We expected a high scoring affair. We expected a ton of yards. We expected quite a few touchdowns. And we got all of that from Mississippi State tonight. Nick Fitzgerald and Aeris Williams paved the way for Mississippi State and the Shea Patterson led Rebels looked inept, going scoreless in the second half.
Fitzgerald ran for 258 yards, two touchdowns on 14 carries, averaging 18.4 yards a carry. He simply could not be stopped and became third in SEC history among quarterbacks running the ball in terms of yardage.
Alongside him, Aeris Williams ran for 191 yards of his own and also had a pair of touchdowns on 25 carries, averaging 7.6 yards per carry against the Ole Miss defense.
Mississippi State didn’t do much damage through the air tonight (but it truly didn’t have to). However, Fred Ross and Donald Gray each grabbed a touchdown pass from Fitzgerald to help expand the lead for the Bulldogs.
Defensively, Mississippi State had a relatively impressive performance. The Bulldogs looked vulnerable in the first half, but they held Shea Patterson and the Rebels scoreless. MSU had three sacks and two interceptions on the day, an int in the endzone from Jamal Peters and a pick six from Cedric Jiles.
Mississippi State and Ole Miss will both finish 5-7, but Mississippi State will end the season ahead of the Rebels in the SEC West at 3-5 while Ole Miss is at the basement at 2-6.