But the Bulldogs had the ball 3rd and goal on the 4-inch line, six points down and about a minute left.
Dan Mullen made a brilliant call to fake the dive and leave a man wide open in the back of the end zone, but his 5-foot-tall quarterback Tyson Lee couldn't arc the ball enough and multi-sport sensation Chad Jones leapt up from the line of scrimmage and actually tipped the ball.
Of course, those morons at the SEC network — only one of them is named Dave now — thought it was a terrible call and wondered why State didn't just run off tackle two straight times when LSU had the box stacked.
It was a brilliant call by Mullen, and Les Miles gets by once again on freakish talent and freakish luck. When Mullen gets himself a decent quarterback, look out. And you'd better believe there's a talented pro-style kid out there who wants to play for the guy who called the plays for Mr. Tebow.
But anyway, this shows, I think, that Miss State wasn't as bad as we thought. The Dogs scared the daylights out of LSU, even with Lee throwing three picks and special teams giving up a critical TD punt return to Jones, who by the way is a real stud.
And if State's not as bad as we thought, then maybe we're not as bad as we thought. In other words, maybe we can beat Rice tonight.