STARKVILLE, Miss. — Senior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald led the Mississippi State football team to a 28-13 upset win over No. 16 Texas A&M Aggies Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium.
With the win, MSU improves to 5-3 (2-3 SEC), while the Aggies fall to 5-3 (3-2 SEC).
The lone score of the first quarter came on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Fitzgerald to junior wide receiver Stephen Guidry.
Texas A&M kicked a field goal and scored a touchdown in the second quarter to hold a 10-7 lead at the break. The Aggies touchdown was a 34-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Kellen Mond to sophomore wide receiver Quartney Davis.
State had an impressive second half, as the Bulldogs scored 21 points, which was matched by a Bulldog defense that only allowed a field goal.
MSU took a 14-10 lead in the third quarter off of a 38-yard pass from Fitzgerald to sophomore wide receiver Osirus Mitchell.
Fitzgerald scored on a one-yard run and a 76-yard run to end the game’s scoring.
As an offense, MSU notched 384 yards of total offense, 241 through the air and 143 on the ground. Fitzgerald was 14-22 for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Guidry led all receivers with 130 yards on three catches. Fitzgerald led all players with 88 rushing yards on 16 attempts.
The Bulldog defense limited the Aggies to just 293 total yards, the Aggies’ lowest total on the year. Senior safety Johnathan Abram led MSU with nine tackles, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. Junior safety Jaquarius Landrews added seven stops, two sacks and three pass breakups.
This is the third straight season and the fourth time in five seasons that the Bulldogs have topped the Aggies. Mississippi State returns to Davis Wade Stadium Saturday, as it hosts Louisiana Tech (6-2) for Homecoming 2018. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT and the contest will be televised by the SEC Network.