”
At halftime, State unveiled a lighted sign bearing the name of legendary broadcaster Jack Cristil, the voice of the Bulldogs for 58 years. The sign is located on the west side of Davis Wade Stadium below the State radio booth.
Cristil, 85, retired in February to focus on his health.
The state of Mississippi renamed Highway 82 after him in June. Author Sid Salter’s book “Jack Cristil: The Voice of Mississippi State University” will be published later this year.
During the halftime ceremony, MSU Athletic Director Scott Stricklin presented Cristil a framed picture of the new sign.
The last word
“We played the defending national champions (Auburn) and just played the best team in the nation. Those are big humps to get over.”
State coach Dan Mullen
Tight end Mitch Joseph caught his first pass of the season for 7 yards. Freshman fullback Kenny Hillard caught his first career pass for 4 yards. ? Thursday’s game between the No. 3-ranked Tigers and No. 25-ranked Bulldogs marked the first time in 105 meetings between the schools that both teams came in ranked. ? Thursday’s game drew an attendance of 56,924 fans, the third-largest crowd ever at Davis Wade Stadium. ? Representatives from five bowls were in attendance Thursday: Capital One, Gator, Chick-fil-A, Liberty and Music City.
Advocate sportswriters Scott Rabalais, Les East and Scott Hotard contributed
to this report.