Bulldogs rout Tigers behind QB Fitzgerald
MISSISSIPPI ST. 37, NO. 12 LSU 7
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.
“There is nothing more fun than just going out there and kicking someone’s butt, for the lack of a better term,” Fitzgerald said. “We had a great time. We were very physical. We knew we were going to move the ball on them. We knew if we played how we were supposed to play, we’d be fine.”
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.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “And there’s no one but us to blame.”
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’ 10yard 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.