In a rare trip to Ruston, the Bulldogs initially had to work from behind. LaTech jumped ahead 9-0 early on in the first quarter after a field goal and a rushing TD from Kam McKnight. However, from there, State would score 36 unanswered points. Nick Fitzgerald tossed two touchdown passes and ran for one on his own. The two TD receptions were hauled in by Jordan Thomas and Donald Gray.
Jeffery Simmons got in on the fun also, picking up the first of two TDs on the day. Simmons, a defensive player, scooped and scored on both. The second one was 90 yards.
Fitzgerald picked up the second of two rushing TDs in the 3rd quarter. After a 30-yard scamper in the 2nd quarter, he outdid himself by going for 44. Suffice it to say, the State quarterback showed off why many consider him to be one of the best QBs in the SEC. Whether it be throwing the ball or running with it, Fitzgerald is as dynamic as they come.
LaTech is certainly a more competent opponent than FCS Charleston Southern. But, there’s still not too much that we can take away from a Conference USA opponent. We’re really about to find out what the Bulldogs are made of, though. That’s because their next outing is against the mighty LSU Tigers. They’ll have the advantage of hosting the Tigers in Starkville next Saturday. It should prove to be a treat.