Bull­dogs rout Tigers be­hind QB Fitzger­ald


The Denver Post - - KICKOFF - By David Brandt

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.

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