STARKVILLE – Last week, Nick Fitzgerald started for Mississippi State but failed to complete a pass or move the chains and was pulled after the second series.
The sophomore was able to redeem himself accounting for 373 yards including a school-record 195 yards by a quarterback on the ground in the Bulldogs’ 27-14 win over South Carolina Saturday night.
MSU (1-1, 1-0 SEC) and Fitzgerald did most of their damage in the first half building a 24-0 lead. Fitzgerald fired two touchdown passes to Fred Ross and Jordan Thomas from 6 and 3-yards respectively. Ross also connected with Donald Gray for a 17-yard scoring strike in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs defense was dominating and limited South Carolina (1-1, 1-1 SEC) to just 34 yards rushing. State racked up 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and forced two turnovers.
The decision to start Nick Fitzgerald at quarterback again this week worked to the Bulldogs’ benefit. Fitzgerald completed 19 of 29 passes for 178 yards, two touchdowns and one interception playing the entire game behind center.
MSU senior Fred Ross accounted for two touchdowns during the first half and scored them in different ways. Ross hauled in a 6-yard touchdown from Fitzgerald on the game’s opening drive and then threw a 17-yard scoring strike to Donald Gray in the second quarter on a trick play.
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