How To Lose 87 Yards In One Play

Mississippi State celebrates a play on defense

The things we did - we shoot ourselves in the foot, which makes it very hard to beat a very talented SEC team like Mississippi State with what they did.

Travelling to play at their place makes the task even tougher.

A high snap sailed over quarterback J'Mar Smith's head and skirted downfield.

Here are three key matchups to watch during the class between Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State.

"They are an extremely talented group", Mullen said. "They have some great athletes that they put out there on the field".

The best part is just how incredulous the announcer was throughout the entire play.

"We are going to have to run the ball and tackle well in open spaces".

Our game-tracker was very confused by what happened. Besides finishing eighth in the SEC with 2,423 passing yards, Fitzgerald also was the conference's No. 2 rusher with 1,375 yards.

That spelled the beginning of the end for head coach Sylvester Croom, who was replaced by Dan Mullen by the end of the calendar year.

"It's a long season".

"There were some ups and downs but there are good things to teach off of", Mullen said.

Barnes added a 45-yard field goal as the first half expired for Tech to cut the deficit to 36-14 at the half. Of course, it didn't get there, punting two plays later in what ultimately was a 57-21 defeat.

WHAT A DEFENSE: Mississippi State's defense had an impressive debut last weekend under new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Northwestern State took a shot on the freshman from Thibodaux early last weekend with Demon wide out Jaylen Watson getting behind him and hauling in the 52-yard pass for the game's opening score on the third play of the game. LA Tech was poised to answer marching inside the 5-yard line.

Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more in some of the game's more conventional moments. Expect Fitzgerald to use his speed a little more against Louisiana Tech.

Mississippi State's relatively carefree evening of football didn't start out so well.


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