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Weekend Watch Party: LSU-Mississippi State, 2000

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LSU’s other big overtime win from 2000.

LSU v Texas

When it comes to the 2000 season, the game everybody immediately goes to is the Tennessee game. First overtime game in Tiger Stadium, huge win over the 11th-ranked Volunteers right off the heels of the crushing upset at the hands of UAB.

The Mississippi State game seems lost to history, and that’s unfortunate. The Bulldogs came into Death Valley ranked No. 14, trying to make a real run at the conference title after blasting third-ranked Florida and 15th-ranked Auburn. The same Florida that had mauled LSU 41-9 the week before and taken out quarterback Rohan Davey.

  • So much from this game — State was using “Who Let the Dogs Out” as a theme song, because it was 2000 and we hadn’t quite shaken off the late 90s yet. But this is one of the quintessential Jackie Sherrill teams: insane defense led by Joe Lee Dunn, names like Fred Smoot, Pig Prather and Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack. And quarterbacked by Wayne Madkin, the analog Chris Relf. I swear he was Mississippi State’s quarterback for the entire decade of the 1990s.
  • Mike Golic and Bill Curry on the broadcast here — I used to really enjoy the two of them in that role. Always had a great rapport.
  • Smoot was the best cornerback in the SEC that year and he let everybody know it, too. Meanwhile, Josh Reed was just starting to establish himself as one of the league’s top wideouts. Reed caught 10 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in this one. But it was the tailback tandem of LaBrandon Toefield and Domanick Davis combining for 198 rushing yards and four touchdowns on what had been a top-10 rushing defense to that point.