The Mississippi State Bulldogs improved to 4-2 on Saturday afternoon after handedly defeating the BYU Cougars, 35-10.
The Bulldogs, led by a balanced offensive attack (they outgained BYU, 546-176) were in control for the entire game, leading 7-0 after the first quarter and 17-3 at the half.
Part of that defensive domination came from a complete stifling of BYU’s running game. As a team, the Cougars recorded just 29 yards on 17 rushes. BYU was unable to get anything going.
The passing game didn’t fare much better, as Tanner Mangum was rushed on multiple occasions and finished the day with just 145 passing yards.
On the other side, Nick Fitzgerald continued his stretch of strong play, picking up four total touchdowns on the day. Two came in the air and two on the ground. He had two interceptions, but overall it was a solid day.
This was a significant win for the Bulldogs. They had been on a two-game losing streak coming into the day and really couldn’t afford to drop this game, with how the rest of their schedule plays out. They have one more nonconference game left, when they’ll play UMass in November, but suddenly bowl eligibility looks more and more likely with needing just one SEC win down the stretch.