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Lee on the mark as LSU fends off Mississippi St.

Staff And Wire Reports / September 16, 2011

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Jarrett Lee completed 21 of 27 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown and third-ranked LSU defeated No. 25 Mississippi State, 19-6, last night in Starkville, Miss.

Lee was the unexpected star, firing conservative but nearly perfect passes all over the field. His 19-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle with 11:56 left gave LSU a 16-6 lead.

His only mistake was an interception minutes later, but as it had all game, LSU’s defense stuffed Mississippi State with little trouble. LSU (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) had 14 tackles for a loss and held the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-2) to 193 total yards and two field goals.

Despite Mississippi State’s cowbells providing an ever-present backdrop, LSU won its 12th straight game in the series.

Lee’s success is quickly making LSU fans forget about expected starter Jordan Jefferson, who has been suspended all season after being arrested for his alleged role in a bar fight in August. Lee wasn’t spectacular, but he didn’t have to be.

LSU’s Spencer Ware rushed for 107 yards on 22 carries.

LSU was its own worst enemy much of the game before its late breakout. In a particularly brutal stretch in the third quarter, the Tigers committed five penalties in less than nine minutes, losing 67 yards in the process. Lee’s interception gave Mississippi State newfound life after falling behind, 16-6.

But LSU’s defense was good enough to make up for all those transgressions, constantly putting pressure on Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf and disrupting the Bulldogs’ vaunted running game, which had gained at least 300 yards in each of the first two games.

MSU’s Vick Ballard managed just 38 yards on 10 carries, while Relf rushed for 10 yards on 16 carries.

Worcester St. 49, Nichols 3 - Marcus Price rushed for two first-quarter touchdowns and 128 yards total as the Lancers (3-0) routed the Bison (0-2) in Worcester. Tony Tokarz fired three scoring passes and Richie Dube returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown.