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                === LSU easily handles Mississippi State ===
 
 Starkville, MS (SportsNetwork.com) - Tenth-ranked LSU needed to put its heart-
 breaking 44-41 loss to Georgia last Saturday quickly in the rear view mirror.
 
 Odell Beckham made sure the Tigers did.
 
 Beckham  caught nine  passes for a career-high 179 yards and two touchdowns in
 LSU's 59-26 triumph over Mississippi State.
 
 With  the Tigers nursing a 31-26 lead after three quarters of play, LSU scored
 28  points  in the  fourth, which  included a pair  of scores  in the first 39
 seconds of the frame.
 
 On  the first play  of the period, Zach Mettenberger hit Beckham on a comeback
 route and Beckham broke through the rest of the secondary for a 33-yard score.
 
 Tre'Davious White intercepted Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott three
 plays  later  and returned the  pick 40 yards  to the Mississippi State 5-yard
 line. Jeremy Hill ran in for the touchdown a play later to make it 45-26.
 
 Alfred  Blue and  Kenny Hilliard rushed for touchdowns of nine and four yards,
 respectively, later in the fourth to cap the scoring.
 
 Mettenberger   was  25-of-29   for  340  yards  with  two  touchdowns  and  an
 interception for the Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC), who ran for 223 yards.
 
 "We  weren't perfect  in any way, but  we are a young team that's coming," LSU
 head coach Les Miles said.
 
 Hill  totaled 157  yards  and  16 carries  and  scored  twice, while  Hilliard
 scampered for 39 yards and three touchdowns on six totes in the victory.
 
 Jameon  Lewis  hauled in  seven receptions for  111 yards and  a score for the
 Bulldogs (2-3, 0-2), who defeated Troy last Saturday.
 
 "We  wore  down a little  bit there in the  fourth quarter and didn't finish,"
 Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen said.
 
 The  quarterback  tandem of Prescott and  Tyler Russell combined for 252 yards
 passing on 16-of-31 efficiency. Russell tossed both touchdowns.
 
 Hilliard's  3-yard TD run  on the Tigers' opening march of the game opened the
 scoring before Prescott ran 28 yards for a score as the Bulldogs answered just
 three plays later. Mississippi State's two-point attempt was unsuccessful.
 
 Hill's  69-yard TD run  and a Hilliard 34-yard sprint for a score on the first
 play  of the second, sandwiched around a Devon Bell 35-yard field goal, staked
 LSU a 21-9 edge early in the second.
 
 The Bulldogs, though, scored 14 unanswered points to take the lead.
 
 Russell  flipped a  20-yard TD  pass on  a 3rd-and-10  to Lewis  in the  front
 left corner of the end zone to cap an 8-play, 75-yard drive and then hooked up
 with  De'Runnya  Wilson for a 59-yard  score midway through the stanza to give
 the hosts a 23-21 edge.
 
 Mettenberger  orchestrated the  two-minute drill to perfection to put LSU back
 on top heading into the break.
 
 The  Tigers  had possession on their  own 30-yard line  with 2:10 to go in the
 half and Mettenberger briskly moved the ball down the field before being faced
 with  a 3rd-and-8. He hit Jarvis Landry for eight yards to move the sticks and
 then  floated  a pass  for Beckham  to the front  left pylon  of the end zone.
 Beckham leapt and corralled the catch at its highest point for a 14-yard score
 and a 28-23 LSU lead with 17 seconds left in the half.
 
 Bell  and LSU's  Colby Delahoussave  traded field  goals of  22 and  29 yards,
 respectively, to account for the scoring in the third.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Landry caught eight passes for 96 yards ... The Tigers outgained the Bulldogs,
 563-468  ... LSU  was  6-of-11 on  third  down  ... Prescott  ran  for 103  of
 Mississippi State 216 yards on the ground.
 
 10/06 00:39:21 ET