Blocked FG helps Mis­sis­sippi State win St. Peters­burg Bowl

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

ST. PETERS­BURG, FLA. | Nick Fitzger­ald rushed for 142 yards and two touch­downs and Mis­sis­sippi State held off Mi­ami (Ohio) 17-16 with help from a blocked field goal in the clos­ing sec­onds of the St. Peters­burg Bowl on Mon­day.

Nelson Adams got a hand on Nick Dowd’s po­ten­tial game-win­ning 37yard field goal that would have helped Mi­ami fin­ish a stun­ning turn­around from a 0-6 start to the sea­son to a win­ning record. In­stead, both the Bull­dogs (6-7) and RedHawks (6-7) fin­ished with los­ing marks.

Fitzger­ald, who led the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence in to­tal of­fense, scored on runs of 2 and 44 yards on the way to his eighth 100-yard rush­ing per­for­mance of the sea­son.

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