LSU LOSE TO MISS STATE: HOW & WHY IT WENT DOWN
Updated: Sep 28, 2020
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by LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
LSU started the 2020 campaign fulfilling many of our predictions: our defense created turnovers and pressure, Gilbert scored, Marshall caught 2 TDs over 100 yards on a big day, Jacoby Stevens' playmaking was in full force, Gaye's length batted 3 passes, we even had Brennan passing for over 300 yards, his 3 TD passes was what we'd forecasted...we even called an INT by Eli Ricks BEFORE Stingley's absence; we witnessed some breakups and hard nose tackling by Flott, LSU's defense held Miss State to 9 yards rushing, we saw the Tigers' first defensive touchdown since 2018....so, LSU should've won, right?
No....actually, LSU lost by 10 points 44-34 at home in one of the most colossal upsets in recent SEC memory, our Tigers becoming the first defending champion to lose on opening day since 1998 Michigan.
The margin of defeat wasn't the worst part, it was the pre-game news about the health and absence of Derek Stingley which truly deserves a large chunk of the blame for LSU's horrific showing.
On the eve of his sophomore debut, Derek Stingley Jr suffered an "acute ailment" last night in a serious situation. EMTs responded to the Stingley residence in the early hours of t