Posted November 08, 2012 on AP on Fox
Stopping No. 9 LSU becomes much more complicated now that the Tigers have shown they can throw the football. Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) hopes to have it figured out when the Bulldogs play at LSU (7-2, 3-2) on Saturday. LSU lost a 21-17 heartbreaker against No. 1 Alabama last weekend, but the Tigers revealed a much more balanced offense in the process. Junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 24 of 35 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown in the best performance of his career. The Tigers rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit and nearly shocked the defending national champions. At times, Alabama's defense looked stunned that LSU could suddenly throw. Even Tiger fans in Death Valley seemed surprised. Mettenberger - who has taken plenty of heat this season for LSU's mediocre passing offense - was one of the few who always believed. ''It's just taken awhile for us to get to that level, I guess,'' Mettenberger said. '...
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