Bulldogs face Iowa with shot at biggest bowl win in 8 years
Outback Bowl: Iowa (8-4) vs. Mississippi State (8-4), Tuesday, noon, Eastern (ESPN2)
No. 22 Mississippi State beats Mississippi 35-3 in Egg Bowl
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald's previous Egg Bowl included a career-altering injury and a crushing loss on his home field.
One year later, Mississippi State's senior quarterback earned redemption.
Fitzgerald ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead No. 22 Mississippi State over Mississippi 35-3 on Thursday night in a rivalry game marred by a fight that led to four ejections in the second half.
Fitzgerald leads No. 25 Mississippi State past Arkansas 52-6
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald barreled through a defender during the fourth quarter, crashing face-first into the ground before trotting to the sideline while removing a huge clump of grass and mud from his helmet.
Two plays later, he was back on the field. And the quarterback's 19-yard pass to Austin Williams was a fitting way to end his time playing football at Davis Wade Stadium.
Fitzgerald throws 4 TDs, Mississippi St beats La Tech 45-3
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald's third touchdown pass of the first quarter was a perfect throw, expertly dropped over three Louisiana Tech defenders and into the hands of a sprinting Kylin Hill.
It was just three weeks ago that the Bulldogs' offense was in complete disarray.
No. 21 Mississippi St hopes to continue momentum vs La Tech
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The emergence of Mississippi State's passing game was a welcome sign in last weekend's win over Texas A&M.
But it wasn't just the improvement shown by quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.
The players catching it took a big step forward as well.
Osirus Mitchell and Stephen Guidry both made important plays in the win over the Aggies and No. 21 Mississippi State (5-3) needs that trend to continue through November, beginning when it hosts Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
No. 21 Mississippi St tries to keep momentum vs. La Tech
Louisiana Tech (6-2) at No. 21 Mississippi State (5-3, No. 18 CFP), 7:30 p.m. EDT (SEC Network)
Line: Mississippi State by 23½.
Series record: Mississippi State leads 10-3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Louisiana Tech's had a very good season and already shown it can be competitive against an SEC team after playing LSU tough in a 38-21 loss. Mississippi State is trying to keep momentum after an impressive 28-13 victory over Texas A&M.
No. 21 Mississippi State trending upward as November arrives
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The combination of coach Joe Moorhead's offensive philosophy and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald's run-first reputation has resulted in a volatile mix through their first eight games together.
It's been beautiful at times. At other moments, downright ugly.
Mississippi State upsets No. 16 Texas A&M, 28-13
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — One week after arguably the worst game of his college career, Nick Fitzgerald made throws that had a little extra zip to them. The decisions were a little quicker. The running had more purpose.
In short, Mississippi State's quarterback had his mojo back.
And the Bulldogs responded with an impressive upset win.
Fitzgerald threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead the Bulldogs over No. 16 Texas A&M 28-13 on Saturday night.
LSU’s Orgeron hopes coaches demand change to targeting rule
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron hopes coaches will band together and demand changes to NCAA football's targeting rule and how it is enforced.
Orgeron's suggestion comes just days after a target foul called last weekend LSU linebacker Devin White, a penalty which triggered White's suspension for the first half of the fourth-ranked Tigers' next game against No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 3.
Passing problems return for unbalanced Mississippi State
Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead has been concerned about the team's lack of balance and run-heavy approach.
It didn't take long against fifth-ranked LSU to see why.
No. 22 Mississippi St, No. 5 LSU meet for big SEC West game
Here are a few things to watch during Week 8 of the Southeastern Conference season:
No. 22 Mississippi State playing to its strength: Running
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead knows that senior Nick Fitzgerald can "throw a ball over a mountain."
And like most quarterbacks, Fitzgerald loves to show off that arm strength.
LSU prepares for physical challenge vs Mississippi State
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU's defense is getting mentally prepared for the physical challenges ahead of it.
Yes, the fifth-ranked Tigers were able to celebrate shutting down then-No. 2 Georgia. But now LSU will be tested by in its next two games by teams with quarterbacks who have dominated opponents with different strengths.
On Saturday, The Tigers will be challenged by Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald, who is the Southeastern Conference quarterback career-rushing leader.
Fitzgerald leads Miss St to 23-9 win over No. 8 Auburn
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State first-year coach Joe Moorhead once had a goal to turn Nick Fitzgerald into more of a passer than a runner during his senior season.
Six games later, there's been a shift in philosophy: Time to let the big man loose.
Struggling Mississippi State works to fix broken offense
Mississippi State's Osirus Mitchell made the mistake that might have cost the Bulldogs a win.
The sophomore receiver was open during the third quarter against Florida and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald hit him in stride. But the ball bounced off Mitchell's hands and fell to the turf as more than 60,000 fans at Davis Wade Stadium groaned in unison.
Mullen, Florida beat No. 23 Mississippi State 13-6
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — When Florida needed a fourth-down stop late in the fourth quarter, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham made a bold call with a safety blitz. Coach Dan Mullen knew the risk of leaving that part of the field open and loved it anyway.
