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Mississippi State vs. Arkansas final score: Bulldogs edge Razorbacks

The Bulldogs sent the Hogs to futility with a last-second TD.

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With 17 seconds remaining, Nick Fitzgerald found Deddrick Thomas for a game-winning touchdown to give Mississippi State Bulldogs a 28-21 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks.

State was behind 21-14 entering the final quarter, and scored twice in the final four minutes. The game-tying touchdown came on a 37-yard reception by Reggie Todd. The come-from-behind win gives the Bulldogs their eighth win of the season and fourth in SEC play.

The Hogs, meanwhile, drop to 4-7 overall and 1-6. Their chances of earning a winning season are gone, and the probability of them becoming bowl eligible has quickly shot down the drain.


WHAT WE LEARNED

A 10-win season is in range for the Bulldogs

If Mississippi State can get through rival Ole Miss next week, the Bulldogs have a chance to complete a 10-win season when they play their bowl. If they were to accomplish that, it would only be the fourth time in program history that they hit 10 wins. The only others occurred in 1940, 1999 and, of course, 2014. Dan Mullen himself would be responsible for 50 percent of their 10-win seasons, and would certainly build himself even more goodwill in Starkville.

Arkansas is having one of their worst seasons in recent memory, and Bret Bielema may pay the price

The Hogs have enjoyed “prosperity,” if you can call it that, for the last few years since Bret Bielema’s first year in 2013. That year, they went 0-8 in conference play and 3-9. If they lose to the Missouri Tigers, that means they’d go 4-8 and 1-7. Given the complexion change, with Jeff Long being fired, Bielema’s chances of staying around in Fayetteville have surely shrunk.

Nick Fitzgerald had himself a day

Fitzgerald threw for two scores and scored another on the ground. He threw for 153 yards and scampered for 101, including a 25-yard rush. He came away with no turnovers in the game as State’s leading rusher and leading passer. State is lucky to have him under center, to say the least.