It was quite a Saturday night in Baton Rouge for two former Bossier Parish high school star quarterbacks.
Former Haughton star Dak Prescott passed for 268 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 105 yards and a TD to lead unranked Mississippi State to a 34-29 upset of No. 8 LSU before more than 100,000 fans in Tiger Stadium.
Most of those fans were long gone when former Parkway star Brandon Harris entered the game for LSU.
Harris came in with 3:48 left and LSU trailing 34-16. He threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to fellow true freshman Malachi Dupre with 1:55 left. Harris was tackled just short of the end zone on a try for two.
After LSU recovered an errant snap that sailed past Prescott, Harris hit Dupre with a 30-yard TD pass with 1:27 left. The PAT made it 34-29 with 1:15 remaining.
LSU got the ball back with 20 seconds left at its 20. Harris hit Travin Dural for 22 yards to the 42. He then ran 12 yards to the Mississippi State 46 and spiked the ball with 5 seconds left.
Harris then sprinted right and threw a Hail Mary pass that was intercepted at the 1. Harris finished six of nine for 140 yards. He also rushed twice for 19 yards.
“He definitely gave a strong performance when he came in,” LSU coach Les Miles said in his postgame press conference. “We are still going to look at the overall body of work and the things we can do with him. He certainly made a case today that we need to look at a bit more seriously. If you look at the position he was in late in the game, he is coming. We will look at it.”
Mississippi State (3-1) dominated on both sides of the ball for most of the game, building a 34-10 lead.
Prescott, who completed 15 of 24 passes, hit De’Runnya Wilson for a 9-yard touchdown on State’s first drive. He ran 56 yards for a TD in the third quarter.
After making a nifty move to avoid a sack, Prescott hit Jameon Lewis for a 74-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
“They got unbelievable play by their quarterback,” Miles said.
“It was another game in how I prepared myself and how I got ready to go,but it was an SEC game,” Prescott said. “There’s nothing like an SEC game, coming back home to the state of Louisiana. It was a great team victory and university victory. Everybody’s happy right now.”
Running back Josh Robinson had a big night for Mississippi State, rushing for 197 yards on 16 carries. The Bulldogs had 570 yards total offense.
LSU only had 89 yards on the ground. Starter Anthony Jennings completed 13 of 26 for 157 yards.
Mississippi State won for the first time at LSU since 1991.
— Staff Reports