"I've learned one thing through the years," the offensive-minded Mullen said with a grin. "Shut my mouth in that situation."
No. 14 Mississippi State, Kentucky run into SEC matchup
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — No. 14 Mississippi State and Kentucky boast two of the Southeastern Conference's top three rushing offenses, and the similarities don't stop there.
The Bulldogs (3-0, 0-0 SEC) and Wildcats (3-0, 1-0) also boast mobile quarterbacks in Mississippi State senior Nick Fitzgerald and Kentucky sophomore Terry Wilson, creating the potential for a fast pace in Saturday night's showdown between the unbeaten schools.
No. 14 Mississippi State faces big SEC challenge at Kentucky
No. 14 Mississippi State (3-0, 0-0 SEC) at Kentucky (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2).
Fitzgerald, No. 16 Mississippi State rout La.-Lafayette
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald admitted that he wasn't on his 'A' game last weekend at Kansas State, which served as his first game of the season. The fifth-year senior changed up the script against Louisiana-Lafayette and hushed a few critics regarding his passing ability.
Hitting on several long throws and converting on third downs, Fitzgerald accounted for 350 yards of offense and six touchdowns to lead No. 16 Mississippi State to a 56-10 victory Saturday night.
No. 16 Mississippi St tries to keep rolling vs La-Lafayette
Louisiana-Lafayette (1-0) at No. 16 Mississippi State (2-0), 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network Alternate)
Fitzgerald leads No. 18 Miss St to 31-10 rout of K-State
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — There was so much attention being paid to Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald's return to the field Saturday that nobody paid much to running back Kylin Hill.
Certainly not the Kansas State defense. Not even himself, really.
Fitzgerald leads No. 18 Mississippi State into Kansas State
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald was the first one to ask Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead for this week's scouting report, and he'll probably be the first one to have his cleats on Saturday.
That's what happens when you haven't stepped on the field since last year's Egg Bowl.
No. 18 Mississippi State ready for road at Kansas State
No. 18 Mississippi State (1-0) at Kansas State (1-0), noon ET (ESPN)
Humbled Fitzgerald returns for No. 18 Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald has been one of the Southeastern Conference's better quarterbacks the past two seasons. That's why the first week of his senior season was such a humbling experience.
Instead of preparing to lead Mississippi State against Stephen F. Austin, the veteran QB was running the scout team, serving a one-game suspension for a "violation of team policy" that happened last spring.
No. 18 Mississippi St goes into opener using backup QB
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's football program has hit a little adversity early in Joe Moorhead's tenure.
Now the first-year coach is interested in how the Bulldogs respond.
No. 18 Miss State plays first game under coach Joe Moorhead
Stephen F. Austin (4-7 last season) at No. 18 Mississippi State (9-4), 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Mississippi St QB Fitzgerald suspended for season opener
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Joe Moorhead's debut as Mississippi State's head coach added some unexpected intrigue after he announced starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is suspended for Saturday's game against Stephen F. Austin because of a "violation of team policy."
Moorhead — who talked about the decision during Monday's press conference — also said that defensive lineman Cory Thomas won't play against the Lumberjacks.
Confident Mississippi State ready to contend in SEC West
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State isn't shying away from its status as a contender to win the Southeastern Conference.
Instead, first-year coach Joe Moorhead is embracing the sky-high expectations and is pleased that his players feel the same way.
"Hype and confidence are two things that I don't worry about with the team," Moorhead said. "We are a very confident group, and I think we have a good reason. We have earned a right to be confident."
Mississippi State’s high hopes rest on Moorhead, Fitzgerald
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — If Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald is going to have a storybook ending to his college career, first-year coach Joe Moorhead has to get off to a fantastic start.
The Bulldogs are a popular pick to contend for the Southeastern Conference championship after finishing with a 9-4 record last season, and a glance at the roster reveals plenty of reasons why.
Mississippi St earns bowl win, focuses on ’18 with Moorhead
Mississippi State enjoyed nearly a decade of stability and success under former coach Dan Mullen, who left the program last month to take Florida's head coaching job.
Mullen moving elsewhere was jarring for the 24th-ranked Bulldogs, but Saturday's impressive win over Louisville in the TaxSlayer Bowl provides some proof that the good times might not be over in Starkville.
Thompson carries Miss State to 31-27 victory in TaxSlayer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — It likely was Lamar Jackson's farewell performance.
It definitely was Keytaon Thompson's coming-out party.
Thompson, a highly touted freshman making his first start in place of injured quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 24 Mississippi State beat Jackson and Louisville 31-27 in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday.
"He was phenomenal," Bulldogs interim coach Greg Knox said.
Florida coach Dan Mullen gets dual-threat QB on signing day
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida coach Dan Mullen has his dual-threat quarterback of the future, maybe even the now.
Emory Jones, of Franklin, Georgia, signed a national letter of intent with the Gators on Wednesday. He chose Florida over Florida State and Ohio State. He expects to enroll in school next month and compete for the starting job in spring practice.
