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Rivalry Series: LSU vs. Mississippi St.

I nicknamed this the Pearl River Rivalry. I don’t think it will catch on anytime soon though.

Overall records (updated after 2015 game)

LSU leads, 71-36-3 (73-34-3 including MSU forfeits as LSU wins)
In Baton Rouge, LSU leads, 47-20-1 (1 MSU win was forfeited)
In Monroe, LSU leads, 2-0
In Starkville, LSU leads, 15-6-2
In Jackson, MSU leads, 8-7 (1 MSU win was forfeited)
In Columbus, MSU leads, 1-0-1
In Gulfport, MSU leads, 1-0
(LSU’s cumulative road record is 22-16-2.)

Longest winning streak–14, LSU, 2000-2013
Longest MSU winning streak–5, 1980-1984

Home/away streaks
LSU @ MSU–8, 2001-present
MSU @ LSU–3, 1917-1922 and 1952-1954
LSU at home–11, 1992-2012
MSU at home–6, 1974-1984 (MSU forfeited the 1976 game; but even if you count that as an LSU win, the longest streak would be included here: 4 from 1978-1984)

Longest streaks with only one loss:
LSU–20/21, 1992-2013
MSU–6/7, 1917-1926 and 1978-1984

Biggest wins:
LSU–55, 61-6, 1969
MSU-25, 25-0, 1954

Biggest shutout wins:
LSU–51, 2004
MSU–25, 1954

Highest scoring games in series (both teams)
86 – MSU, 55-31, 1980
85 – LSU, 59-26, 2013
83 – LSU, 45-38, OT, 2000
71 – MSU, 45-26, 1983
68 – LSU, 44-24, 1994
67 – LSU, 61-6, 1969

LSU also scored 50 points or more in 1896 (52), 1908 (50), 1967 (55), and 2004 (51).

Other facts, figures, discussion

With 1110 games between the two, MSU is LSU’s most commonly-played opponent. LSU has played MSU 5 more times than it has played Ole Miss (at least that’s the margin at the end of each year) and 12 more times than it has played Tulane. Alabama is a distant fourth, having played the Tigers 77 times as of 2012, but at the rate things are going, the Tide will pass up the Wave in around 20 years.

LSU is second only to Ole Miss (3 games behind) on Mississippi St.’s list of most-commonly played opponents. The Tigers have played the Bulldogs 10 more times than #3 Alabama has.

Before the Mississippi St. win in 2014, LSU’s one loss in the previous 21 games was by 1 point at MSU in 1999. MSU would finish 10-2, while LSU would finish 3-8.

LSU had also won 26/29 against MSU.

2010 was the 11th straight time and 12th game of the last 13 that LSU scored 29 or more against the Bulldogs. This run ended in 2011, when LSU could only manage 19 points.

Although it is not surprising that LSU has dominated Mississippi St. for the from 2000 to 2013, it was strange how the recent run against the Bulldogs began.

LSU would only win 2 games in 1992, Jackie Sherrill’s second season with the Bulldogs, but they beat #20 Miss. St., 24-3. Mississippi St. finished 7-5 that season after a loss to North Carolina in the Peach Bowl. The LSU loss was the worst of the season (which included a game against eventual consensus national champions Alabama) and was only one of two the Bulldogs suffered before Nov. 14. Sherrill would only defeat the Tigers in his first season (1991 in Baton Rouge) and 1999 in Starkville, when LSU was going through an 8-game losing streak that was only broken after coach Gerry DiNardo was fired before the last game of the season against Arkansas.

Although LSU would finish only 5-6 in 1993 and the game was in Starkville, the Tigers won on a last-second field goal by walk-on Andre LaFleur, 18-16. Miss. St. would only finish 3-6-2 though.

Miss. St. would finish 8-4 the following year, once again losing the Peach Bowl, and LSU would finish 4-7, but that didn’t stop LSU from winning, 44-24 this time.

1998 was the Bulldogs’ only appearance in the SEC Championship and LSU would again finish 4-7, but the Tigers beat the #24 Bulldogs, 41-6. It would be the last conference win for DiNardo. The score is even more bizarre since the game broke a three-game losing streak for LSU and Mississippi St. entered the game at 5-1.

Due to SEC expansion, 1992 was the first time the game was not played in the middle of November since 1946. The game was in the second week of September five of the next six years, then moved to October for a few years. Since 2001, the game has basically moved back to September but has been anywhere from Aug. 30 (in 2007) to Sept. 28.

The 2012 and 2013 games were later in the year before the 2014 game went back to September. It is unknown what the SEC schedule will look like in the future, but it appears unlikely that the 2015 game will be played after the first week of November. Arkansas and Western Kentucky are tentatively scheduled in late November already, and Texas A&M is also likely to be among the last few games of the season.

The 72 consecutive LSU seasons (1944 to present) the two have played is LSU’s longest such current streak and second-longest overall (Tulane, 83 seasons, 1911-1994 [LSU didn’t play in 1918]). Since Miss. St. did not have a team in 1943, it has now been 84 straight Miss. St. seasons that the two teams have played.

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 from 1934 to 1970.

As for Jackie Sherrill, he was 2-14 in his coaching career against LSU. This included 0-3 at Texas A&M. If you were interested, Alabama won both contests against LSU when it had Sherrill as a player (1964 and 1965).

If you didn’t know, his successor Sylvester Croom also played for Bear Bryant at Alabama. Croom played there from 1972 to 1974 (3-0). Croom was 0-5 against LSU as head coach though and is now Running Backs Coach for the Tennessee Titans (as of 2013), the seventh NFL team he has coached in that capacity.

The game was decided by a single point five times (1926, 1958 {LSU finished undefeated and won the national championship that season}, 1963, 1974, and 1999), by two points seven times, and by three points six times. There were two very competitive games since the one-point MSU win in 1999. LSU won in overtime, 45-38, the following season, and won 30-26 in 2009, following a late goal-line stand by the Tigers defense.

A similarly tense game was played in Starkville in 2015 when Mississippi St. missed a long field goal as time expired to lose by two.  What could have been the winning drive followed a touchdown drive by the Bulldogs that ended in a failed two-point conversion.

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