Updated: Sunday, September 28, 2003 1:59 AM EDT
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(7) LSU 41, Mississippi St 6
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STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Shyrone Carey, Devery Henderson and No. 7 Louisiana State may be on their way to a special season. The same cannot be said for Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi State.

Carey rushed for two touchdowns and Henderson caught seven passes for 114 yards and a score as the Tigers routed the Bulldogs, 41-6, to improve to 5-0 for the first time in 30 years.

Matt Mauck completed 12-of-19 passes for 171 yards, one touchdown and one interception for LSU (5-0, 2-0 SEC West), which has won its first five games for the first time since going 9-0 at the start of the 1973 campaign.

"I'm pleased with the way the team competed," said LSU coach Nick Saban, whose team beat powerful SEC foe Georgia last week, 17-10. "It's always tough to come back and play after a big win. I thought our players overcame their emotion in the first half and played well throughout."

"We expected success coming into the season, but we didn't want to judge our success on wins and losses alone," Mauck said. "I'm not surprised that we're undefeated at this point because we know that good things will happen if we go out and play hard."

Mississippi State (0-4, 0-1) was held to just 31 rushing yards on 30 carries as it lost its ninth straight game. The Bulldogs are enduring their longest losing streak since dropping the final 10 contests of the 1988 campaign.

The last time the Bulldogs began a season 0-4 was 1968, when they dropped their first four games en route to an 0-8-2 record.

Carey gave LSU a 7-0 lead on a one-yard run with 16 seconds left in the first quarter. Two plays after Ryan Gaudet made it 10-0 with a 32-yard field goal, Jack Hunt intercepted a pass from Kevin Fant and ran 34 yards to the Mississippi State 1.

Carey - who has scored at least one rushing touchdown in every game this season - then punched it in to stake the Tigers to a 17-point lead with 9:48 left in the second quarter.

Travis Daniels returned an interception 48 yards for a score with 54 seconds remaining in the half for the Tigers, who have outscored their opponents by a whopping 103-3 in the first half this season.

Fant completed 19-of-30 passes for 191 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Bulldogs, who have lost four in a row to the Tigers. LSU is 61-33-3 all time against Mississippi State.

Mauck's 36-yard pass to Henderson 1:12 into the second half made it 31-0 before Gaudet kicked a 37-yard field goal with nine minutes to play in the third quarter.

Mississippi State scored its only points on a 15-yard pass from Fant to Justin Jenkins with 10:12 remaining but Fant's two-point conversion pass was incomplete.

LSU's Justin Vincent capped the scoring with a three-yard run with 5:49 to play.

"I think we weren't prepared for LSU," Jenkins said. "Kevin had a lot of pressure on him. It was our job to get open. We are just oging to work hard and get ready for Vanderbilt."

LSU has a bye week before hosting Florida on October 11.

"This is a great time for a bye week," Saban said. "We will look and see if we have any major injuries that take more than a week to 10 days to heal and make adjustments. We will take a couple of days off before getting back to work of some sort on Tuesday."

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