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LSU stands up to State with game on
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LSU stands up to State with game on line The Commercial Appeal
No. 7 LSU walked away with its 10th straight victory over the Bulldogs, this one by a 3026 count. But the Tigers (40 overall, 20 in the cheapsunglassesstore.co.uk/oakley-sunglasses6/jawbone-sunglasses24 Western Division) all but appeared to be beaten or at the very least tied, when Dixon's seconddown plunge edged the ball six inches from the end zone with State trailing 3024.
But on third down with 1:08 left to play, State firstyear coach Dan Mullen didn't again order a handoff to Dixon, the league's best power runner, who had already bulled through LSU's defense for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
Instead, Mullen chose to have Tyson Lee, the SEC's shortest starting quarterback at 511, throw a jump pass intended for Marcus Green. Green was open, but Lee's pass was batted down just beyond the line of scrimmage by 63 LSU free safety Chad Jones.
Then on fourth down, Lee tried to option keep at left guard even though the play was designed for Dixon to get the pitch. Lee knifed inside and was met for no gain in the rapidly closing hole by LSU's Ryan Baker and Jones.
As LSU's defense practically skipped off the field cheapsunglassesstore.co.uk/oakley-sunglasses6/limited-editions-sunglasses26 and its fans celebrated wildly with 1:08 left, State's stunned fans trudged toward the exits like they were being led to the electric chair. They felt their team didn't deserve to be 22 and 12 in the Western Division.
"We thought we had them set up," Mullen explained of his thirddown pass call, which came after State had moved 49 yards from Fake Oakley Lifestyle Sunglasses midfield, gaining all the yardage on seven running plays. "They (LSU) had been crashing everybody up the middle and we had a guy (Green) standing all by himself. It was a jump pass and Tyson is supposed to jump up and throw, and we just didn't get him to jump high enough. Their kid made a heck of a play to tip the ball."
It wasn't Jones' only big play. In the first minute of the final quarter, his 93yard punt return for a touchdown gave LSU some needed breathing room at 3021.
The Bulldogs even led 1413 after the first quarter, thanks to Dixon's 1yard TD run with 41 seconds left in the period. After LSU forged ahead 1614 at the half, there was the feeling that State had left too many opportunities on the table.
While State outgained LSU 374263, holding the Tigers to 30 yards rushing on 31 attempts, two things kept the Bulldogs from springing http://www.cheapsunglassesstore.co.uk/oakley-sunglasses6/photochromic-sunglasses27 their first upset over a top10 team since a win over No. 3 Florida in 2000.
LSU had no turnovers, but State had four, including three Lee interceptions. His first pass on State's first offensive snap was deflected and returned for a 37yard TD by the Tigers' Patrick Peterson.
And State's defense, stingy for the most part, gave up several huge plays. LSU sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson threw for a careerhigh 233 yards, but 137 came on three plays, including a 58yard, thirdquarter scoring strike to Brandon LaFell.
"When a team packs the defense like that, we have to make plays, and he did a nice job," LSU coach Les Miles said of Jefferson. "He's getting more comfortable back there."
Jefferson paid the price for his 15of28 passing day. He was banged around by State's defense, sacked twice and hit numerous times. But he didn't mind absorbing the blows to complete the longdistance daggers that put the Bulldogs on their heels.
"They were leaving deepball opportunities open," Jefferson said, "so coach kept calling the plays and we executed."
In the end, the best thing that Jefferson did was hold on to the ball on LSU's last possession steps away from its own end zone after the Tigers' goal line stand. LSU punter Derek Helton eventually took a fourthdown safety so the Tigers could get a free kick and gain field position to shut the door on State, which had many of its players scowling and cussing exiting the field and staring in disbelief at the scoreboard.