Emerson benefits from Bulldog Bash
FROM STAFF REPORT
It had been a long time since the Mississippi State Bulldogs had defeated the LSU Tigers at home.
The latest result had the Bulldogs partying like it was 1999.
After knocked off LSU 17-16 on Oct. 23, 1999, it had dropped the next eight in Starkville.
That's until Saturday night.
MSU took a 17-7 halftime lead over No. 12 (Associated Press) LSU at halftime, then went on to crush the Tigers 37-7 at Davis Wade Stadium. It was the largest margin of victory ever for the Bulldogs in the series.
LSU found it difficult to deal with MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores.
Aeris Williams led the Bulldogs with 146 yards rushing and averaged 6.3 yards per carry.
MSU improved its records to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers for just the second time in 18 tries dating to 2000.
"You've got to win the first one in the league," MSU head football coach Dan Mullen said. "It's a huge deal to win the first conference game."
For more on the game, see complete coverage from the Starkville Daily sports staff in section C. 662-323-1642
One of Starkville's largest outdoor events took place Friday and a local institution is set to receive a donation as a result.
The Emerson Family Resource Center was selected as the 2017 philanthropy for Bulldog Bash, with proceeds going to the school. Representatives from Emerson also explained the school's mission and role to the audience during set changes at the Friday night concert.
Emerson also had a booth in the Maroon Market, with information on its programs available to festival attendees.
Emerson project manager Elmarie Carr Brooks said the designation had come as a surprise.
“We feel like the work that we do at Emerson is worthy of it, but we don't know how we got selected, or anything,” Brooks said. “We just got the call. We certainly want to support anything in this community and be a part of it, so that's what we're here doing right now."
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Emerson office assistant Tifini Evans, left and project manager Elmarie Carr Brooks at Emerson's booth in the Maroon Market. The school was selected as the 2017 Bulldog Bash philanthropy.