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LSU guard Josh Boutte returns after first-half injury

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LSU is rolling early against Mississippi State on Saturday night, but the Tigers are doing so without one of their starting offensive linemen. Guard Josh Boutte was forced out of the game with a left knee injury, but returned in the second half.

Boutte went down in the first half as the Tigers were building an early lead against the Bulldogs. It could’ve been a tough setback for a longtime member of the Tigers offensive line who was finally in the starting rotation after three seasons of filling depth roles at LSU.

The senior guard walked off on his own power.

LSU was leading Mississippi State 23-3 at halftime. At time of publish, Tigers’ quarterback Danny Etling was 15-of-23 passing for 180 yards and a touchdown.

Star running back Leonard Fournette scored two touchdowns on 16 carries with 90 yards at publishing time. D.J. Clark led LSU with 41 yards on two receptions.

Mississippi State struggled on the ground early. The Bulldogs ran for 50 yards on 20 carries at time of publish. The passing game didn’t produce much either. Nick Dylan Fitzpatrick threw for just 107 yards on 10 completions in 18 attempts.

The Tigers entered the game 1-1 and ranked No. 20 after a loss to Wisconsin to open up the season. The Bulldogs fell in their first game of the year to South Alabama 23-20 before bouncing back with an SEC win over South Carolina 27-14.

LSU guard Josh Boutte returns after first-half injury

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