It turned out to be a one-sided affair as LSU dismantled Mississippi State, 41–14, while also giving college football fans a glimpse of Tigers freshman running back Kaleb Jackson, who registered a play that resembled LSU running backs from the past.
Jackson took the second down on second and 11 with 1 minute 53 seconds left in the third period. He bounced out to the sideline to the left, delivered an aggressive stiff arm to the Bulldogs’ Isaac Smith, then bulldozed through him to gain the firstdown.
LSU freshman RB Kaleb Jack: pic.twitter.com/2YKuVPdrGJ
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2023
It’s hard to watch this play without thinking about former LSU standout Leonard Fournette, who delivered similar punishment to defenders in his three-year tenure in a purple and gold uniform for the Tigers from 2014 to ’16.
In watching the play, Fournette couldn’t contain himself from commenting on Jackson’s strong run.
“That man has a family in the stands 😭,” Fournette posted.
LSU controlled Mississippi State from both sides for the duration of the game. Jackson’s five carries totaling 19 yards is the start of his college career. It will not be the last occasion fans see him perform punishing runs.
This man has family members in the stands😭 https://t.co/DObgkSg1eI
— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) September 16, 2023
— Jacob Hester (@JacobHester18) September 16, 2023
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Kaleb Jackson ejected a rocket from his hand on the first contact.
You get called back after a waiting call.
He then follows up with a run that is even more impressive. He ended the game with authority.
— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) September 16, 2023
Malik Nabers once told us that Kaleb is like Fournette. I was definitely taken back to Ole Miss 2016 when I flattened that defender. #LSU
— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) September 16, 2023
Kaleb Jackson, with a sliding step, lowers his shoulder to State safety Issac on the sideline. Gordy rush said what I thought on the radio: shades of Leonard Fournette. State DT Trevion William is injured and being helped out behind the play. #LSU
— Scott Rabalais (@RabalaisAdv) September 16, 2023