Costello has career game, guides Hail State to win over No. 6 LSU

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The LSU Tigers had a very good season in 2019. However, in 2020, they’re not off to a good start of the new season.

The No. 6 Tigers were defeated by the visiting Mississippi State Bulldogs, 44-34, at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback K.J. Costello attempting a pass against the LSU Tigers
K.J. Costello attempting a pass against the LSU Tigers (Photo by Mississippi State Football/Instagram)

In the last 60-years, there have been four defending champions, who lost the next season’s season-opener at home. The last-time this happened, according to ESPN’s Stats and Information was in 1978 when Notre Dame lost at home.

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K.J. Costello — the graduate transfer to Mississippi State after playing for Stanford — had an amazing first game with the Bulldogs. He had an Southeastern Conference high 623 passing yards in the game.

The 623 yards were the 11th-most by a quarterback in a game in FBS history.

The Tigers had just four returning players in Saturday’s starting lineup from their 2019 championship season. Sophomore Derek Stingley Jr. would have been the fifth; however, he was hospitalized overnight with an illness.

Costello went 36 of 60 for the 623 yards. He also threw five touchdown passes and had two interceptions. 

Kylin Hill had seven carries for 34 yards. Osirus Mitchell had seven reception for 183 yards and two touchdowns. 

Tigers quarterback Myles Brennan went 27 of 46 for 345 yards. He had thrown three touchdown passes and two interceptions. 

Chris Curry had nine carries for 47 yards. Terrace Marshall Jr. had eight receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns. 

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Mitchell had the aforementioned two touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Hill, Tyrell Shavers and Austin Williams also had a touchdown reception. 

Brandon Ruiz also made three field goals. 

Marshall Jr. also had the aforementioned two touchdowns for the Tigers. Arik Gilbert had a touchdown reception, as well.  

Jabril Cox also had an interception returned for a touchdown. 

Cade York made two field goals. 

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