The Mississippi State Bulldogs shocked us all as they toppled on the LSU Tigers, 37-7. Nick Fitzgerald was unstoppable and Danny Etling just could not get the ball rolling. The Bulldogs defense shined as the Tigers defense struggled throughout the game.
The game began as if it was going to be a pound-for-pound match as both teams were left scoreless at the end of the first quarter. Then, quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and company took over the rest of the game. He beat the Tigers’ defense not just with his arm but with his strength and speed on foot.
The Bulldogs quarterback went 15-23 for 180 yards, with two passing touchdowns, while rushing for 88 yards and two more scores. Running back Aeris Williams got in on the running fun, rushing for 146 yards on 23 carries. Wide receiver Keith Mixon added stats which he had six receptions, 97 yards and one touchdown. On the whole, Mississippi State had 465 total yards.
LSU struggled overall. Penalties caused major setbacks offensively for the Tigers, even causing touchdowns to be taken off of the scoreboard. Quarterback Danny Etling just couldn’t get anything offensively for the Tigers. He completed 13 out of 29 passes for 137 yards. A majority of his incomplete passes were there but his receivers couldn’t hold on.
Mississippi State’s defense was just a bit too much for the LSU offensive line and Jeffrey Simmons was a dominant factor in wreaking havoc. Derrius Guice was even held to 76 yards on 15 carries tonight. The Bulldogs were just tough and LSU couldn’t put their pieces together to create something great.
LSU didn’t look like a well-oiled machine as they were mentally not in the game and committed costly penalties as well. Two players were ejected for targeting in the second half and will miss the first half of next week’s game.
Are we sleeping on Mississippi State? Are they really that good or is LSU was really that bad tonight?