Mississippi State quarterback and Louisiana native Dak Prescott predicted his Bulldogs would stroll into Baton Rouge and defeat the Tigers.
The Bulldogs did just that, upsetting LSU 34-29 in Death Valley.
“I just stayed true to myself, trusted my teammates, trusted the coaches and we got it done,” Prescott said. “Everybody’s happy right now.”
The win snapped their 14 game losing streak to LSU and first in Baton Rouge since 1991.
Mississippi State’s defense dominated the Tigers’ offensive line for the majority of the game and LSU’s ground-and-pound attack was stifled, rushing for only 89 yards on the night.
After forcing LSU to a three-and-out on their first drive, Mississippi struck first after Prescott threw a perfectly touched pass to De’Runnya Wilson for a nine yard touchdown.
The Tigers proceeded to drive the ball down the field and was looking to tie the game. They had four tries to punch it in after they went for it on fourth-and-goal, but the Bulldogs’ defense stopped the Tigers and you could feel the momentum being sucked out of Tiger Stadium.
Dak Prescott had a sensational game, proving he’s one of the most dynamic playmakers in SEC. The junior threw combined for 373 total yards and three touchdowns. His 56 yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Bulldogs a 24-10 lead in the third quarter.
After LSU stalled again, Prescott and company took advantage. The junior quarterback rolled left after almost being tackled and found a wide open Jameon Lewis for a 76 yard touchdown which put the Bulldogs up 31-10.
Fans started to pour out of the stadium thinking the Tigers were all but done.
But not so fast.
Les Miles inserted true freshman quarterback Brandon Harris in place of Anthony Jennings with the Tigers down 34-16.
Harris found Malachi Dupre for two fourth quarter touchdowns to cut the lead to five.
LSU had one last chance but Harris’ hail mary attempt was picked off near the end zone, seizing the victory for the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State dominated for much of the game and out gained the Tigers in yardage, 570-430.
It’s safe to say head coach Dan Mullen was elated his team came away with the victory,
“I probably aged seven to 10 years in the final three minutes of the game,” said Mullen. “We are trying to build a program and I’ll take it. I guess everybody can write now I have beaten LSU and Alabama once during my career.”
The win moved the Bulldogs (4-0,1-0) to No. 14 in the AP poll and LSU (3-1,0-1) fell back to No. 17.
*Section Photo credit to Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press; Featured Photo (above) credit to Gerald Herbert, Associated Press