NCAAF Game Recap - Mississippi State at Louisiana State
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

Ala
38
Mizzu
19
F
K St
38
Okla
35
F
UGA
37
Ark
10
F
Fla
51
Miss
35
F
MisSt
44
LSU
34
F
KY
13
Aub
29
F
Tex
63
TxTch
56
F OT
Vand
12
TxAM
17
F
FlaSt
10
MiaFL
52
F
UCF
51
ECU
28
F
Army
10
Cin
24
F
WVU
13
OkSt
27
F
Tenn
31
SCar
27
F
Troy
7
BYU
48
F
GaSo
18
ULLaf
20
F
NCSt
24
VaTec
45
F
Lou
20
Pitt
23
F
UAB
42
SoAl
10
F
MidTN
35
UTSA
37
F
Camp
21
App
52
F
GATec
20
Syr
37
F
FLInt
34
Lib
36
F
IASt
37
TCU
34
F
Tul
66
SMiss
24
F
UTEP
31
ULMon
6
F
Duke
20
UVA
38
F
TxSt
21
BC
24
F
HBU
38
LaTec
66
F
SFA
7
SMU
50
F
Kans
14
Bayl
47
F

Sep 26, 2020, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Mississippi State (1-0)

3

14

10

17

44

(6) Louisiana State (0-1)

0

14

10

10

34

Costello's 623 yards lead Miss. St. past No. 6 LSU, 44-34
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:33 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) New Mississippi State coach Mike Leach put his "Air Raid" offense in the hands of a transfer quarterback who showed up over the summer and the results were like nothing defending national champion LSU or the Southeastern Conference has ever seen.

K.J. Costello passed for an SEC record 623 yards and five touchdowns and the Bulldogs knocked off sixth-ranked LSU 44-34 on Saturday.

"I don't know if any individual could visualize this taking place," said Costello, who was Stanford's starter in 2017 and 2018 before head and hand injuries sidelined him last season. "I wasn't visualizing sitting here breaking records. ... I'm excited about the potential that this offense has because, believe it or not, we did leave a lot on the field today."

Costello's passing yardage in his first game since moving from Silicon Valley to Starkville, Mississippi, eclipsed the 544 yards Georgia's Eric Zeier had against Southern Mississippi in 1993 to set the conference record.

And Costello needed most of it to make up for his two interceptions and two lost fumbles, which helped LSU rally to tie the game at 34 before he engineered two late scoring drives.

"With this group, I don't feel like we ever lose momentum," Costello said. "I feel like we're always in the attack mode. That's just Leach's philosophy."

LSU became the first defending national champion to lose its opening game since Michigan in 1998 lost at Notre Dame and had its 16-game winning streak, the nation's best, snapped.

"Coach Leach had his team ready to play. They beat us. We have no excuses," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "I told the team to put this on me. I've got to coach better."

LSU quarterback Myles Brennan intermittently showed promise in his debut as starter in place of 2019 Heisman Trophy winner and top NFL draft choice Joe Burrow. But Brennan's 345 yards and three touchdowns passing could not make up for the trouble the Tigers' inexperienced defense had in new coordinator Bo Pelini's scheme.

"We couldn't stay with those guys," Orgeron said. "Too many missed assignments. Too many guys running free, getting beat one on one. We have to look at whether or not we can cover man to man. If we can't, we are going to have to play more zone."

Four of Costello's touchdown passes covered between 24 and 75 yards. The longest came on Kylin Hill's catch and run in which the running back slipped safety Todd Harris' tackle along the sideline. Osirus Mitchell caught touchdown passes of 43 and 24 yards, the second putting the Bulldogs back up by two scores with 3:39 left.

It was "embarrassing" for a program known as DBU, said LSU safety Jacoby Stevens. "It's like going into a boxing ring and getting knocked out."

Leach said he was confident his "Air Raid" offense could work in the mighty SEC, because it has before. He was an assistant under Hal Mumme at Kentucky two decades ago when Tim Couch and the Wildcats were setting records.

"There's a lot of offenses that if people are just kind of really committed to the philosophy and you attack the field and you execute, are good offenses," Leach said,

"I don't think it's some special secret plays as much as you constantly work every day to execute what you do."

Transfer linebacker Jabril Cox, who played at FCS power North Dakota State, scored LSU's opening touchdown on an interception and 14-yard return.

LSU's Terrace Marshall Jr. had touchdown catches of 37 and 33 yards. Freshman tight end Arik Gilbert leaped in front of a defender to turn Brennan's desperate throw as he was going down into a 2-yard score.