TaxSlayer Bowl Matchup
Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) vs. Louisville (8-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), Dec. 30, Noon (ESPN)
LOCATION: Jacksonville, Florida
Mississippi St: RB Aeris Williams. The junior leads the team with 1,019 yards rushing. He has also caught 16 passes for 142 yards.
Starkville, Miss. — Jordan Ta'amu threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns, Jordan Wilkins ran for two scores and Mississippi upset No. 16 Mississippi State 31-28 on Thursday night.
Mississippi survives late upset bid by Mississippi State in Egg Bowl
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Jordan Ta'amu threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns, Jordan Wilkins ran for two scores and Mississippi upset No. 14 Mississippi State 31-28 on Thursday night.
No. 16 Mississippi St QB Fitzgerald leaves with leg injury
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald left with a right leg injury Thursday night in the first quarter against Mississippi.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Fitzgerald was running the ball when he was tackled and his leg bent awkwardly. He was carted off the field.
Fitzgerald came into the game leading the SEC in yards rushing for a quarterback, with 968 yards on the ground in 11 games. He also has thrown for 1,770 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
No. 16 Mississippi State is big favorite in Egg Bowl
Mississippi (5-6, 2-5 SEC) at No. 16 Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3, CFP No. 14), Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Mississippi State by 16.
Series record: Ole Miss leads 63-44-6
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Mississippi State is trying to wrap up an impressive regular season and win a second straight game over its in-state rival. Ole Miss is not eligible for a bowl because of a self-imposed postseason ban, but will try to end its season with six wins by pulling off a significant upset in Starkville.
Fitzgerald helps No. 17 Mississippi State top Arkansas 28-21
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald has established himself as nothing short of one of the Southeastern Conference's top quarterbacks, if not the best, in his two seasons at the starter at Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs junior added another moment to his growing legacy in Starkville on Saturday, rallying No. 17 Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3) for a 28-21 win over reeling Arkansas.
No. 17 Mississippi State eager to rebound against Arkansas
No. 17 Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3 SEC, CFP No. 16) at Arkansas (4-6, 1-5), Saturday, noon ET (CBS)
Alabama notebook: Fitzpatrick plays, Pierschbacher hurt, Ridley runs
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Kylin Hill received the handoff from Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, the final play of a scintillating first quarter for this Bulldogs offense. Hill looked upfield.
No. 1 Alabama has road test vs. No. 18 Mississippi St
No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC, CFP No. 2) at No. 18 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2, CFP No. 16), Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN).
Line: Alabama by 13½.
Series record: Alabama leads 80-18-3
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Alabama's trying to continue its march to an SEC Western Division title, SEC overall title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Mississippi State is trying to do something it's never done in coach Dan Mullen's nine-year tenure - beat the Crimson Tide.
Fitzgerald’s feet lead No. 18 Mississippi St on win streak
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's formula for offensive success has become fairly simple this season.
If Nick Fitzgerald is running, the Bulldogs are probably winning.
Mississippi State's bruising 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback has run for at least 100 yards in each of the past four games — all wins. Now the 18th-ranked Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference, CFP No. 16) and Fitzgerald will take on No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0, CFP No. 2), which has one of the nation's top defenses.
Rolling Mississippi State faces tough road game vs Texas A&M
Mississippi State has looked like one of the better teams in the Southeastern Conference at times this season, and one of the worst.
The disparity can be largely boiled down to one thing: Location.
Mississippi State is undefeated at home, crushing all four opponents it has faced. But the Bulldogs are just 1-2 away from Davis Wade Stadium, including lopsided losses in both conference games against Auburn and Georgia.
Cessna: Aggies aiming for better results against Mississippi State quarterback Fitzgerald
You don’t have to remind Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin that Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald ran 74 yards for a touchdown on the team’s first play from scrimmage in last season’s 35-28 loss to the Bulldogs.
Fitzgerald 3 TDs let Mississippi St dominate Kentucky, 45-7
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — In just seven games under first-year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Mississippi State's defense has gone from being ranked 110th in the nation to being one of the country's most intimidating.
The unit combined for two turnovers, three sacks and seven tackles-for-loss on Saturday and the Bulldogs beat Kentucky 45-7.
BYU-Mississippi State Notebook: Ghanwoloku interceptions a highlight from road loss
BYU sophomore cornerback Dayan Ghanwoloku said he knows he’s going to be hearing some good-natured ribbing from his teammates after Saturday’s 35-10 loss at Mississippi State.
Fitzgerald has 4 TDs, Mississippi State tops BYU 35-10
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — After a bye week and two straight blowout losses on the road to ranked opponents, Mississippi State retook control of the narrative of its season with 35-10 victory over BYU on Saturday.
"We did some silly things, made some silly mistakes, but overall I liked our performance," coach Dan Mullen said. "I liked our mindset coming off of the bye week."
BYU, Mississippi State look to ignite sputtering offenses
Mississippi State and BYU will both try to get more production from the passing game when they meet on Saturday.