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Mississippi State routs No. 12 LSU 37-7

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State's football series against LSU dates to 1896 and includes a whole bunch of heartbreak.

That wasn't the case Saturday night. In fact, the Bulldogs had one long party at the Tigers' expense.

Nick Fitzgerald threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to help Mississippi State rout No. 12 LSU 37-7 in a Southeastern Conference stunner. It was the largest margin of victory for the Bulldogs in the 111-game series.

It wasn't just that the Bulldogs were able to win, it's how they won. They physically dominated the Tigers on both sides of the ball, pushing LSU around in front of a delighted crowd of 60,000-plus that responded with constant roars and the deafening clanging of their trademark cowbells.

''There is nothing more fun than just going out there and kicking someone's butt, for the lack of a better term,'' Fitzgerald said. ''We had a great time. We were very physical. We knew we were going to move the ball on them. We knew if we played how we were supposed to play, we'd be fine.''

Aeris Williams led the Bulldogs with 146 yards rushing and averaged 6.3 yards per carry. Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0) beat LSU for just the second time in 18 tries dating to 2000.

LSU (2-1, 0-1) easily won its first two games of the season, but was overmatched by Mississippi State on both sides of the ball. The Tigers were also sloppy - two touchdown plays were negated because of penalties. In all, LSU was penalized nine times for 112 yards. Two defensive players were ejected for targeting penalties.

''We shot ourselves in the foot,'' LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. ''And there's no one but us to blame.''

Fitzgerald was 15-of-23 passing for 180 yards. Keith Mixon caught six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Jace Christmann made the first three field goals of his career, connecting from 30, 45 and 27 yards.

LSU tied it at 7 in the second quarter on Darrel Williams' 10-yard touchdown run. But Mississippi State responded with 30 straight points.

LSU's Danny Etling completed just 13 of 29 passes for 137 yards. Derrius Guice had 76 yards rushing.

''I mean, I'm embarrassed,'' LSU defensive lineman Greg Gilmore said. He added that ''we're an aggressive football team. But we've got to play smart.''

THE TAKEAWAY

LSU: It was an ugly night for the Tigers. Mississippi State dominated LSU in every phase and the Tigers looked undisciplined and overmatched. LSU has nonconference games over the next two weeks against Syracuse and Troy to get things right before jumping back into SEC play.

Mississippi State: It's a huge win for the Bulldogs, who now have a very interesting road game against Georgia next weekend. Mississippi State has a potent running game with Fitzgerald and Williams, and the defense is playing very well.

FINDING A KICKER

Extra points and field goals have been an adventure for Mississippi State over the past few seasons.

That's why Christmann's great game was such a pleasant surprise. The redshirt freshman had a perfect night, making all four of his extra points and all three field goals. He admits he was nervous, though it didn't show in the results.

''If there's a trick (to calm nerves) I haven't figured it out yet, I'll tell you that much,'' Christmann said. ''You just kind of relax and know that this is what I do all day, every day.''

UP NEXT

LSU hosts Syracuse in a nonconference game next Saturday.

