LSU has played Mississippi State 108 times since 1896, more than any other opponent. Even though the Tigers lost 34-29 to the Bulldogs last year, LSU has dominated the series of late, winning 21 of their last 23 meetings. Here are five of the most memorable games in the series:
Nov. 15, 1958 – LSU 7, Mississippi State 6: On a muddy field in Jackson, Mississippi, No. 1 LSU trails 6-0 in the third quarter when Warren Rabb throws a 5-yard touchdown pass to Red Hendrix on fourth-and-goal. Kicker Tommy Davis’ extra point is the difference in what would be the closest call for the national champions.
Nov. 13, 1982 – Mississippi State 27, LSU 24: Bond. John Bond. Coming off an historic 20-10 win at Alabama, unbeaten and No. 6-ranked LSU goes to Starkville and gets upset by Bond and the Bulldogs. The State quarterback rushes for 91 yards and throws for 128 and a score as the Bulldogs roll up 296 yards on the ground, setting up the game-winning 45-yard field goal by Baton Rouge native Dana Moore with :25 left. Bond would go on to be the first QB to beat LSU four straight years.
Nov. 15, 1986 – LSU 47, Mississippi State 0: In 1984, LSU goes to Starkville with a shot to win the SEC title and falls 16-14. Two years later in Jackson the Tigers leave no doubt. Tommy Hodson throws for 231 yards and two touchdowns while LSU outgains the Bulldogs 580-214 en route to clinching its first SEC championship since 1970.
Oct. 21, 2000 – LSU 45, Mississippi State 38 (OT): Down 31-17 entering the fourth quarter to the No. 13 Bulldogs, the Tigers rally to force overtime. In the extra period, LaBrandon Toefield scores on a 13-yard run. On fourth-and-2 at the 17, Trev Faulk and Jeremy Lawrence force State quarterback Wayne Madkin out of bounds to end it.
Sept. 26, 2009 – LSU 30, Mississippi State 26: Call this one the Chad Jones Show. The Tigers’ talented safety runs sideline-to-sideline on a 93-yard third-quarter punt return that ranks as one of the best ever for the Tigers. Jones then helps preserve the win by batting down a Tyson Lee pass in the end zone on third-and-goal at the 1 with 1:14 left.