LSU was more than a two-touchdown favorite over Mississippi State coming off its undefeated run to a national championship, but the sixth ranked Tigers weren’t ready for the air raid offense.
The Bulldogs threw the air out of the ball in the 44-34 win, their first of the Mike Leach era.
Graduate transfer Quarterback K.J. Costello out of Stanford didn’t just break the single game SEC record; he obliterated it, throwing for 623 yards, surpassing the 27-year-old mark of 544.
The performance is good for the 11th most in FBS history, proving that Coach Leach’s air raid offense can work outside the Pac-12. “Well, I thought it would work. My first exposure to Division I was the University of Kentucky and it worked then and I didn’t figure much had changed with regard to that because the SEC has always had quality football for a long time. The biggest thing – I don’t think it’s some special, secret plays as much as you constantly work every day to execute what you do. And at some point, you’ve got to make choices what you’re going to do. Otherwise, you’re doing everything and you lose track of it.”
The Bulldogs will look to keep the momentum going against Arkansas in their home opener at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.