Fitzgerald finds redemption in MSU win

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (7) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Fred Ross (8) during the first half. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (7) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Fred Ross (8) during the first half. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

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.

EXTRA POINTS

TURNING POINT

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.

POINT MAN

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.

TALKING POINT

For full coverage of the South Carolina-Mississippi State game check out DJournal.com.

 

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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