Mississippi State has been developing a strong rushing attack all year, with the majority of the output coming from star redshirt sophomore quarterback, Nick Fitzgerald. And the running game reached its peak against Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.
Mississippi State could not be stopped by Ole Miss on Saturday. Behind tremendous efforts from Fitzgerald and fellow redshirt sophomore Aeris Williams, Mississippi State ran for 457 yards and 4 touchdowns on 47 carries. Mississippi State only attempted 17 passes (3 of which resulted in touchdowns, however). Fitz averaged 18.4 yards per carry and Aeris Williams had 7.6 yards per carry.
MSU produced a 200-yard rusher (Fitzgerald) & 100-yard rusher (Williams) in the same game for the first time in school history. #HailState pic.twitter.com/R07XAFfqbr— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) November 27, 2016
Dan Mullen will have plenty of opportunities this offseason to continue to build on this scheme as well. This is an offense that will lead to a lot of success for the Bulldogs in the future. With Nick Fitzgerald still developing as a passer and a wealth of talent at running back with Aeris Williams, Dontavian Lee, Nick Gibson, Alec Murphy, and potentially Kylin Hill if he indeed signs with State. Add in Malik Dear and Keith Mixon on sweeps and option plays and the Bulldogs will have plenty of options to turn to in order to run the ball.
So, remember, #AlwaysRunNeverPass
Jesse Palmer is a member of #alwaysrunneverpass— James Mckell (@JamesRMckell) November 26, 2016
#ALWAYSRUNNEVERPASS https://t.co/BrQFh6Wx3A— FWtCT (@mstatesports) November 26, 2016
Starting to see what is meant by the #AlwaysRunNeverPass offense...— no eggs here (@RedCupRebellion) November 26, 2016
See #alwaysrunneverpass sets up brilliant plays like that TD! That was b e a uuuuuuuutiful! #HailState— Justin W. White (@RevJDubya) November 26, 2016
#ALWAYSRUNNEVERPASS IS FOREVER AND EVER IT SHALL NEVER DIE https://t.co/1BxGbJiZeY— FWtCT (@mstatesports) November 26, 2016
WHERE IS #alwaysrunneverpass !?— Will Lawrence (@WBLawrence33) November 26, 2016