Louisiana Tech Faces Third And…93

Mississippi State defense takes over to beat Louisiana Tech 57-21

The skinny: Much was made about who would join Aeris Williams in the backfield to give coach Dan Mullen a one-two running back punch to go along with Fitzgerald. "Then we started rolling on offense and really hit some big, explosive plays and played well".

Mississippi State didn't take any chances on a repeat performance of its 2016 season-opening loss to South Alabama.

MSU (2-0) totaled 459 yards with 327 yards rushing.

The game didn't start the way Mississippi State would have liked as Louisiana Tech jumped out to a quick lead. Yes, the Bulldogs had third and goal from their own 7-yard line. J'Mar Smith completed 10 of 23 passes for 140 yards and an interception. "We get outgained by 140 yards tonight and lose 120, 87-some of them on that play".

They did end up picking up 21 yards on 3rd down, but it was still 4th-and-72, so they punted.

Barnes booted a 45-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to pull Louisiana Tech within 36-14.

Any chance of a Tech comeback was doused early in the third quarter as Fitzgerald scored on a 44-yard run 33 seconds into the stanza and Jeffery Simmons returned a Smith fumble 90 yards for a score at the 9:48 mark of the third.

Player after player on both teams tried to grab the ball and the ball kept getting knocked further back towards the Louisiana Tech side of the field. Freshman tailback Kylin Hill added 62 yards and his first career touchdown.

Six yards away from the end zone just seconds earlier, Louisiana Tech instead faced a third-and-goal - with 93 yards to go for a touchdown. Louisiana Tech's Cee Jay Powell finally fell on the ball at the Bulldogs' own 6-yard line. At the time of the worst offensive play this side of a punter whiffing on a punt, Louisiana Tech was down 43 points.

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