Mississippi State goes on the road to face Georgia next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 13:01
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
37
Touchdown 13:01
7-N.Fitzgerald complete to 18-D.Thomas. 18-D.Thomas runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
0
yds
01:59
pos
7
36
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:00
47-J.Christmann 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
-26
yds
02:09
pos
7
30
Point After TD 5:10
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
27
Touchdown 5:10
7-N.Fitzgerald complete to 23-K.Mixon. 23-K.Mixon runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
36
yds
03:10
pos
7
26
Field Goal 10:58
47-J.Christmann 45 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
30
yds
04:02
pos
7
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:07
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 0:07
7-N.Fitzgerald runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
-4
yds
03:12
pos
7
16
Field Goal 5:09
47-J.Christmann 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
24
yds
04:35
pos
7
10
Point After TD 9:44
39-J.Gonsoulin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 9:44
28-D.Williams runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
34
yds
03:54
pos
6
7
Point After TD 13:38
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 13:38
7-N.Fitzgerald runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
-11
yds
01:22
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 15 25
Rushing 6 12
Passing 7 9
Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Conv 3-13 7-13
4th Down Conv 0-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 264 463
Total Plays 58 71
Avg Gain 4.6 6.5
Net Yards Rushing 134 285
Rush Attempts 28 48
Avg Rush Yards 4.8 5.9
Net Yards Passing 130 178
Comp. - Att. 14-30 15-23
Yards Per Pass 4.3 7.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-6 1-2
Penalties - Yards 6-48 12-158
Touchdowns 1 4
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 7-40.9 3-45.7
Return Yards 40 49
Punts - Returns 0-0 3-49
Kickoffs - Returns 2-40 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 1/1 7/7
Extra Points 1/1 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 3/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
12 LSU 2-1 07007
Miss. St. 3-0 01713737
130 PASS YDS 178
134 RUSH YDS 285
264 TOTAL YDS 463
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
46.7% 136 0 0 84.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59% 534 1 0 138.0
D. Etling 14/30 136 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 76 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
57 300 4
D. Guice 15 76 0 25
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 24 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 154 4
D. Williams 4 24 1 10
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 24 0
D. Etling 5 15 0 11
D. Dillon 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 23 0
D. Dillon 1 13 0 13
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 31 0
R. Gage 2 5 0 5
C. Edwards-Helaire 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 31 0
C. Edwards-Helaire 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 47 0
D. Williams 2 37 0 19
D. Chark 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 203 0
D. Chark 3 23 0 12
D. Dillon 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 41 0
D. Dillon 3 20 0 11
J. Moore 18 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 25 0
J. Moore 2 20 0 14
F. Moreau 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 28 0
F. Moreau 2 17 0 15
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 72 0
R. Gage 1 16 0 16
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 7 0
D. Guice 1 3 0 3
D. Davis 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 36 1
D. Davis 0 0 0 0
S. Sullivan 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 46 0
S. Sullivan 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Key 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Key 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Gonsoulin 39 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
2/4 6/6
J. Gonsoulin 0/0 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Growden 38 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 40.9 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
10 40.0 1
J. Growden 7 40.9 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Edwards-Helaire 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 22.4 21 0
C. Edwards-Helaire 2 20.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.2% 180 2 0 159.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.4% 543 7 1 156.7
N. Fitzgerald 15/23 180 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 146 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
48 336 1
Ae. Williams 23 146 0 28
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 88 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 240 5
N. Fitzgerald 14 88 2 24
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 79 0
N. Gibson 3 23 0 14
K. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 59 0
K. Thompson 1 12 0 12
K. Hill 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
K. Hill 2 11 0 11
D. Lee 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 26 1
D. Lee 3 7 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Mixon 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 97 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 112 1
K. Mixon 6 97 1 45
F. Green 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 90 0
F. Green 1 22 0 22
D. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 74 2
D. Thomas 1 20 1 20
D. Gray 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 95 1
D. Gray 3 19 0 11
J. Thomas 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 56 1
J. Thomas 2 13 0 7
Je. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 37 0
Je. Jackson 1 8 0 8
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 29 0
Ae. Williams 1 1 0 1
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Simmons 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
J. Simmons 1-1 1.5 0
M. Spencer 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
M. Spencer 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Christmann 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 4/4
SEASON FG XP
3/3 8/8
J. Christmann 3/3 45 4/4 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Cooke 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 45.7 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
10 45.7 2
L. Cooke 3 45.7 2 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Gray 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 16.3 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 16.3 35 0
D. Gray 3 16.3 35 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LSU 25 3:46 8 16 Punt
8:40 LSU 11 2:10 7 36 Punt
2:31 LSU 19 1:29 3 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:38 LSU 35 3:54 9 65 TD
5:04 LSU 25 1:34 4 10 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:53 LSU 25 2:24 6 17 Punt
5:04 LSU 19 0:34 3 3 Punt
1:55 LSU 25 1:14 3 5 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:01 LSU 25 2:31 9 52
8:28 LSU 25 2:45 11 40
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:07 MISSST 20 2:18 6 29 Punt
6:23 MISSST 13 3:38 6 18 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LSU 47 1:22 6 -11 TD
9:44 MISSST 25 4:35 11 62 FG
3:19 MISSST 46 3:12 11 54 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MISSST 25 4:02 9 48 FG
8:20 MISSST 21 3:10 8 64 TD
4:09 LSU 39 2:09 5 -26 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MISSST 42 1:59 5 0 TD
10:22 MISSST 25 1:43 3 3 Punt
5:36 MISSST 35 5:18 8 44 End of game