Tal­ented Bull­dogs mow down Tigers

Orlando Sentinel - - COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL -

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Nick Fitzger­ald threw two touch­down passes and ran for two more scores to help Mis­sis­sippi State rout No. 12 LSU 37-7 on Satur­day night.

Aeris Wil­liams led the Bull­dogs with 146 yards rush­ing and av­er­aged 6.3 yards per carry. Mis­sis­sippi State (3-0, 1-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) beat LSU for just the sec­ond time in 18 tries dat­ing to 2000.

LSU (2-1, 0-1) eas­ily won its first two games of the sea­son but was over­matched by Mis­sis­sippi State on both sides of the ball. The Tigers were also sloppy — two touch­down plays were negated be­cause of penal­ties. In all, LSU was pe­nal­ized nine times for 112 yards.

Fitzger­ald was 15-of-23 pass­ing for 180 yards. Keith Mixon caught six passes for 97 yards and a touch­down. Fresh­man Jace Christ­mann made the first three field goals of his ca­reer, con­nect­ing from 30, 45 and 27 yards.

LSU tied it at 7 in the sec­ond quar­ter on Dar­rel Wil­liams' 10-yard touch­down run. But Mis­sis­sippi State re­sponded with 30 straight points.

LSU's Danny Etling com­pleted just 13 of 29 passes for 137 yards. Der­rius Guice had 76 yards rush­ing.

It's not just that the Tigers lost, but how they lost. Mis­sis­sippi State dom­i­nated LSU at the line of scrim­mage on most plays and the Tigers looked undis­ci­plined and over­matched. LSU has non­con­fer­ence games over the next two weeks against Syra­cuse and Troy to get things right be­fore jump­ing back into SEC play.

It's a huge win for the Bull­dogs, who now have a very in­ter­est­ing road game against Ge­or­gia next week­end. Mis­sis­sippi State has a very good run­ning game with Fitzger­ald and Wil­liams, and the de­fense is play­ing very well.

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