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Louisiana Tech lost almost 90 yards on one play

10 September, 2017, 09:20 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Mississippi State celebrates a play on defense

Louisiana Tech cruised in its first game of J'Mar Smith's tenure as starting quarterback. "They have some great athletes that they put out there on the field". I thought we ran the ball, but we didn't play well on the perimeter in throwing and catching the ball. MSU regularly rotated four backs as starter Aeris Williams had 16 carries for 83 yards.

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

"He was going insane and that was pretty exciting to see", said MSU coach Dan Mullen. "He's ready to go play physically".

And the loss of 89 yards also marked the worst negative play in FBS since at least 2004. Tech's secondary rebounded and allowed just 204 passing yards the rest of the game. Of course, it didn't get there, punting two plays later in what ultimately was a 57-21 defeat.

College football is the best. MSU has yet to show a major threat in the passing game, though Nick Fitzgerald threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns in over a quarter. But he ran for just 41 yards and a touchdown, which was a minor surprise considering he ran for more than 1,000 yards a year ago.

Mississippi State's relatively carefree evening of football didn't start out so well. Tucker Day made just one of his three field goal attempts. LA Tech scored two plays later and it was 9-0.

Now that the easy part of Mississippi State's schedule is over, they face a tough test in LSU next week.

There was one last score from Tech as it closed the score with a touchdown pass with 15 seconds left, but the game was well in hand of the Bulldogs from Starkville. The last time Tech hosted an SEC team in Ruston was Mississippi State in 2008.



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