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Mississippi State dominates Charleston Southern 49-0

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) In their opening game of the year, Dan Mullen's Mississippi State team needed to clear the deck. Last year's campaign was plagued by injuries and inconsistencies on both sides of the ball, and the team squeaked into a bowl game with a losing record. If 2017 is to be any different, the Bulldogs needed to set the tone in Week One.

Boy, did they.

Nick Fitzgerald threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Mississippi State to a 49-0 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Mississippi State racked up 555 yards of offense with 29 first downs and almost a 50-50 split on yards rushing and passing.

Such offensive chutzpah was to be expected from a Mullen team, but the bigger surprise for Mississippi State was their defensive dominance.

''They played to our identity,'' first year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. ''We attacked guys and understood what we needed to do from a game plan standpoint.''

Charleston Southern mustered only 33 total yards and two first downs against an MSU defense that allowed an average of 459 yards per game last season.

''That's the type of defense I expect,'' Mullen said. ''We had 11 guys running to the ball even with a couple minutes left in game. We've not had that here.''

Tougher competition looms, but with nine tackles for a loss, one sack and two safeties, the Bulldog unit carried the day.

''We've got a rhythm now,'' nose guard Jeffery Simmons said. ''Whatever the next team does best, we'll take that away too.''

MSU controlled the game from the opening kickoff, scoring 23 points and holding the Buccaneers to 15 yards of total offense in the first quarter.

''I don't want to be glib,'' Georgia Southern coach Mark Tucker said, ''but we probably set a school record today for most points in a game.''

The Bulldogs led 35-0 at halftime and cruised in the second half.

''It's an FCS team, sure, but we came out and played today,'' Mullen said. ''Maybe it's not a surprising result, but they can be. Other teams have been surprised.''

Fitzgerald was 16 for 29 for 239 yards, throwing touchdown passes to Gabe Myles and Deddrick Thomas. Aeris Williams led all rushers with 83 yards and a touchdown. Dontavian Lee also rushed for a touchdown.

THE TAKEAWAY

MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs avoided dropping a second straight opener and looked like a contender in the ultra-deep SEC West. Last year's opening day loss to South Alabama underscored how much the team missed Dak Prescott, but Fitzgerald has matured mightily since then.

''Last year it was a big deflation, a big letdown,'' Fitzgerald said. ''This gives us confidence to get in there with the film this week and get even better.''

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: Clearly outmatched, CSU has multiple areas to address before they are competitive as an FBS team. The Buccaneers are 0-19 versus FBS schools.

