LSU vs. Mississippi State score, takeaways: Mike Leach’s offense blows doors off No. 6 Tigers in upset

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No. 6 LSU entered Death Valley on Saturday afternoon in its first game since winning the national championship with the goal of proving to the world that there wouldn’t be a big drop off despite massive roster and coaching turnover. The Tigers left with their tails between their legs as the first defending champion to lose its next game since Michigan in 1998.

Mississippi State steamrolled LSU 44-34 in a game that saw Bulldogs quarterback KJ Costello set SEC records against a defense that had no answers for him. Costello was 36 of 60 for 623 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Those 623 yards set a single-game SEC record and made Costello the first quarterback in league history to top a 600-yard mark. It was the 11th-most yards passing registered in FBS history.

Three different players had more than 100 receiving yards for the Bulldogs with Osirus Mitchell (183, two touchdowns) leading the way. Costello hit Mitchell for a 24-yard score with 3:39 to play, pushing Mississippi State’s lead to 10 points and essentially ice the game. MSU’s running backs carried the ball just 10 times in the game for a net of nine yards (thanks to multiple Costello sacks), though star rusher Kylin Hill had 192 total yards with a receiving touchdown.

LSU quarterback Myles Brennan, in his first game as a starter, was no slouch with 345 yards, three touchdowns and two picks on 27 of 46 passing. Leading receiver Terrance Marshall Jr. caught eight of those passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

CBS Sports will update this story shortly with additional takeaways from Mississippi State’s upset of No. 6 LSU. We were with you the entire way updating this story with analysis, highlights and more throughout the game.

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