DE­FENSE

Starkville Daily News - - OUTDOORS -

out on the out­side and I think on the back end, we did a good job of avoid­ing the big play and we didn't give up the big shot play,” Mullen said. “They are a run, play ac­tion team and they ran the ball with some phys­i­cal­ity … but we didn't give up a shot down the field.”

The de­fense also helped the Bull­dogs win the time of pos­ses­sion bat­tle, by a mar­gin of 35:55 to 24:05.

Pres­sure from the de­fen­sive front made the big­gest dif­fer­ence in the Bull­dog's 37 -7 vic­tory over LSU on Satur­day night. LSU quar­ter­back Danny Etling was rushed out of the pocket mul­ti­ple times through­out the night and was left with no choice but to make forced throws on the run.

Nose guard Jef­ferey Sim­mons came away with seven tack­les and 1.5 sacks for the evening – helped out by Mar­quiss Spencer – and played a cru­cial role in a pass rush that kept LSU off bal­ance

the en­tire night. De­fen­sive line­men Brax­ton Hoyett and Fletcher Adams also made no­tice­able con­tri­bu­tions to the pass rush and made life mis­er­able for Etling.

Sim­mons told the Starkville Daily News the lone score by the Tigers in the se­cond quar­ter was met with a locker room ad­just­ment by the MSU de­fense.

“Start­ing out, they did score, and we had a mis­align­ment and had we not had that, they never would have scored,” Sim­mons said.” We fixed that at half­time and af­ter that we shut them out.”

Sim­mons said Gran­tham's motto to his team is “no mas,” or “no more” in Span­ish.

“That's what we do,” Sim­mons said. “We fin­ish the game and don't let up on no­body.”

Hoyett said the home win was big for the team's de­fense, but af­ter Satur­day night, the fo­cus will be put on trav­el­ing to Athens next week to take on Georgia.

“(The win) was big, this is our home turf,” Hoyett said.

“We lose here, we have to run sta­di­ums for ev­ery loss.”

Bull­dog lineback­ers helped pin down a tal­ented LSU run­ning at­tack, but also made con­tri­bu­tions in the pass rush.

Leo Lewis and Dez Har­ris led the way in tack­les for MSU lineback­ers, with eight and six, re­spec­tively.

Lewis also forced game's only fum­ble.

LSU was only able to get on the score­board once, with the MSU de­fense hold­ing the Tigers to only 133 yards on the ground. LSU's star tail­back Der­rius Guice was met with a strong push through­out the night, gath­er­ing only 76 yards on 15 car­ries to lead his team in rush­ing.

The of­fen­sive strug­gles for LSU were also no­tice­able in the pass­ing game, with Etling be­ing re­stricted to only 13 of 29 for 137 yards and no score.

Safety Mark McLau­rin led the sec­ondary and de­fense in tack­les for the night, net­ting nine to­tal with four solo tack­les.

Safeties Bran­don Bryant and J.T. Gray also each had a pass de­flec­tion for the night. the

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