LSU 17, Mississippi St. 15
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Dalton Hilliard ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns and Michael Brooks led No. 19 Louisiana’s defense for a 17-15 victory over Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference football game Saturday night.
Hilliard scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter and his 33-yard touchdown run with 2:05 left in the game gave LSU the points it needed to snap a five-year, five-game losing streak to Mississippi State.
Ronnie Lewis, the sophomore kicker who was the goat of the game a week earlier, kicked 25-yard first period field goal and Jeff Wickersham threw for 248 yards in other key performances for LSU.
Mississippi State got its touchdowns on a 3-yard run by Orlando Lundy in the second quarter and on a 15-yard pass from Don Smith to Jeff Patton with 1:41 left in the game. Smith then hit Louis Clark for the two-point conversion.
LSU is now 6-1-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the SEC.
Mississippi State fell to 5-5 for the season, 0-5 in the SEC.
Brooks, a linebacker, forced two key fumbles in the game - the first setting up a 26-yard drive to Lewis’ field goal and the second blunting a third quarter Mississippi State thrust to the LSU 27.
LSU forced five turnovers in the game, including interceptions by Kevin Guidry and Steve Rehage as Mississippi State was attempting to rally in the third quarter.