On Saturday afternoon in Starkville, Mississippi, the LSU Tigers came out victorious with the 28-25 victory. The Bulldogs attempted to win the game late, but it was too late. Their fate was sealed by the illegal touching of the onside kick attempt.
After a slow start that saw LSU leading 7-3 at halftime, the offense picked up in the second half. Max Johnson had nine receivers in this game. His four touchdowns all came on passes of 10+yards.
After last year’s humiliating loss at home, the defense showed some improvement in this game. They made a few mistakes but kept most of the game in their hands. LSU won the match with a victory thanks to MSU’s missed field goal in the second half. The game went into overtime. We look at five Bayou Bengals players who were outstanding as they improved their season record to 3-1.
Wide Receiver: Kayshon Boutte
He didn’t catch many passes in this game but two of his four receptions went for touchdowns. Following the 11-yard reception in the first quarter for the opening score, he took a pass from Max Johnson 64-yards to open the second half. Boutte now has eight touchdown receptions on the season and 12 in his last seven games overall.
Kayshon Boutte is a touchdown machine#CFB
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 25, 2021
Defensive Back: Cordale Flott
The team knew they would be tested with no Derek Stingley Jr in this game, Cordale Flott was the guy to step it up in the secondary. He forced the fumble that resulted in the Mississippi State’s first Kayshon Boutte touchdown. Flott also added an interception as the Bulldogs were deep in LSU territory.
25 | @cordaleflott making all kinds of plays
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) September 25, 2021
Quarterback: Max Johnson
The game saw a slow start from the offense with just seven points in the first half. Quarterback Max Johnson heated up in the second half with three touchdown passes, all went for more than 41 yards. Johnson was 8-11 for 193 yards and three touchdowns in the second half alone. Defenses could face problems with this quick-strike offense.
Not only did Max Johnson throw a TD but he did it while actually targeting Kayshon Boutte.
— Jamarcus Fitzpatrick (@JFitzTV) September 25, 2021
Wide Receiver: Trey Palmer
Trey Palmer scored the easiest touchdown of his career on Saturday against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs let him run free up the seam and Johnson found him for the 58-yard touchdown pass. He also added a 24-yard punt return on special teams.
Punter: Avery Atkins
When the LSU kicking game gets some love it usually comes for placekicker Cade York. Avery Atkins’ punting skills were praised on Saturday. He was called to punt six times. One was lost to Mississippi State. He averaged 39.4 yards per punt with a long of 52 yards and two inside the 20.