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

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

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen knows better than to underestimate a team that's not in a Power Five conference. Optional: cuing up "Yakkity Sax" before hitting play.

Mississippi State didn't take any chances on a repeat performance of its 2016 season-opening loss to South Alabama. "We have nobody to blame but ourselves for the amount of turnovers we had, and then just some of the mistakes we made". MSU has yet to show a major threat in the passing game, though Nick Fitzgerald threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns in over a quarter.

Aeris Williams also eclipsed the 100-yard rushing plateau with 107 yards on nine attempts.

The Louisiana Tech football team had a miserable outing on Saturday, falling 57-21 to Mississippi State.

The third-and-goal play call was an Boston Scott run of 21 which led to a punt.

Mississippi State's relatively carefree evening of football didn't start out so well. "We get outgained by 140 yards tonight and lose 120, 87-some of them on that play".

But LA Tech was still fighting, and it was marching down the field. Fitzgerald scored on a 44-yard run just 33 seconds into the second half to stretch the advantage to 43-14 and erase any doubt about the outcome.

The ball rolled, bounced, and was kicked as one player after another raced to grab the elusive thing until Bulldogs receiver Cee Jay Powell finally stopped its 87-yard roll with a thudding lunge.

Kylin Hill punched in his first career touchdown late in the third quarter from 2-yards out pushing the lead to 57-14.

Starting at the six-yard line, looking to score, suddenly Louisiana Tech was looking at third-and-goal from practically in their own end zone.

TOUGH STRETCH: Louisiana Tech is playing two teams from the Southeastern Conference in a three-week span.

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