No. 12 Mississippi St. 17, LSU 16
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ Rod Gibson plunged in from a yard out with 1:39 left Saturday night and No. 12 Mississippi State remained unbeaten with a 17-16 victory over LSU, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Tigers.
Gibson’s touchdown on fourth down capped a 14-play, 65-yard drive as Mississippi State reached 7-0 overall and 4-0 Southeastern Conference for the first time in school history.
After Gibson’s touchdown, Josh Booty completed passes of 11 and 18 yards to Jerel Myers as LSU (2-5, 0-5) drove to the Mississippi State 46. The threat ended when his pass was intercepted by Pig Prather with a minute left.
LSU, which had two punts blocked, returned the favor when Clarence LeBlanc got to Bulldogs punter Jeff Walker as he kicked out of his end zone. Safety Ryan Clark emerged from the bottom of pileup in the end zone with the ball and LSU led 16-11 with 11:24 left.
Wayne Madkin, who was just 14-of-31 for 174 yards, was 3-of-4 on the winning drive, including a 20-yard pass to freshman Terrell Grindle on third-and-9, and a 5-yard screen pass to Gibson one play before the touchdown.
Mississippi State also benefited from a pass interference call against LSU and Justin Griffith’s 2-yard carry that converted fourth-and-1 from the 10.
The Bulldogs went ahead 11-10 when Griffith dove in from a yard out with 3:12 left in the third quarter to cap a 50-yard drive.
The drive started when Madkin, whose previous two passes had been intercepted, rolled right and threw a pass to Kelvin Love, who dragged his feet along the sideline to make the catch before falling out of bounds at the LSU 26. Griffith scored three plays later.
Eugene Clinton made amends for an earlier penalty with 6:06 left in the first half when he blocked an LSU punt out of the end zone for a safety.
Less than two minutes earlier, Clinton had been penalized for interfering with LSU punt returner Domanick Davis. The penalty wiped out a Mississippi State fumble recovery at the LSU 5.
After the blocked punt, Mississippi State had to settle for Scott Westerfield’s 31-yard field goal.
Mississippi State took over at the LSU 45 with 1:23 left after another blocked punt. But Madkin’s pass into the end zone on the final play was tipped and intercepted by Bradie Jones.
LSU scored on its first two possessions to take a 10-0 lead, both drives aided by personal foul penalties against the Bulldogs.
Rondell Mealey, who carried 10 times for just 15 yards on the opening drive, had a 3-yard TD run to put LSU ahead 7-0. When he was stuffed for a 4-yard loss, a personal foul penalty provided a first down and moved the ball to the 14.
LSU went ahead 10-0 on John Corbello’s 36-yard field goal.