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Sunday, November 11, 2012
3 Up, 3 Down: LSU 37, Miss. State 17

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- What we liked, and didn't like, in LSU's 37-17 win against Mississippi State Saturday.

Three Up

1. Landry, the pass catcher: LSU has had a balanced receiving corps this season, but lately, Jarvis Landry is emerging as a go-to guy. He had his best game as a Tiger, catching nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.

2. Two-minute aggression: With LSU leading 13-10 and 48 seconds remaining in the first half, the Tigers went into aggressive two-minute mode on a four-play, 71-yard touchdown drive with Zach Mettenberger hitting Spencer Ware for 2o yards and a touchdown.

3. Drew Alleman: The LSU kicker had been in a slump, but he went 3-for-3 against MSU, including a 41-yarder. It was the kind of consistency he was known for last season.

Three Down

1. Pass coverage: After giving up a late, game-winning touchdown against Alabama, LSU's secondary gave up 295 yards passing to Mississippi State's Tyler Russell, who was on point until throwing an interception that Craig Loston returned 100 yards for a touchdown to ice the game.

2. Early exits: Mississippi State was still very much in the game when it seemed the stadium emptied out like LSU was playing a rent-a-win game. Twice the Bulldogs drove into the redzone in the fourth quarter with a chance to pull within one touchdown. Much of the crowd missed it.

3. Bowl prospects: LSU won, looked good doing it, yet saw its bowl prospects slightly diminished through no fault of its own as Texas A&M became an attractive bowl prospect by upsetting Alabama.