UP NEXT

MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs travel to Louisiana Tech next week for a second non-conference game, then host LSU the following Saturday in an early-season divisional sorting match.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: The Bucs head to South Carolina State for the second of three season-opening road tests on Saturday. Tucker, a first-year coach, will again be seeking his inaugural CSU win.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:58
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
49
Touchdown 5:58
10-K.Thompson complete to 17-J.Couch. 17-J.Couch runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
32
yds
03:39
pos
0
48
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:42
42-T.Day extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
42
Touchdown 8:42
28-D.Lee runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
20
yds
04:02
pos
0
41
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:37
42-T.Day extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
35
Touchdown 2:37
7-N.Fitzgerald complete to 18-D.Thomas. 18-D.Thomas runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
2
yds
01:08
pos
0
34
Field Goal 7:13
42-T.Day 40 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
-9
yds
01:50
pos
0
26
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:24
42-T.Day extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
23
Touchdown 1:24
22-A.Williams runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
-18
yds
01:45
pos
0
22
Safety 3:30
6-S.Bucenell to CCH 9 FUMBLES (43-F.Adams). 25-C.Hamilton recovers at the CCH End Zone. 25-C.Hamilton to CCH End Zone for no gain. to CCH End Zone for no gain safety.
plays
yds
pos
0
16
Point After TD 3:35
42-T.Day extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 3:35
7-N.Fitzgerald complete to 5-G.Myles. 5-G.Myles runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
0
yds
00:59
pos
0
13
Point After TD 14:02
42-T.Day extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 14:02
7-N.Fitzgerald runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
17
yds
00:58
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 2 29
Rushing 2 17
Passing 0 11
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 2-14 6-15
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 26 542
Total Plays 47 85
Avg Gain 0.6 6.4
Net Yards Rushing 18 268
Rush Attempts 39 49
Avg Rush Yards 0.5 5.5
Net Yards Passing 8 274
Comp. - Att. 3-8 20-36
Yards Per Pass 1.0 7.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-7 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-30 12-110
Touchdowns 0 6
Rushing TDs 0 3
Passing TDs 0 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 12-44.8 5-41.0
Return Yards 63 97
Punts - Returns 0-0 3-22
Kickoffs - Returns 4-63 2-75
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 0/0 7/9
Extra Points 0/0 6/6
Field Goals 0/0 1/3
Safeties 0 1
1234T
Charleston So. 0-1 00000
Miss. St. 1-0 23127749
8 PASS YDS 274
18 RUSH YDS 268
26 TOTAL YDS 542
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Bucenell 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
37.5% 15 0 0 53.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
37.5% 15 0 0 53.3
S. Bucenell 3/8 15 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Harris 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 18 0
R. Harris 7 18 0 5
R. Mitchell 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 11 0
R. Mitchell 3 11 0 8
T. Wilson 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
T. Wilson 3 9 0 5
A. Allen 17 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
A. Allen 2 8 0 5
G. Wall 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
G. Wall 1 7 0 7
C. Hamilton 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 4 0
C. Hamilton 9 4 0 6
L. Johnson 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 3 0
L. Johnson 4 3 0 4
N. Shuler 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 -1 0
N. Shuler 3 -1 0 0
S. Bucenell 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -17 0
S. Bucenell 5 -17 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Hatten 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
T. Hatten 1 7 0 7
C. Hamilton 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
C. Hamilton 1 5 0 5
G. Wall 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
G. Wall 1 3 0 3
K. Dinkins 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
K. Dinkins 0 0 0 0
S. Davis 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
S. Davis 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
K. Reighard 63 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
12 44.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 44.8 2
K. Reighard 12 44.8 2 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.2% 239 2 0 147.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.2% 239 2 0 147.2
N. Fitzgerald 16/29 239 2 0
K. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 35 1 0 146.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 35 1 0 146.3
K. Thompson 4/7 35 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 83 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 83 1
Ae. Williams 16 83 1 15
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 41 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 41 0
N. Gibson 6 41 0 12
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 41 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 41 1
N. Fitzgerald 7 41 1 19
K. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 36 0
K. Thompson 6 36 0 16
A. Murphy 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
A. Murphy 2 9 0 6
D. Lee 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 4 1
D. Lee 2 4 1 3
B. Braswell III 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
B. Braswell III 1 4 0 4
D. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
D. Thomas 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
F. Green 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 68 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 68 0
F. Green 2 68 0 62
D. Gray 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 57 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 57 0
D. Gray 3 57 0 24
D. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 34 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 34 1
D. Thomas 2 34 1 24
R. Todd 20 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 24 0
R. Todd 3 24 0 11
G. Myles 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 19 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 19 1
G. Myles 3 19 1 8
J. Thomas 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
J. Thomas 2 18 0 12
Je. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 15 0
Je. Jackson 1 15 0 15
K. Mixon 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 15 0
K. Mixon 1 15 0 15
J. Couch 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 11 1
J. Couch 1 11 1 11
O. Mitchell 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
O. Mitchell 1 9 0 9
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
N. Gibson 1 4 0 4
Ju. Johnson 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
Ju. Johnson 0 0 0 0
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
Ae. Williams 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Harris 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Harris 1-0 0.0 0
Ko. Jones 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ko. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
J. Gray 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Gray 1-0 0.0 0
F. Adams 43 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
F. Adams 1-0 0.0 0
C. Thomas 34 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0
J. Simmons 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Simmons 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Christmann 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
0/0 1/1
J. Christmann 0/0 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Cooke 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 44.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 44.3 2
L. Cooke 4 44.3 2 59
K. Schexnayder 27 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 28.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 28.0 0
K. Schexnayder 1 28.0 0 28
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Myles 5 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
G. Myles 1 23.0 23 0
D. Gray 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 52.0 52 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 52.0 52 0
D. Gray 1 52.0 52 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Myles 5 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 7.3 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 7.3 19 0
G. Myles 3 7.3 19 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:56 CHARSO 23 2:03 3 9 Punt
6:49 CHARSO 20 2:08 4 -15 Punt
3:30 CHARSO 16 0:00 1 -16 SAFETY
1:24 CHARSO 25 1:20 3 -3 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:13 CHARSO 11 2:57 6 15 Punt
7:02 CHARSO 19 1:36 4 2 Punt
4:31 CHARSO 1 0:33 2 -1
2:37 CHARSO 25 1:13 3 7 Punt
0:54 CHARSO 42 0:34 2 6 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CHARSO 25 2:06 3 6 Punt
8:37 CHARSO 9 0:49 3 1 Punt
3:57 CHARSO 30 1:40 3 3 Punt
0:56 CHARSO 27 0:32 2 3 End of quarter
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:53 CHARSO 31 2:08 3 2 Punt
5:58 CHARSO 25 3:58 7 19 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MISSST 25 0:58 5 17 TD
11:42 MISSST 22 4:48 15 -2 FG Miss
4:34 CHARSO 43 0:59 5 43 TD
3:09 CHARSO 25 1:45 8 40 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:49 MISSST 36 2:27 6 24 Punt
9:03 MISSST 44 1:50 7 -9 FG
5:18 MISSST 38 0:35 3 2 Punt
3:45 MISSST 45 1:08 6 55 TD
1:15 MISSST 14 0:14 3 0 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:44 MISSST 22 4:02 13 20 TD
7:42 MISSST 42 3:39 8 -12 FG Miss
2:09 MISSST 27 1:05 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:07 MISSST 41 2:07 5 10 Punt
9:37 MISSST 20 3:39 11 80 TD
1:51 MISSST 13 1:31 3 13 End of game