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Mississippi State throttles Arkansas in Starkville

Nick Fitzgerald had five total touchdowns in the 52-6 victory.

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Mississippi State Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Over their past few conference games, it seemed like the Arkansas Razorbacks had finally turned a corner.

Sure, they had still been losing, but at least the losses in October were more competitive than the losses in September.

Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, Saturday afternoon’s 52-6 loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville was a giant step backwards, as Arkansas was outplayed in every facet of the game.

Nick Fitzgerald had four passing touchdowns, finding Austin Williams twice, Justin Johnson and Osirus Mitchell once each. Fitzgerald completed just nine passes on the day and attempted just 14. He also had a rushing touchdown. Arkansas was outgained 475-219.

The Razorbacks used each of their three quarterbacks, and none of the three performed particularly well. Ty Storey went 16-28 with 137 passing yards and one interception. Mississippi State had no problem rushing the passer, as the Bulldogs picked up five sacks.

It’s hard to take too much away from this game. One team was clearly better than the other, and it showed across the board. The Bulldogs improve to 7-4 and 3-4 in SEC play, Arkansas falls to 2-9, 0-7 in SEC play. Each team has one game remaining.