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KJ Costello threw for 623 yards and five touchdowns as Mississippi State won outright at LSU in a game where they were about 17-point underdogs. It was the debut at Mississippi State for Costello, who transferred from Stanford, and new head coach Mike Leach.
This was the most passing yards in a game in Mississippi State, Tiger Stadium, and SEC history. The previous SEC record was set by Eric Zeier 544 yards for Georgia in a win over Southern Mississippi in 1993. In case you’re wondering, the all-time single game passing record is held by Patrick Mahomes from a losing effort to Oklahoma in 2016; he had 734 yards.
It bears mentioning that many of the Bulldogs’ yards came after the catch, through combinations of great runs and missed LSU tackles. Here was a long catch and run by Kylin Hill.
NOBODY'S CATCHING KYLIN pic.twitter.com/VgKEUEdxkz
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 26, 2020
LSU is a depleted squad from their national championship last season. Among their losses were no. 1 overall pick and Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow, and both their coordinators, Dave Aranda and Joe Brady. In addition to players who graduated and/or were drafted, star receiver Ja’Marr Chase and tackle Tyler Shelvin opted out of this season. Look at how few starters they have from last season:
Today’s @LSUfootball starting lineup featured the same number of players that started In national championship game (3)
as those who were playing at the #FCS level last year (3) – LB Jabril Cox (NDSU) DB Darren Evans (Nicholls)
C Liam Shanahan (Harvard). #LSU
— Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette) September 26, 2020
Nonetheless, this is a massive win for Mike Leach and Mississippi State. It shows that they will not only be interesting, but are a threat on any given Saturday to knock off SEC blue bloods in their own building.