No. 9 LSU defeats No. 23 Mississippi St., 37-17

No. 9 LSU defeats No. 23 Mississippi St., 37-17
November 10, 2012, 10:23 pm
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Mississippi State tight end Marcus Green (32) catches a touchdown pass in front of LSU safety Craig Loston (6) in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Zach Mettenberger passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and ninth-ranked LSU kept alive faint hope of a Southeastern Conference title with a 37-17 victory over No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday night.

Looking sharp a second straight week, Mettenberger completed 19 of 30 passes without an interception. His top target was Jarvis Landry, who had nine catches for 109 yards - both career highs - including a 19-yard touchdown to help the Tigers (8-2, 4-2 SEC) beat the Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3) for the 13th straight time.

Mettenberger's other scoring pass went to Spencer Ware, fullback J.C. Copeland scored on a 1-yard plunge and Craig Loston returned an interception 100 yards for a score.

Tyler Russell was 26 of 38 for 295 yards and a touchdown that got the Bulldogs as close as field goal in the third quarter before they faded in their third straight loss to a ranked team.