But Brennan struggled to make quick and decisive reads. He was sacked seven times. The first of his two interceptions came when linebacker Jordan Davis hit the QB's elbow as he threw. The ball went straight to cornerback Esaias Furdge at the Bulldogs 24.

MISSING DEFENDERS

LSU played without two of three returning starters on defense, including one of the top players in the nation. All-America cornerback Derek Stingley, who also returns punts, was hospitalized overnight Friday after falling "acutely ill," LSU said. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette emphasized that the illness was not COVID-19 and added Stingley was expected to rejoin the team after being evaluated by physicians. Senior defensive tackle Glen Logan also was scratched from the lineup unexpectedly and with no explanation.

"Losing Stingley really hurt us," Orgeron said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs could not have asked for a much better start to the Leach era. If teams around the SEC weren't taking the "Air Raid" seriously before, perhaps they better now.

LSU: The Tigers' loss of prominent personnel - including 14 players taken in the NFL draft - and lack of experience on the field was exposed during pivotal moments of a tense opener. In terms of talent, LSU appears to have plenty of upside, but time will tell how long it takes to be realized.

"First off, losing sucks," Brennan said. "We can sit here and point fingers, but that is not going to do anything. We've just got to move forward."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

LSU is bound to plummet after giving up so many yards and points at home. Mississippi State, meanwhile, has made its case to crack the AP Top 25.

UP NEXT

Mississippi State: Hosts Arkansas on Saturday.

LSU: Visits Vanderbilt on Saturday

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Passing

MisSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Costello 60 36 60.0 5 623 75 2 109.2
LSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Brennan 46 27 58.7 3 345 47 2 85.9

Rushing

MisSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Hill 7 34 4.9 12 0
J. Marks 3 15 5.0 11 0
LSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Curry 9 47 5.2 12 0
T. Davis-Price 11 43 3.9 7 0

Receiving

MisSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
O. Mitchell 7 183 26.1 43 2
K. Hill 8 158 19.8 75 1
LSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Marshall Jr. 8 122 15.3 37 2
J. Jenkins 5 85 17.0 47 0

Fumbles

MisSt F FL
K. Costello 1 1

Returning

LSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Palmer 1 16.0 0 16 1 -2.0 0 0

Punting

MisSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Day 2 95 47.5 58
R. Bowman 1 39 39.0 39
LSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Von Rosenberg 7 346 49.4 58

Takeaways

MisSt Int Yds InTD
E. Forbes 1 0 0
E. Furdge 1 20 0
LSU Int Yds InTD
J. Stevens 0 0 0
J. Cox 1 14 1

Team Stats Comparison

MisSt LSU
Points For 44 34
Total Yards 632 425
Rushing Yards 9 80
Passing Yards 623 345
Passing Completions / Attempts 36/60 27/46
Turnovers 4 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 0/0
First Downs 24 25
Penalties - Yards 7/40 7/31
Time Of Possession 28:28 32:32
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/16 5/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 0/0 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter MisSt LSU
MisSt 10:13 FG Brandon Ruiz 35 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter MisSt LSU
LSU 5:15 TD Jabril Cox 14 yd interception return (Cade York kick) 3 7
MisSt 7:15 TD Tyrell Shavers 31 yd pass from K.J. Costello (Brandon Ruiz kick) 10 7
LSU 9:40 TD Arik Gilbert 2 yd pass from Myles Brennan (Cade York kick) 10 14
MisSt 12:33 TD Osirus Mitchell 43 yd pass from K.J. Costello (Brandon Ruiz kick) 17 14
3rd Quarter MisSt LSU
LSU 5:27 FG Cade York 26 yd FG 17 17
MisSt 8:37 FG Brandon Ruiz 24 yd FG 20 17
LSU 9:59 TD Terrace Marshall Jr. 37 yd pass from Myles Brennan (Cade York kick) 20 24
MisSt 10:14 TD Kylin Hill 75 yd pass from K.J. Costello (Brandon Ruiz kick) 27 24
4th Quarter MisSt LSU
MisSt 0:46 TD Austin Williams 9 yd pass from K.J. Costello (Brandon Ruiz kick) 34 24
LSU 3:59 TD Terrace Marshall Jr. 33 yd pass from Myles Brennan (Cade York kick) 34 31
LSU 5:23 FG Cade York 40 yd FG 34 34
MisSt 7:33 FG Brandon Ruiz 43 yd FG 37 34
MisSt 11:21 TD Osirus Mitchell 24 yd pass from K.J. Costello (Brandon Ruiz kick) 44 34

Game Information

Stadium: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Attendance: 21,124
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