Mississippi State postgame poll: Bulldogs vs. Louisiana Tech

STARKVILLE, MS - April 17, 2021 - The Mississippi State Bulldogs compete in the 2021 Maroon & White Spring Game at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in Starkville, MS. Photo By Laura Parsley
Mississippi State football. Photo: Laura Parsley/MSU Athletics

The first Mississippi State game of the season was certainly, well, something. Mike Leach and his Bulldogs definitely gave everyone a heart attack.

Mississippi State was able to take a nice little 14-0 lead over Louisiana Tech, but the visiting Bulldogs quickly bounced back and scored 34 points unanswered. Early on in the fourth quarter, Mississippi State trailed 34-14. But, things quickly turned around in the final minutes of the game.

And that’s when the Mississippi State Bulldogs came roaring back. State scored 21 points in the last 12 minutes of the game, outscoring Louisiana Tech by 18 points in the final quarter. MSU then hung on and a missed field goal from Louisiana Tech in the final seconds of the game.

As such, MSU won 35-34.

But this game shouldn’t have ever been this close. There were plenty of concerning things about this win over Louisiana Tech.


Seemingly time and time again, MSU’s offensive line fell short and allowed for Louisiana Tech to create pressure on Will Rogers, who was sacked three times. Along with that, Mississippi State’s defense was gashed on multiple big plays. Louisiana Tech’s offense had scoring plays of 72 yards, 59 yards, and 24 yards.

That’s bad. Both of those are bad. For Louisiana Tech to do this, that’s concerning for MSU with the games that remain on the Bulldogs’ schedule.

But, let’s get your thoughts. What is the most concerning aspect of MSU’s win over Louisiana Tech?


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