LSU–Mississippi State football rivalry
The LSU–Mississippi State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the LSU Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs. Both universities are founding members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and are currently members of the SEC West with a total of 109 meetings. This rivalry is LSU's longest and Mississippi State's second behind the Egg Bowl against the University of Mississippi. LSU leads the series 72–37–3.
|First meeting||November 20, 1896|
LSU 52, Mississippi State 0
|Latest meeting||October 20, 2018|
LSU 19, Mississippi State 3
|Next meeting||October 19, 2019|
|All-time series||LSU leads, 74–35–3|
|Largest victory||LSU, 55–0 (1967) & 61–6 (1969)|
|Longest win streak||LSU, 14 (2000–2013)|
|Current win streak||LSU, 1 (2018–present)|
|Locations of LSU and Mississippi State|
From 1923 to 1930, every game was played in the state of Mississippi, and LSU hosted every game from 1934 to 1957. In total, only three games in the series were played outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 1934 to 1970.
When the SEC expanded in 1992, the matchup with LSU and Mississippi State was not played in November like it had since 1947 and has only been played once in the month of November since.
LSU has dominated most of the series since 1985 losing only five games with the most current loss in 2017, when the then-unranked Bulldogs defeated #12 LSU in Starkville 37–7, Mississippi State's largest margin of victory in series history.
- 1991: William "Sleepy" Robinson led Mississippi State to a 28-19 victory in Tiger Stadium. LSU's Todd Kinchen had a then-school record 248 receiving yards in the loss.
- 1999: The #7 Bulldogs gutted out a 17-16 win over the Tigers at Scott Field. Rod Gibson the clinching touchdown in closing minutes.
- 2000: After falling behind 31-17, the Tigers rallied to beat the Bulldogs 45-38 in overtime.
- 2009: Mississippi State outgained the Tigers by over 100 yards and drove down to the 1 yard line in the final minute, but a goal-line stand by LSU preserved the lead for a 30-26 Tiger win.
- 2014: Dak Prescott led the then-unranked Bulldogs to a 34-29 upset in Baton Rouge, snapping the Tigers' 14-game win streak in the series. The Bulldogs actually led 34-10 in the fourth quarter, but LSU scored 3 late touchdowns to almost close the gap, but the Tigers' Hail Mary on the final play was intercepted by Will Redmond. Josh Robinson ran for 197 yards for the Bulldogs. This was the Bulldogs' first win over LSU since 1999, and their first on the road in Baton Rouge since 1991. Mississippi State reached #1 in the rankings a few weeks later, and finished 10-3 on the season.
- 2017: LSU came into Starkville ranked #12 under first-year head coach Ed Orgeron, but it was the unranked Bulldogs who won in a 37-7 rout. Nick Fitzgerald threw two touchdown passes and ran in two more, and the Bulldogs outgained the Tigers 465-270. It was also the first win over LSU at home in Starkville for the Bulldogs since 1999 and the first time they beat a ranked LSU team there since 1984.
|LSU victories||Mississippi State victories||Tie games||Forfeits|
† Mississippi State was later forced to forfeit as part of NCAA penalties. Series record sources: College Football Data Warehouse.
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