Mississippi State routs No. 12 LSU 37-7

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Gerri Green and MSU’s defense have been high-havoc thus far. Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

LSU outside linebacker Arden Key returned to action Saturday night against Mississippi State after missing the first two games of the season as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery.

This marks just the second time in the last nine years the Tigers have lost to the Bulldogs and the first time they've lost as a ranked team since 1984. Nick Fitzgerald finished with 268 total yards and four total touchdowns, while Aeris Williams gashed the Tigers on the ground for 146 yards. Keith Mixon caught six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Danny Etling is 22-for-31 for 398 yards in the two games while running backs Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams have combined for 354 yards and seven touchdown.

Fitzgerald was 15-of-23 passing for 180 yards. The drive ended in a career-long 49-yard Huegel field goal, providing the halftime score of 19-7.

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The Tigers lost nose tackle Ed Alexander to injury towards the end of the first quarter leaving Greg Gilmore as the only healthy nose tackle left in the game. LSU has nonconference games over the next two weeks against Syracuse and Troy to get things right before jumping back into SEC play.

Mississippi State goes on the road to face Georgia next Saturday.

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