OXFORD, Miss. (WJTV) – Facing a possible three-game losing streak in the Egg Bowl, Nick Fitzgerald and Mississippi State didn’t just come into Oxford and stop the skid: they ran away with the game.
The sophomore quarterback rushed for a single-game Mississippi State record 258 yards with two touchdowns in his first Egg Bowl as MSU pounded the Rebels for a 55-20 win. He added 109 yards and three touchdowns through the air, as the Bulldogs scored the last 28 points of the game.
On a day the Rebels announced they would have a new defensive coordinator at the end of this season, they simply couldn’t slow down a relentless Bulldog rushing attack. Aeris Williams added a career-high 191 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. Mississippi State ran for a season-high 457 yards and averaged 9.7 yards per carry.
Shea Patterson and Ole Miss did not score a point in the second half after putting up 20 in the first two quarters. The freshman quarterback completed 56.3 percent of his passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
As for the signal caller in Starkville, today’s game puts Fitzgerald in elite company. His 1,243 rushing yards this season are the third most in a single season in SEC history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
With the win, Dan Mullen moves to 5-3 in the Egg Bowl for his career while Hugh Freeze drops to 3-2. Both teams finish the regular season at 5-7.
Click the video below for WJTV 12 Sports Director’s TJ Werre’s report on a dominant performance by the Bulldogs.