LSU Shuts Down Miss. State

Bulldogs get nothing but interceptions and sacks in 45-0 loss
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2007 6:18 AM CDT
Mississippi State quarterback Wesley Carroll (13) is sacked by Louisiana State defensive end Lazarius Levingston (95) in the fourth quarter as No. 2 LSU defeated Mississippi State, 45-0, in their college...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In spite of a shaky start, the LSU Tigers tore through Mississippi State's offense to rack up their eighth straight victory last night, reports the AP. New quarterback Matt Flynn found his rhythm in the second quarter, ending with 128 yards and two touchdowns. His Bulldog counterpart Michael Henig struggled with a fumble, four sacks, and a record six interceptions.

The second-ranked Tigers capitalized on Henig's mistakes—Mississippi State's stalwart defense allowed LSU only one scoring drive not sparked by a turnover. The Tigers' defense was in top form as well, holding the Bulldogs to 10 rushing yards and allowing them only two runs into Tigers territory. This is the 26th loss in four seasons for Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom. (Read more NCAA football stories.)