Emer­son ben­e­fits from Bull­dog Bash

Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By CHAR­LIE BEN­TON educ@starkvilledai­lynews.com

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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(Sub­mit­ted photo)

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.

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