Mis­sis­sippi State 35, Texas A&M 28

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

Nick Fitzger­ald ran for 182 yards and two touch­downs, Aeris Wil­liams added a ca­reer­high 140 yards and Mis­sis­sippi State up­set No. 7 Texas A&M 35-28 on Satur­day.

Mis­sis­sippi State (4-5, 2-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) was com­ing off an unin­spir­ing 56-41 win over lower-level Sam­ford. The Bull­dogs had lost their pre­vi­ous three games against FBS com­pe­ti­tion.

It was an equally stun­ning loss for Texas A&M. The Ag­gies were ranked No. 4 in the first Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings re­leased Tues­day, but will now al­most cer­tainly tum­ble out of con­tention.

Mis­sis­sippi State fin­ished with 365 yards rush­ing. The Bull­dogs’ big­gest drive was a grind­ing 14-play, 73-yard push in the fourth quar­ter that ended with Fitzger­ald run­ning for a 4-yard touch­down for a 35-21 lead. Mis­sis­sippi State ran 10 straight run­ning plays at one point in the drive.

Fitzger­ald was 18 of 31 pass­ing for 209 yards, two touch­downs and two in­ter­cep­tions.

Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2) not only lost the game, but pos­si­bly its start­ing quar­ter­back. Trevor Knight was knocked out of the game in the sec­ond quar­ter with an ap­par­ent right shoul­der in­jury and didn’t re­turn.

Knight wasn’t very ef­fec­tive when he was play­ing, com­plet­ing just 5 of 14 passes for 43 yards. He also ran for 54 yards and a touch­down.

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